George Salter Academy have been working alongside The Public in West Bromwich on a series of artistic projects – part of a long term partnership between the two organisations, built over the last few years to enhance student development.
On 16 June, Post 16 Art and Design students from the West Bromwich school will be provided with a unique opportunity to showcase their work within the gallery – celebrating their development and creative journeys. Paintings, 2D and 3D media, photography and textile work will be displayed as part of a project between George Salter and a network of schools from across Sandwell. By working collaboratively alongside six local schools, the staff and students have been able to successfully share ideas and valuable strengths.
Having their work displayed in a professional gallery has provided the students with an opportunity to gain helpful advice and expertise from the gallery’s exhibition staff as well as a greater understanding of the cultural sector.
Mandeep Kaur Rehal, an Art and Design student from the college added, “This is now the third time I’ve had the opportunity to exhibit. Working with The Public has been a different and creative experience, providing me with the opportunity to learn more about unique ways in which artwork can be presented.”
Leanne Watton, Head of Art and Design at George Salter Academy said, “Working alongside The Public has not only provided our students with valuable experience in exhibiting, it has seen them develop a sense of pride in their work. Collaborating with the arts centre has enriched learning, giving the students the chance to do things they would otherwise not have the opportunity to do.”
The exhibition forms part of a long term partnership between the West Bromwich arts centre and George Salter Academy. As well as having the opportunity to display artwork in The Public for free, the Black Country art centre’s learning team have also hosted a number of digital workshops for their Graphic Design students. Specially tailored Light Drawing and Photoshop workshops have helped the school’s Key Stage 5 students learn new creative techniques and skills, and try something new which they otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in.
Linda Saunders, Managing Director of The Public said, “The Public are committed to celebrating the talent of the local community. By working alongside George Salter Academy we’re not only able to assist the development of their students and provide them with new skills, but also enable them to try their hand at something new.”
The George Salter Academy Key Stage 5 exhibition will take place from the 16 to 19 June and is free to visit.
If you are a teacher or group leader and want to find out more about The Public, their exhibitions and workshops, contact the Learning Team on 0121 533 7161, where they will assist with planning visits, tours and specialised workshops.