A thought-provoking and visually stimulating display of students’ art, craft, design and photography was unveiled at Ramsey Grammar School last week.
The exhibition comprises the artwork of the school’s GCSE, AS and A level students and is on display until the moderation process has been completed.
Head of arts Gerry Quinn praised the high standard of the work, saying ‘a number of pieces stood out and would not be out of place in some of our more prestigious galleries on the island or in London’.
He said: ‘What is evident in this exhibition is the level of academic and intellectual standing of the work, it is thought-provoking, challenging and visually stimulating to the viewer.
‘The work is comprised of a variety of mediums exploring a range of topics and themes from still life, cultural art, African and Asian masks, outline, from above to landmarks,’ he added.
‘There is on display an exciting range of technical, academic and creative skills, highlighting links to a range of artists and various cultures.
‘Clearly visible through the work was reference to artists such as Bridget Riley, Van Gogh, Patrick Heron, Michael Craig Martin, Juan Gris as well as The Boyle Family, to name but a few.
‘Pupils employed a variety of mediums, demonstrating technical abilities and competence beyond expectations, working to their strengths.
‘It was clear to see from the outcomes they were motivated and confident in their approach to creating imaginative and personal responses and encouraging to see pupils with a real purpose and passion for art.’
Philippa Li was awarded the prize for best year 13 art student. She created work with links to Antonio Gaudi and the designs of William Morris, exploring subject matter with reference to organic forms, creating a sense of fluidity and movement, influenced by nature.
Peter Enwright was awarded the prize for best year 13 photography student.
Head of photography Stuart Curran said Peter developed his skills over two years and in year 13 ‘truly began to find his own style’, creating large photographs, layering images of landscapes and people and adding mixed media to create a ‘canvas of vibrant colour and effect’.
The prizes are sponsored by Ramsey Rotary Club.