Two of the art classrooms, connected via a smaller 'middle room' which provided refreshments such as cake, were transformed into art galleries with each student having an area of table and a large board. The transformation of the two art rooms made it easier for those who attended to see the art work. For example, the large-scale pieces of work (known as 'final pieces') were put on large blackboards, which made them stand out. It also gave a more professional feel to the students' work, which made me want to stay and look at each individually.
The work books belonging to the students were shown on the tables to give the viewers a full range of the students' work.
Ms Morris, the Head of the Art department at St. Joseph's R.C High School, believes that hosting this event every two or three years means it is a big event, which encourages parents to come in and other students to see the array of work on display. She said that it is a, "nice celebration because everyone works so hard" and, "it surprises students themselves because they don't realise how much work they have done throughout the year." This event also takes place after all of the exams have been completed by the students so for both teachers and students it is a nice relaxing event which becomes a "nice celebration and a chance to eat lots of cake."
I also interviewed Michal Jones who just completed her final year of Fine Art at St. Joseph's High School. Her work was on show at the event with the other three members of the Year 13 art class. Ms Jones said this event is, "important to show other people what the [art students] actually do" because, "lots of people think that art is not an important subject and most people will enjoy seeing the work that had lots of time and effort put into it."
The exhibition also provided an opportunity for the students who produced the work to explain their work to the teachers and parents who attended the event. Ms Jones told me that it is, "hard to explain work when you have been working on it for so long but it is nice to explain it so that people can understand it more and give it more credit."
This event also provided a strong educational stand point as the students can now have the view of hindsight and form an opinion on their own work and on what they need to do in order to progress.
Overall, the event had a nice personal feel and is beneficial, "for both students and the public." I really enjoyed this event, especially seeing the inspiring art work produced by the students.
Photos by Gareth Willey