Pupils’ special art exhibition has a truly global feel

Art exhibition at Hawes Side Academy. Chloe Rhodes with other classmates from Year 1.
Art exhibition at Hawes Side Academy. Chloe Rhodes with other classmates from Year 1.
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Talented pupils at a South Shore school have been showcasing their artistic skills in a special exhibition.

Hawes Side Academy held its first ever art festival this week to give families, governors and friends of the Pedders Lane school chance to see the pupils’ artwork.

Self-portraits, seaside scenes, treasure chests, sculptures, a Stone Age cave, and robots formed part of the colourful display, which was held in the school hall and outdoor quad area.

There was also an exhibition of African themed artwork to coincide with a visit to the school from teachers from Kenya and Gambia.

Wendy Barnes, art teacher at the academy, said: “The idea is to showcase the children’s work. Then the earthquake happened in Nepal, and we thought it would be nice to raise money for that while we were doing the art festival.”

The display featured artwork from pupils throughout the school, from reception to Year 6, as well as some example pieces from Highfield Humanities College and South Shore Academy to show the youngsters how their artistic talents could be developed at high school.

Families were invited to look around the exhibition earlier this week, and craft sessions were also held for pupils.

Mrs Barnes added: “This is the first time we have done it in this way, and we are keen to make it an annual event.”

The event was organised to help raise money for the Impact Foundation that runs a school, the Shubhakamana Academy in Nepal.

Jeremy Merino, assistant headteacher at St Mary’s Catholic Academy in Blackpool, and director of the foundation, said: “It’s wonderful to see this celebration of art; it’s truly a great thing.

“Twenty years ago I visited Nepal and fell in love with the country. For the last 10 years I have been taking groups out every year. We have built a school hall and a library.

“I’m going out in February with 14 friends, family and colleagues to assess rebuilding following the earthquake.

“Every penny we raise will go to that community.”

Mike Shepherd, headteacher at Hawes Side Academy, said: “This is a great celebration of the children’s art and the hard work put in by staff and pupils.”