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Pop-Up Exhibition at Bolton Market Place

Monday, 07 July 2014

Over the weekend, the Boys’ Division Arts Council held its first ever Pop-Up Exhibition at Bolton Market Place!

The exhibition illustrated the students’ impressions of Bolton School. There were no traditional drawings or paintings in evidence; instead installations, projections, photography and many more techniques were used to challenge common perceptions of Art. The use of new technologies and unusual mediums throughout the exhibition helped with this.

The Pop-Up Exhibition took place in one of the units in Bolton Market Place. This was a really large space, but the boys had no problem in filling it with their work, all of which was created for the exhibition in their own time.

Once all of the pieces were in place, the exhibition opened on Saturday morning and gathered plenty of attention from shoppers in the Market Place. Even Lofty the Lion, the Bolton Wanderers mascot, popped in to the Pop-Up Exhibition and gave the boys’ artwork his thumbs up of approval!

Boys’ Division Art teacher Miss McCann, who organised the Pop-Up Exhibition, was delighted with how the weekend went. She said: “I am so proud of the students and everyone involved in this making this project such a great success. The exhibition itself was an absolutely fantastic event – a real celebration of creativity! I’d also like to say a big thank you to the Year 12 graphic communication students who designed the posters and the brochures. It was a really professional show and something that we will hopefully be able to continue for years to come.”

The Boys’ Division Arts Council is a society for students in Year 7 to Year 9 who have a passion for Art and Design. They meet up every week to discuss new artwork, which they discover through Pinterest and other online resources, and any exhibitions they have visited. They are also introduced to some more unusual art techniques beyond those taught in lessons, such as light painting, printing and photography. The main objective of the Arts Council is to celebrate Art and challenge the boys’ idea of what constitutes Art.

Miss McCann said of the Art Council, “It promotes the idea that Art is not only about skill. It’s also creativity, it’s a form of communication, it makes you wonder, it challenges you, and it is all around you.”

The boys who exhibited their work were:

Year 7
Will Hardy

Year 8
Lewis Dixon
Dom Aly
Rob Aldred

Year 9
Aqeel Suleman

Year 12
Max Kitshof
Calum Gould
Dan Haymes
Ben Laine

Year 13
Ashfaq Emritte
Luke Brabin

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The exhibition was well attended

The exhibition was well attended

A wide variety of art styles and techniques were on display

A wide variety of art styles and techniques were on display

Lofty gives the exhibition a thumbs up!

Lofty gives the exhibition a thumbs up!