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Pupils' Art on Display at the University of Bolton

Monday, 06 July 2015

Bolton School’s GCSE and A Level artists have recently had their work on show as part of the Best of Bolton Schools’ Art and Design Exhibition. This annual exhibition, which is now in its thirteenth year, is hosted by the University of Bolton at the Innovation Factory of the School of Arts, Media and Education.

This event is a collaboration between the University and schools in Bolton, and features the best wok from secondary school pupils across the borough. The work of pupils from both Divisions was showcased as part of the exhibition, and really showed the diversity and creativity within the School.

Boys’ Division work included watercolour and ink studies, artwork created by ‘data bending’, or re-arranging the code of an image file to create a new image, double-exposed images, and images of ‘book in a jar’ art pieces created for World Book Day in collaboration with the English department.

The work on display from the Girls’ Division varied from traditional painted canvases and large-scale chalk pastel works, to creative and unusual handbag designs hanging from the ceiling. Clay pieces were also on display, as was a large-scale ‘dress’ with a bodice made partly from used train tickets and a skirt of colourful ribbons.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Cllr Carole Swarbrick and Jaleh Hayes, were given a tour of both Bolton School sections of the exhibition by Mrs Ryder, Head of KS5 (Sixth Form) Art in the Boys’ Division, and Miss Fazackerly, Head of Art in the Girls’ Division.

The exhibition is sponsored by The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS), Bolton Decorative and Fine Art Society, and the University of Bolton. Miss Fazackerly is also one of the main organisers, working with the Fine Art department at Bolton University.

A number of prizes were presented on the opening evening of the exhibition, with the Fine Art prize going to Girls’ Division Year 13 pupil Robyn Lomas. This means that the School had picked up prizes for the past four years. Robyn received £75 of Ken Bromley art supplies as her prize.

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Daniel Anderson and his watercolour and ink pieces

Daniel Anderson and his watercolour and ink pieces

Adam Palmer with his work

Adam Palmer with his work

Some of the boys

Some of the boys' art on display