The exhibition as a whole was a great success and was enjoyed by many generations of the community. Thank you to all the teachers for their enthusiasm and to the Art Department at Guiseley School for running the workshops and helping schools with their ideas, to all the visitors and to Anita for coming to visit us. The last thank you must go to the children for all their hard work. We look forward to next year!
The exhibition was open during the daytime but we also opened late on the Tuesday evening to allow more of the local community to view the art. Anita Bowerman, official artist of the Tour de Yorkshire 2015 gave a presentation about her own recycled art and her use of recycled tools such as feather quills and twigs which she uses to paint with. She gave a demonstration of some of the techniques she uses, her talk was both interesting and informative. She brought along some of her work for us to view and was very impressed by the childrens’ work.
The many visitors we had were very impressed by what they saw and the phrases “Very good” and “Fantastic” were commonly heard. The exhibits prompted discussion about recycling and disposal of rubbish, an issue that is at the forefront of the news at the current time. They greatly appreciated the effort that the children and teachers had put into the work. Many visitors brought younger siblings along to see what their older brothers and sisters had made.
Visitors to the exhibition were very impressed by the work that they saw. Many people came to see the work that their children’s school had made and that of other schools but also many visitors came from the local community so see the talents of our young people.
When the children came to visit with their schools, in addition to contributing to the large piece of ocean themed art, they also had time to look at the work the other schools had made for the exhibition. Some children were fascinated by information which was displayed detailing the length of time it takes for rubbish to be broken down. Other thoughts from the children were that getting involved and making the jellyfish was the best part and they enjoyed seeing what other schools had done. They all greatly enjoyed their visits.
All twelve schools visited the exhibition with small groups of children to contribute to a large piece of art which was produced over the 2 days. An ocean scene was made by using different painting techniques to form the backdrop and by using plastic bottles to make jellyfish for the 3D piece of work.
From the 19th-20th June 2018 we held our annual art exhibition at Guiseley Methodist Church. All the schools belonging to the Trust produced fantastic pieces of art based on the theme “Recycled Art”.