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Joint art exhibition to unite schools

November 16th, 2015

Creative teenagers from three senior schools are joining forces to put on a diverse and exciting art exhibition for their community.

Around 60 pupils from Years 11 to 13 at Monmouth School, Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls and Monmouth Comprehensive will have masterpieces on display at the Shire Hall between Tuesday, November 24 and Thursday, November 26.

Matt Peake, head of art and design at Monmouth School, said: “This is such a nice thing for the pupils.

“Their work isn’t seen by the wider community very often, and there is so much talent to be celebrated.

“The art students have produced some stunning pieces.

“It’s also really nice for us to establish links with HMSG and the Comprehensive.”

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Among paintings, ceramics, multi-medium pieces and drawings, there will be a few familiar faces on display.

People might recognise the green grocer portrayed in a very colourful piece by Jak Dargie, who has just left Monmouth School to begin an Art Foundation course in Hereford.

Jak chose to paint one of his idols, Phil Munday of the town’s Munday & Jones fruit and veg shop last year.

This is just one of the many portraits the artists have poured their hearts into creating over the last year.

Mr Peake added: “Opportunities like this exhibition inspire and motivate the pupils.

“It gives them a real boost, and we hope to see as many people from Monmouth as possible during the show.”

Current Monmouth School art student, Harry, is looking forward to seeing works by pupils from other schools during the exhibition.

He said: “It will be useful to take inspiration from different people’s styles.

“Having all three schools involved allows us to meet other art students and share ideas.”

Harry has sold a couple of pieces to the public before, at the Art in Penallt festival, and the School’s end of year exhibition.

He added: “It’s nice to know when you have made something which is appreciated and liked by people, and not just good or bad based on a mark scheme.

“In the future, I am hoping to get a job involving art or design as I enjoy it, even when it gets challenging.

“For this exhibition I will be showing a few different pieces of work including some ceramic sculptures inspired by nature and mythology, as well as possibly some prints, paintings or drawings I have done from observational sketches, depending on what is ready in time.

“I like that in art you have some freedom to explore the things that you are interested in, in addition to what is expected by the exam board. It makes the subject more engaging and personal than most others.”

The Art and Design Exhibition, which is held every two years, is open between 9.30am and 5pm and entry is free to all.

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