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South Wirral High’s Fresh Perspective

9 March 2017 by Megan

This is the third time that Fresh Perspectives – which runs biennially – has been held at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, showcasing the breadth of creative talent held by young people in Wirral.

We spoke to South Wirral high School to find out their thoughts on the exhibition. Head of Art at the high school, Susan Lunt has said

“South Wirral High School is yet again delighted to have the opportunity to showcase our outstanding artwork at the internationally renowned Lady Lever Art Gallery. This year we have submitted art from our hugely talented 6th form students who have focused their work on a variety of exciting themes such as Hidden Identity, The Gotesque, Japanese Culture and Children’s Literature.

Fresh Perspectives continues to be an annual highlight for both students and staff at South Wirral and we are particularly proud this year to present our talented year 12 and 13 students, as they’ve developed their art skills immensely throughout their school life and have now become confident and gifted young artists. Each student feels great pride in being part of the exhibition, an experience they will remember for a lifetime.” Miss S Lunt, Head of Art

Students from South Wirral High School are amazed by the opportunity they have by displaying their artwork at the Lady Lever Art gallery. We asked the students to write down how they feel about this experience, their influences and what they have planned for their art studies in the future.

Izzy Potts from South Wirral High really got into character when creating her art, Izzy talks about her inspirations for her artwork

“It feels amazing to be involved in this exhibition. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity, not every day you can say you’ve had work displayed in the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

I’m inspired by all typed of art, I love the ceramics in the Lady Lever, but my two favourite artists are Frida Kahlo and Yoko Ono, because they are independent female artists whose work is so inspiring. They’ve influenced work by giving me the confidence to put myself in it, the way they do. I was able to study my face, noticing things I hadn’t before.

I really want to continue my studies in art to university and want to become a professional art dealer in the future.”

Josh Clague from South Wirral High, whose painting Damaged is on display in Fresh Perspectives said

“To have a piece of my own artwork in the Lady Lever Art Gallery is an amazing opportunity and I am privileged to have artwork of mine in such a prestigious gallery.

I was inspired by a handful of artists who worked within the comic book industry. One of the most notable artists is Jim Lee who is one of the most successful comic book artists around. He has worked on some of the most popular comic book titles DC comics has to offer.

I mainly enjoyed the process of creating the comic book characters, through costume and an abundance of makeup and using my friends as the models for my photography. This was an interesting experience as it was the first time I’d ever used my friends as actors to pose for my art and I was able to use my drama skills to achieve this.

I’d love to gain a future career in the art industry, perhaps in comic book illustration or film and TV production.”

Hannah Kinsley-Smith talks about her inspirations for her piece of artwork

“Gayle Utters was the main inspiration for my artwork as she paints colourful and abstract portraits of the religious teacher Buddha. This inspired my project as I was looking into Japanese Culture and equal opportunities for diversity and sexual preference.

I really enjoyed creating my artwork, using my friends as models for Geishas. The 3D fan on my canvas gave me the opportunity to work with a variety of materials.

Having my work in the Lady Lever Art Gallery is so exciting because I want a future career in the Arts. I would love to go to University and eventually become and Art Teacher and this is such a great opportunity for me to start with.”

Ellie Westbury who has two pieces of artwork on display mentions how much she enjoyed making the artwork

“I feel proud of my pieces of artwork displayed in the exhibition and that my hard work has paid off. Even when I found the workload stressful, it has all been worth it now.

My photographs are inspired by the artist Annie Leibowitz who recreates famous fairy tale scenes using celebrities. As my project was based on the children’s story Alice in Wonderland, the original illustrations by Tenniel and Walt Disney’s cartoon version were also both important in my work.

For my photography I thoroughly enjoyed buying, making the props and doing my friends hair and makeup as Alice for my photo shoot. It was interesting figuring out which lights and poses work best on camera. I also enjoyed painting the canvas, as I felt I developed my skills in this area.

I would love to become a teacher, and if I did, it would be extremely rewarding to teach art. However, if this doesn’t work out, I still want to work in the field of art and design, perhaps clothing or home décor.” Ellie Westbury

If you still haven’t had a chance to see Fresh perspectives, it is on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, the exhibition is on until 1 May 2017.

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