School's choice: Past and Present

A group of Year 11 students from Bitterne Park School have devised a unique exhibition at Southampton City Art Gallery, which opens on November 3.



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The students have selected works of art and objects from the City Council's internationally renowned fine art and archaeological collections to inspire the creation of their own art works in response.

The exhibition, entitled "Past and Present", is curated by the students themselves and features their own works placed alongside the originals from the collections. The group have also researched and produced the accompanying gallery labels.

"Past and Present" promises to be an exciting and original look at the links between historic art and life and contemporary points of view. This will be the third in an innovative series of collaborations between students and the City Art Gallery. In 2003 the inaugural project "Observation Station", involving Bellemoor and Houndsdown secondary schools was highly acclaimed by visitors, the participants and Southampton`s Education sector. Houndsdown School was subsequently awarded a prize in the 'Working with Galleries' category of the national 'Artworks: Young Artist of the Year Awards 2004' for their contribution. Last year Itchen College's "Conflicting Interpretations" exhibition was applauded by BBC South'`s website 'Southampton Going Out'.

The exhibition runs until
January 8, 2006.


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