The alTURNERtive Prize Winner 2016

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The alTURNERtive prize, now in its fifteenth year celebrates outstanding contemporary art practice by 12 nominated students at Welling School. The prize evolves every year and marks the current concerns of the artists involved and displays the impressive, varied nature of the work tackled by students in Years 11-13. The breadth of issues and approaches that are confronted easily rivals those found on degree courses. Every year has been remarkably different, highlighting the innovative approach to art education for which Welling School is now renowned.

This year the award was presented to the winner by former Turner Prize nominee Jane Wilson. The prize was judged by a panel made up of the Freelands Foundation’s Head of Education Henry Ward, former alTURNERtive Prize nominee Abi Granger and art teacher Harriet Stripling.

Sara Nakash was announced as winner to an expectant audience in the Berwick Road Gallery on the 1st of December. The judges commended the intensity and commitment of Sara’s practice. Sara skilfully produced work around the theme of maternity and childbirth. Sara’s installation uses drawing, painting, sculpture and audio to produce a claustrophobic intense emotional experience. Sara has broad interests and this is exemplified in her work for the exhibition. The Popular Prize, voted for by Year 7 students, was awarded to Nicole Malcolm for a large scale oil painting exploring the surface of fabric.

 

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ARTiculation Teachers Forum

On Wednesday evening we hosted the ARTiculation Teachers Forum in our gallery. This was a chance for teachers to find out about the Prize, as well as hear from Dr Kirsty McDougall, Arts Admissions Tutor for Cambridge University. The ARTiculation Prize is a public speaking competition for students aged between 16 and 19. Each student gives a presentation about a work of art, artefact or architecture of their choice. We look forward to some of Welling School students being part of the award next year!

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History, Philosophy and Ethics Exhibition

The History, Philosophy and Ethics department have take over the gallery for the final weeks of the school term. The exhibition encourages students to engage with History, Ethics and Philosophy through interaction and the visual arts. On the opening night there was over 50 parents, students and teachers who enjoyed the exhibition and speeches from students on a range of topics. Amongst the speeches there was:

‘Can hackivism be a source for good?’ by Jeremy Fosten and ‘What did Simone De Beauvoir argue?’ by Carni O’Driscoll.

Well done to the History, Philosophy and Ethics department, and in particular Danny Conway for curating and organising the show.

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Trip to Aida Wilde’s Studio

Students from Year 7 through to 12 attended a workshop with the wonderful Aida Wilde in her print studio in Hackney Wick. Here they discovered the artists work and screen printed a fantastic poster designed by artist Cristina Lina. www.cristinalina.co.uk   www.aidaprints.com

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(photo by Aida Wilde)

As part of the day we looked at graffiti in the area and discussed the rapidly changing landscape of Hackney Wick, in particular thinking about the effects of gentrification and the role of artists and art in this process.

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This is the last workshop in a series of several in which Welling School students have produced content for a series of posters that will be part of the re-activation of the Schooling and Culture journal. Schooling and Culture was a publication created by educationalists and young people in the 70s.  http://maydayrooms.org/archives/schooling-and-culture/

Thanks so much to Olivia Chessell, Cristina Lina and Louise Shelley from The Showroom Gallery who have organised and run a series of fantastic workshops as part of this project.

 

The Project Archive is Here

The project archive has been built and is now in the reception area ready for people to take and read some of Welling School’s finest publications. The project was a collaboration with designer – makers co-db and Key Stage 3 students Lucy Cloud, Katie Jordan, Frankie Wilkinson, Charnie Coleman, Shani Obinyan, Katie Ford, Frank Watson, Alfie Parker, Sam Evans, Billie – Jo James, Emma Britchfield, Ashanti Tchaleau, Anastasia Vkova, Dani Moore, Rosie Kenn and Carla Dobbins. www.co-db.uk

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Building an archive

15 students have been selected from Key Stage 3 to design and build an archive for the reception in the school. The archive will be the home place of art department publications and copies of ae, for visitors to enjoy. The project is in collaboration with architectural design and build wizards, co-db. www.co-db.uk

Students were chosen from a warm-up project with art teachers Ruth Taylor and Dean Ewen-Coulson, in which they were given a brief by co-db to design an archive in a supermarket for various collections of objects including inflatables, stuffed birds, and balls!

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James and Eva from co-db came in for one day to design the archive with the students. Students worked in groups to come up with ideas and now Eva and James have the large task of building all the best ideas together in one design! In the next workshop, we will construct and install the archive, and of course have a celebration!

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Well done to the following students:

Lucy Cloud, Katie Jordan Frankie Wilkinson, Frank Watson, Alfie Parker, Sam Evans, Charnie Coleman, Shani Obinyan, Katie Ford, Dani Moore, Rosie Keen, Carla Dobbins, Anastasia Vkova, Rebecca Tibirna and Alicia Bolton.

Art Is…

Art Is…

Welling School were one of the contributors to the Freeland Foundation’s Art Is… event at Tate Modern on Saturday the 9th of April. Staff and students handed out hundreds of copies of the recently published æ 8. Darcy Hodge took to the soapbox to share her experiences of working as part of Press Gang on the newspaper. It was a brilliant event and a great speech. Well done Darcy!

Visit to ARTiculation Finals

Four Welling School students were selected to visit this year’s ARTiculation finals at Cambridge University. ARTiculation is a national award for students in which they deliver a ten minute presentation about a work of art, artefact or architecture of their choice. http://rochecourteducationaltrust.co.uk/articulation-prize/. The selected students were Lay-la Pinnock, Emily Mills, Chloe Saville, and Amy Baldwin.

As part of the day students had a tour of Cambridge University. The photos below are by Chloe Saville and the text is by Amy Baldwin.

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Courtauld Workshop at Welling School

Last night we were pleased to welcome Katie Faulkner from The Courtauld Gallery. Katie gave a workshop, in which she spoke about 20th Century British Sculpture. This was followed by a practical workshop drawing the negative space around sculptures.

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