The Small Show


Small Show

the small show

In ‘the small show’ size really does matter! ‘small’ requires a shift in perception, ‘small’ requires a different sort of looking and’small’ obviously requires different stratergies for making.

The rules are simple; the work can be no bigger than A6 and will be wall based as ‘the small show’ will be sympathetically exhibited in the cupboard of the Berwick Road Gallery in Welling School.

The P.V. will be held on the 17/3/15 at 15:00 – 17:30 and will be in conjunction with the ‘2 Pieces of Paper ‘ Show.

Make something and bring it in!

2 Pieces of Paper

image 2 bits of paper

Following on from ‘The Photocopy Show’ which was all about the democracy of the access to utilising the  xerographic process, the ‘Two Pieces of Paper’  show requires another strategy of engagement. Invention is the key word and as we know necessity is the mother of invention! Everyone has to follow the same rules and everyone  has access to exactly the same two images. The rules are:

Take one of each image

You may only rip/ cut/ fold/ glue each image together

Leave the completed image on the table

Remember Art is to enjoy!

As the work is created in the gallery we have seen the variety of diverse approaches to the creation of these collage works. The success of this project can already be seen in  the dialogue that is opened up between the various works and the visual and practical strategies of invention that have been employed in the creation of these images directly in relation to the confines of two pieces of paper.

Joseph Cartwright and Nicholas Lockyer

The Postcard Show

Postcard Show Publicity

Welling School Students Amy Baldwin and Olivia Marsh are organising an event inspired by the Royal College of Art’s annual “Secret” postcard show.

Every year the Royal College of Art invites students and professional artists to donate an artwork for the “Secret” postcard show. Each participant is given a postcard to paint, draw or sketch onto. The identity of the artist remains unknown to the public until the postcard is bought. Previous artists have included Damien Hirst, Sir Quentin Blake, Yoko Ono, Grayson Perry and Paula Rego.

We are inviting students, teachers and alumni from our school as well as professional artists to participate.

The money we raise from The Postcard Show will fund equipment and travel costs for the students project in Uganda. Here, they will be teaching tag rugby to the local communities in Jinja and Entebbe and working on a community project in a school.

If you would like to participate and create an artwork for the show please email or find her in P1.

Submissions by 16th March

Exhibition of postcards 23rd – 25th March

Raffle 25th March 6 – 8pm





The alTURNERtive Prize 2014

alTURNERtive Prize 2014


Schools are constantly in a state of flux; students graduate, staff move on, government ideologies change. The alTURNERtive Prize was established in 2002. The exhibition was set up to champion the work of our students and timed to coincide with the Turner Prize at the Tate. Events like the alTURNERtive Prize are unusual, they may occur as a one off, but it is exceedingly rare for them to become embedded within a school’s annual calendar or indeed to garner so much attention from outside the school institution.

The prize evolves every year and marks the current concerns of the artists involved. I am always impressed by the diverse nature of the work tackled by our students. 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.

It has been an exciting few months for our students as they not only embrace the possibilities of the new school year but also those opportunities presented by our growing relationship with external institutions. Welling School’s regular schedule of exhibitions at the Berwick Road Gallery have been supplemented for selected students this year who have also had the opportunity to exhibit in both The Hayward and Whitechapel Galleries. We are honoured to be embraced by such influential organisations and are eager to continue to offer these opportunities to our students.

Over the years we have built strong relationships with the broader art world. Our list of previous judges and presenters reads a little like a who’s who of the Art world. This year is no exception as we welcome the Whitechapel Gallery’s Head of Education & Public Programmes Sofia Victorino as a judge and the internationally exhibited artist Peter Liversidge to present the prize.

The alTURNERtive Prize demonstrates annually how we should aspire to see the art made in school as not made by “Students” but rather by “Artists”. The alTURNERtive prize is the distillation of what makes Welling…Welling. I am hugely proud of the staff and students who make the furtherment of Art and Artistic ideals their goal.

alTURNERtive Prize 2014 Catalogue