GCSE and A-level art students from St Albans School in Hertfordshire held an exhibition recently at the Gallery Rouge in the city centre and the walls of the ground floor were lined with paintings, prints and multimedia works that were also on sale to the public.
St Albans mayor, councillor Geoff Harrison, was very impressed with the art by local youngsters when he attended a private viewing: “It has been instructive for the pupils to place a value on their work,” he said, “and from what I have seen they have undervalued their pieces.”
The director of Gallery Rouge, Kuldip Chohan, is keen to promote new art and the art industry, especially to young people: “My parents wouldn’t let me study art, because they didn’t see it as a real subject. The connection with the young people is about trying to make them and their parents understand that art is a viable vocation.”
It was with this in mind that he invited St Albans School to hold an exhibition in his gallery, with nearly 40 works on display: “I wanted the students to understand what it’s like to be a professional, commercial artist, because they might not get such a chance ordinarily,” Mr Chohan continued.
“This was a prestigious opportunity for our students,” added the Abbey Gateway school’s head of art, Tim Jenkins. “Many artists have to work for years before they feature in an exhibition.”