Sixth form visual arts students studying for the International Baccalaureate at King Edward’s Witley, have been exhibiting their work at the contemporary Lightbox Gallery and museum, Chobham Road, Woking.
The creations were developed in response to an earlier visit to the Lightbox Gallery, to view some of the controversial and challenging work of Damien Hirst, the wealthiest living contemporary artist. Under the expert guidance of Abi Hall, Learning Director and Heather Thomas, Learning Officer at The Lightbox Gallery, the pupils discussed the iconic artist’s style and were encouraged to consider their own interpretations of the meaning and symbolisms within the show.
On returning to the school, the pupils took up the challenge to produce their own work inspired by their understanding of Hirst’s art career and renowned approach – in just three weeks. The reward for their endeavours was the opportunity to show their work at The Lightbox Gallery, at a time when the gallery is also featuring a show by Damien Hirst and a selection of 20th Century British Art from the private collection of Chris Ingram.
Caroline Shouksmith, Head of Art at King Edward’s Witley, was delighted with the results and commented: “We are so proud of the way in which each individual worked with flair and creativity to create their own Damien Hirst-inspired work of art. Our pupils have delivered some really good work and the maturity that they showed in addressing some very difficult themes is to be commended. Few artists of their age can claim to have had their work exhibited in the same gallery as the illustrious Damien Hirst.”