Textiles students showcase their skills in new studio exhibition at Pallant House Gallery.
Pallant House Gallery is delighted to announce a new studio exhibition showcasing the work of GCSE and A-Level students from Chichester High School for Girls. ‘Synergy’ will feature a range of eclectic, colourful and engaging textiles designed and created to reflect and complement artworks from both the permanent and temporary exhibitions at Pallant House Gallery.
As well as the unique opportunity to exhibit their work, students were also encouraged to work even closer with Pallant House Gallery by using artworks in the collection as their inspiration. As a result, ‘Synergy’ boasts a variety of textiles ranging in techniques and theme.
Kay Hawkes, Head of Textiles at CHSG said that the studio exhibition “inspires students, and gives them a sense of achievement…students can complete their work with a Private View and an exhibition which provides an incentive to work to the highest standard”. Sophie Ashe, whose work ‘Self’s Reflection’ will be on display, agrees: “Despite having used various artists in my work before, I have never felt a personal connection. Viewing the artist’s work in the gallery and the encouragement of exhibiting the finished piece at the end creates a stronger bond with the artist and a better outcome, which I really value.”
Speaking of the link with Pallant House Gallery, which runs a successful Community Programme, Mrs Hawkes said “Working closely with the Gallery has been of great benefit to the students and to the school which, as a Special Status School of Art and Science, has targets to be seen as part of the wider Community.” With the incentive of exhibiting at such a well-respected gallery, Mrs Hawkes commented that the standard of works has attracted exciting comments from the examiner who stated he was “Over the moon with the rich and diverse works this project has produced”.
The textiles featured in this exciting new exhibition are a result of visits to Pallant House Gallery where students studied a range of works from exhibitions such as Contemporary Eye: Crossovers and the more recent exhibition Robin and Lucienne Day: Design and the Modern Interior. Visitors can see responses to such exhibitions in the form of Emma Mulkern’s Little Chintz Dolls, inspired by the artist Laura Ford and a social and political inspired piece by Amy Woodham, based on the work of Grayson Perry. Orren Garner’s work ‘Repetition’ was inspired by Lucienne Day’s iconic prints. Speaking of his final piece Orren said “The patterns that Lucienne designed have become well known all over the world. I combined aspects of her work with Damien Hirst’s spot prints to form my own unique design… I am pleased with my final piece- I feel it is simple, effective and connects well to the Artists.”
Synergy is free to the public and runs from 5-31 July 2011
Please note the studio at Pallant House Gallery is
sometimes closed for workshops. Visitors are advised to phone in advance to guarantee entry.
Pallant House Gallery
9 North Pallant
PO19 1TJ UK
Gallery Opening Times
Sun 11am -5pm
Adult £7.50, Child £2.30 Stdnt £4, Family £17