Didcot Girls’ School now has an art gallery – initiated by a parent who curates a public school gallery. I am privileged to be the third artist to have an exhibition there and it is wonderful to participate in such an amazing project.
It began with the book Dance and the poetry written by Christopher Ellott. So the idea of ‘Dance and the Woman’ became the theme. I was invited to give a workshop and the ballet girls posed for the art students for a day of life drawing.
They did over 30 x 1-2 minute poses using just conte, ink, bamboo pens and balsa pens. This is by one of the students.
Five of the dance girls took turns to pose.
which resulted in some fluid expressive drawings
and tomorrow, we’ll have the preview of my work with theirs alongside (do join us).
At the preview there’ll be some choreographed dance, and poetry readings by the creative writers.
I’ll be showing my dance artwork but have also been asked to show my sacred geometry pieces.
This is so that the Maths teachers can also use the work in their teaching to make maths more alive.
This is really nice for me as this makes the exhibition a retrospective in some ways. I’m also delighted at the initiative shown by the school and parents to support this exciting sort of education. It gives a whole new dimension to exposing all the students to art, because the exhibition space is in the sixth form canteen next to the art room.