Wirral students will exhibit their artwork at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, in the company of internationally-renowned masterpieces.
Fresh Perspectives: Art from Wirral Schools opens on 8 February and runs until 19 April 2015.
The exhibition features a diverse selection of works including paintings, photography and textiles. The pieces have been created by GCSE and A-level students from Prenton High School, South Wirral High School, St John Plessington Catholic College and Weatherhead High School.
It is the second time that the exhibition, which runs biennially, has been held at the Gallery. Works will be displayed across three rooms, showcasing the breadth of creative talent held by young people in Wirral.
Sandra Penketh, Director of Art Galleries at National Museums Liverpool, said:
“The Fresh Perspectives exhibition in 2012 proved to be very popular with our visitors and we’re sure that this year’s exhibition will see a similar response.
“From intricate textile work to striking monochrome photography, the students have demonstrated their talents across a really exciting and diverse range of mediums this year. They should feel very proud of their work.”
The exhibition is supported by the Wirral-based Johnson Foundation, a long-time supporter of both the Lady Lever Art Gallery and educational projects for local children and young people.
Gemma Churlton, Teacher of Art at Prenton High School for Girls, said:
“We are extremely proud to be part of the Fresh Perspectives exhibition again this year. It is wonderful for our students to have the opportunity to show their work outside of school to a wider audience, especially in such a prestigious gallery.
“To have their work professionally displayed in such a beautiful setting is a fantastic celebration of their achievements. I’m sure this will be an experience that they will not forget, and something that will inspire them greatly.”
Debra Freckleton, Head of Art at Weatherhead High School, said:
“We are delighted to be part of this exhibition for the second time. It's an excellent opportunity for our hard-working Fine Art and Textiles students to showcase their talents.
“It takes their work to a wider audience and gives them experience of how a professional exhibition is organised. Displaying our A-level work alongside such prestigious artwork really celebrates students’ achievements and we are proud to be taking part.”
For more information on the exhibition, visit liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/freshperspectives
About the Lady Lever Art Gallery
The Lady Lever Art Gallery houses one of the UK’s greatest collections of fine and decorative art. An extensive programme of restoration and improvement is currently underway in the South End of the Gallery. The £2.8m project will see 500 square metres of gallery space transformed. The galleries will be returned to their original architectural design and more than 1,500 objects will be redisplayed, including the best collection of Wedgwood jasperware in the world, one of the finest collections of Chinese porcelain in Europe and outstanding 18th century paintings, furniture and sculpture. The scheme will be funded through donations, corporate sponsorship and major grants, including a generous grant of £1.2m from the The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).For more information on the project, visit liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/leverplans
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About National Museums Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. We attract more than 2.7 million visitors every year. Our venues are the International Slavery Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool, Sudley House, UK Border Force National Museum, Walker Art Gallery and World Museum.