Angelica Vanasse, Education Project Assistant for the Lady Lever Art Gallery has been working with local schools and their art departments on a very special exhibition, now in the final week of the 'Fresh Perspectives: Art from Wirral Schools' she tells you why you need to make time to see the work of our young local artists. "The fascinating Fresh Perspectives exhibition at the Lady Lever Art Gallery features artwork created by local secondary schools including Prenton High School for Girls, South Wirral High School, St John Plessington Catholic College, and Weatherhead High School. All of the work submitted was created by young people aged 13-18 and includes an impressive range of mediums and materials – drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, collage, textiles, and printmaking. The students pulled their inspiration from a range of sources, including nature, people, places, and artists and the result is impressive! As part of Weatherhead High School’s Leadership programme, eight sixth form students are took part in a youth volunteering project at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. They learned about what it takes to plan and prepare an exhibition for installation and helped out behind the scenes. We wanted to find out more about why it’s valuable to exhibit artwork created by local students at the gallery and they were the perfect crowd to ask. We asked them why it was important to showcase artwork created by young people in art galleries and here’s what they had to say:
"It provides the first steps for budding artists, being able to exhibit their art in a professional environment."
"A wider audience can view their creativity, not just teachers and other pupils."
"It provides a beneficial cultural experience."
"It’s something exciting for young people to visit the gallery to see."
"Fresh Perspectives is a chance for people to see new art in the gallery, where many of the collections are permanent."
"It adds a bit more life to the gallery."
"Art can be to everyone an inspiration" – William Hesketh Lever
Reflecting on Lord Leverhulme’s words, the students emphasized the importance of having contemporary artwork created by young artists included in the Lady Lever’s collections. They feel that his words still ring true for what the gallery is about, and this exhibition really reflects that. Don’t miss your chance to see the exhibition before it ends on Sunday 19 April!"