Siobhan Cull, Project Assistant (Education) has been working with students from four Wirral schools to put together the Lady Lever’s new exhibition, Fresh Perspectives. Siobhan tells us what it was like working with the students and teachers involved in the exhibition: "I am impressed with how incredibly talented the young artists are, not only have they created beautiful paintings and detailed drawings but the work is individual and personal, exploring very interesting themes and ideas.
I have loved working on an exhibition that can encourage the creative aspirations of young people. The students and teachers have expressed their delight at being part of an exhibition at a national gallery, how important this is for them personally and for their CVs and those applying for creative courses in the very near future. The students have also been able to find out a bit more about how exhibitions are put on and the roles involved at a gallery.
‘It feels amazing to be involved in this exhibition. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity; not every day you can say you’ve had work displayed in the Lady Lever Art Gallery.’ – Izzy Potts, student at South Wirral High
Whilst working on Fresh Perspectives I realised how much National Museums Liverpool treat the work of GCSE and A level students with the same respect and professionalism as work by internationally known artists with curators, designers and staff from marketing and exhibition teams all working together to create and promote the exhibition, which is incredibly important for the schools and artists. At the gallery we often talk with visitors about the training and early careers of artists like John Everett Millais. Fresh Perspectives is a unique opportunity for visitors to come and take a look at work created by future artists, designers and makers from the Wirral, and support those early careers." Fresh Perspectives is open now and runs until 1 May 2017. Find out more information at www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/freshperspectives
‘The opportunity to work with such an exciting group of young people is one of the best things about teaching. I know that myself and my colleagues are hugely appreciative of the effort and inspiration that our students put in to their work and it is really exciting to see their pieces displayed in such a prestigious exhibition. Fresh Perspectives offers a really amazing opportunity for young artists and it is lovely to see all their work on display alongside famous historical works by the likes of Rossetti, Reynolds and Wedgewood to name but three’ – Sarah Stewart, Head of Art at Weatherhead High School