Students at Sutton Valence School, near Maidstone, have been selected to have their work hung in the prestigious SW1 Gallery in London, which this week saw the opening of the fifth annual Foundation Art Exhibition. The schools of the combined trust of The Grey Coat Hospital Schools Foundation and United Westminster Schools encompass in this exhibition the best work of the five schools supported by the trust: Queen Anne’s, Caversham; Emanuel School, Grey Coat Hospital School and Westminster City School, all in London and Sutton Valence School, Kent.
Manager of SW1, Owen Ward, himself a talented artist and who previously worked at Sutton Valence School, said, “The combined trust includes schools from both the independent and state comprehensive sectors, who work together to bring to the gallery work of a surprisingly high standard. So high, in fact, that the event has on many previous occasions been mistaken for a mixed show by professional artists!”
The Sutton Valence School exhibit was formed from paintings by Hannah Bateman, whose family are stationed in Kuwait, Cal Summers and Ben Woodmansee, Tonbridge, Hannah Royer, Maidstone, Luke Easter, Lamberhurst, Anastasia Toynbee, Appledore, Charlotte McVarish, Sutton Valence and Claudia Chiappini from Bearsted.
Nick Gorman, Head of Art at Sutton Valence was delighted with the opening night, saying “The exhibition offers students, who are the potential artists and designers of the future, a unique opportunity to present their work to the public in a prestigious gallery in central London. It gives them a chance to experience the excitement of showing their work in a professional context, with the added possibility of selling to the public!”
The exhibition runs until 3rd December.