Gallery displays GCSE art

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An enterprising school has drawn up the perfect solution for students wondering what to do with their GCSE art work.

Rather than send the 16-year-olds home with their masterpieces, they have booked an entire art gallery to display them to the public.

And any collectors interested in snapping up raw talent can make the students an offer.

The work displayed by Bletchley’s Sir Herbert Leon Academy will include paintings, ceramics, glass and Photoshop art.

There is also a section on “found art” – collages made of objects picked up by pupils from city streets.

“The found art is amazing. The students have used coins, bottle tops, old crayons, old mobile phone parts and paper – literally anything they could find for free,” said the academy’s head of art Emily Lang.

Another student has spent hours painstakingly producing carvings and drawings – on crab shells and old chicken bones.

Said Miss Lang: “We’ve been impressed by all the efforts of our year 11 art students this year.

“Normally the students take their work home after they’ve finished their exams. Their pieces may end up stuck in a corner or put up in the attic.

“But we thought these we so good that they ought to be shared – and they’re certainly good enough to go on display in a gallery,” she said.

Miss Lang, who is already predicting top grades for all the teenagers, said anybody interested in buying an original piece of artwork should make the student an offer.

“It will be up to the individual student whether they want to sell or not,” she said.

The exhibition will feature the work of 40 students. It will include their final GCSE exam pieces as well as coursework they’ve completed during the two years.

It will be launched on Friday between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at the Tecton gallery in Fenny Stratford’s Church Street.

It will also be open all day Saturday and Sunday for the public to view.

Said Miss Lang: “We are really excited about this opportunity to showcase our students’ artwork and celebrate Sir Herbert Leon Academy’s success within the local community.”