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Hidden Schools Tour: Children's artwork success celebrated

Fri, 4th Apr, 2014

Parents of pupils at St Columba’s Catholic Primary School, Bradford, celebrated their children’s achievements on Thursday 3 April 2014, following a series of workshops led by Impressions Gallery as part of our Hidden Schools Tour.

Over the last four weeks, pupils in Year 5 have participated in a series of workshops inspired by Hidden, an exhibition on display in school. Hidden, by acclaimed photographer Red Saunders, features large-scale photographs that re-imagine significant yet overlooked events in British history, and are full of detail to spark the imagination of young people.

Impressions led four workshops at St Columba’s, designed to improve pupils’ understanding of history, art and photography. This included a day-long workshop with artist Jonathan Turner where pupils participated in a photographic shoot, dressed in historical costume, and recreated local scenes throughout different periods in history.

On Thursday afternoon, parents viewed a special display of artworks created by their children during the workshops. Pupils also acted as ‘exhibition tour guides’, giving presentations to parents about Hidden, to share what they had learnt.

St Columba’s Catholic Primary School is one of 12 schools across the district participating in the Hidden Schools Tour. The tour, which takes a nationally acclaimed exhibition and brings it directly into schools, is thought to be the first of its kind in the country, and is funded by Arts Council England.

Sarah Read, Deputy Director of Impressions Gallery said: ‘Impressions Gallery already offers an extensive education programme, but the Hidden Schools Tour is helping us to work with young people who wouldn’t normally come into a gallery, building their confidence and understanding of artists, photography, and galleries. It’s fantastic to see how inspired pupils at St Columba’s have been by Red Saunders’ accessible, dramatic and socially engaging work’.

Christine Emmott, Deputy Headteacher at St Columba’s Catholic Primary School said: ‘We are delighted to have worked in partnership with Impressions Gallery to bring this exciting opportunity to our pupils. The exhibition in school has been a wonderful teaching resource and the corresponding workshops have been a great way to help our pupils to imagine how people lived in the past’.

A student from St Columba’s, aged 9, said: ‘I think the Hidden exhibition was amazing and it has helped me to learn about the past and how photography works. I really enjoyed the activities, especially dressing up and getting my photo taken.’

Artworks created by all 12 schools on the Hidden Schools Tour will be exhibited to the public at Impressions Gallery in December 2014. For more details on the project, visit http://hiddenschoolstour.com

Students at St Columba's School celebrate their acheivements

Students at St Columba's School celebrate their acheivements