Young artists put their talents on display in public show

Young artists put their talents on display in public show

30th June 2014


YOUNG artists have put their talents on display in an exhibition of their work.

From horses heads to latex dresses, images of South Africa and a Buddhist tree of life, A level art students from Barnard Castle School have created a diverse and innovative body of work.

With exams completed, they must wait until August for their results but admirers were already snapping up their work on the opening night of the exhibition at The Witham, in Barnard Castle.

Head of art at Barnard Castle School Kate Baptist said: "The students have worked extremely hard and what's especially encouraging is the diversity of the work. It's very individual and personal to each student as they have chosen to work with what interests them."

Christopher Harrison, 18, of Startforth, was inspired by images of South Africa he witnessed when part of a rugby tour.

"I noticed two sides to the country when I was there. While there were people living in shanty towns there were also glimmers of hope, happiness and beauty," he said.

After falling off a horse aged 14 and never getting back on, Laura Spedding's sculptural homage to the animal proved therapeutic.

"I love horses but I don't ride any more. I was inspired by War House and wanted to create three sculptures so it looks as through the horses are coming through the wall," she explained.

The life size heads are based around a metal cast which the 18-year-old covered in hessian soaked in plaster.

"It took the full 15 hours for the exam. I was absolutely shattered physically," added Laura, 18, of Frosterley, who wants to study rural enterprise and land management at university.

The exhibition runs until Saturday, July 5. The Witham is open every day except Tuesdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm. 

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