WIRRAL school pupils will have their paintings on show alongside the masters of art when they exhibit at Lady Lever Art Gallery.
Fresh Perspectives: Art from Wirral Schools opens on Saturday and runs until April 7.
The exhibition features a diverse range of nearly 100 works including painting, collage and textiles created by Year 10 students at Wallasey School and Weatherhead High School, Prenton High School and South Wirral High School,
Lady Lever has held mini displays of schools’ work in the past which proved very popular with visitors. The gallery was keen for students to put on a much larger exhibition this year to showcase the creative talents of Wirral’s young people.
The exhibition is supported by the Wirral-based Johnson Foundation, a long time supporter of both the Lady Lever Art Gallery and educational projects for local children and young people.
Debra Freckleton Head of Art Weatherhead High School, said: “We are delighted to be part of this exhibition. It gives our students the opportunity to showcase their artwork to a wider audience and celebrate their achievements. It is inspiring for our girls to be part of a professional exhibition where their work will be shown amongst famous paintings and artefacts in such a lovely gallery.”
Philip Duffy, Headteacher Wallasey School, added: “Wallasey school prides itself on the high quality of the Art work produced by students year on year. Anyone who visits the school cannot fail to be impressed at the stunning work produced. We are delighted to have been invited to contribute to this very important exhibition that celebrates the work of young people and staff at the school.”
Sandra Penketh, Director of Art Galleries at National Museums Liverpool, said: “This exhibition provides a platform for young Wirral artists to show off their creations in of Europe’s finest art galleries. The Lady Lever boasts paintings by the likes of Constable, Gainsborough and Millais. So the students are in esteemed company. They can feel very proud of their achievements.”