Beacon Academy Art and Technology Department celebrated the creative talents of students from all year groups with a spectacular Visual Arts Summer Exhibition, entitled, “Fragments”.
Students, staff, families, guests and local dignitaries including the Mayor of Crowborough, Cllr Greg Rose, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Martyn Garrett and Crowborough Town Councillor Alan Penney flocked to attend the exhibition on Thursday 12 July in the Academy’s state of the art Creative Learning Centre. The modern, light-filled space provided the ideal setting to showcase a dazzling array of artworks produced by the students throughout the year, across a variety of disciplines.
Mayor of Crowborough, Cllr Greg Rose, commented;
It was a pleasure to attend the recent Summer Art Exhibition at Beacon Academy. The high level of creativity is simply staggering, and the commitment of both the students and staff is clear to see. I was very impressed with the A Level work on gender stereotypes which has resulted in some amazing pieces.
Featured work included paintings, sketch books, prints, textiles, light boxes, graphics and photography. Year 8 work included a project titled Cultural Diversity featuring the iconic Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. This project featured a stunning large collaborative portrait painting of the artist in the middle of the space, surrounded by a collection of unique memory boxes created by Year 8 students. Visitors were invited to peruse the exhibited work and array of art sketchbooks and leave comments on luggage tags to hang from a tree that will be on show permanently in the Academy’s Art and Tech building. A Level and GCSE coursework and exam work was also on display, and featured impressive responses to various artists and project themes.
Head of Art and Technology at Beacon Academy, Mr Earl, commented;
As the opening quote of the show states, “Creativity is at the heart of everything we do.” I am delighted with the exhibition this year - it represents all the hard work of teachers and students from all year groups over the academic year. We have an incredible amount of talent at Beacon Academy and I hope that all the visitors who attended on Thursday night gained an insight to what we achieve with our brilliant students. We are also very lucky to have a Headteacher that supports the arts as an important part of life and education at Beacon Academy. Well done to all the students and to our dedicated Art and Technology team.
A selection of artworks can be viewed in the image gallery below: