Pupils and their teachers on a visit to the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate
Issued on behalf of Ramsgate Arts Primary School
Ramsgate Arts Primary school pupils have been inspired by artwork displayed by their teachers at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate. Karen Vorst and Peter Campbell Saunders had their exhibits on show as part of the gallery’s open exhibition to mark its tenth anniversary.
Head of school Nick Budge said: “Our girls and boys love visiting the gallery that we have an enduring and strong educational partnership with through a number of projects. They enjoyed looking round the brilliant open exhibition and were thrilled to see works by Karen and Peter on show alongside a host of well-known, respected and ambitious artists from the Kent and Medway area.
“We try to integrate our arts curriculum with the community wherever possible and this visit to Turner has yet again inspired our young artists to aspire to have their own work displayed in a public exhibition, which is a really positive goal.”
Karen said: “My exhibits are examples of the portraiture of mugshots, and the intimacy, vulnerability yet pride that these images evoke. I use lightboxes and acrylic prints to display my work.”
Peter Campbell Saunders, who is a part-time teacher at Ramsgate Arts Primary, had his work, The Curator, selected for show. An acrylic oil on canvas, it shares a wall with Margate’s world-renowned artist Tracey Emin at the gallery. Peter also has a studio and gallery space at the Quex craft village in Birchington, where he runs art and photography workshops.
He said: “The painting was created during the first months of the lockdown in March/April 2020. The image depicts a young woman placing books upon a series of shelves containing a number of eclectic antique collectibles. I believe it was my attempt at taking control and adding some kind of order to my life, during a time when I felt vulnerable and out of control. It’s a great honour for a traditional artist like me to be shown at such a prestigious contemporary gallery.”
The exhibition in the first floor galleries includes around 450 works, selected from over 4,200 anonymised submissions received from nearly 1,400 artists, and runs until Sunday, February 20.
Artworks span sculpture, painting, ceramics, film and photography, including work by internationally renowned artists such as Tracey Emin, Rose Wylie and Margo Selby, alongside up-and-coming artists such as Matilda Sutton, Joshua Atkins and Lisa Wright.
For details of the exhibition and other items at the Turner gallery click here.
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