Art Show NorthumberlandPark WebsiteCllr Eddie Griffiths cuts the ribbon with Art teacher Matthew Frizzel, College Principal Andy Forbes, Achievement Coordinator for Year 9 Soyla Bailey (in pink), Head of Expressive Arts Maria Christopher and some of the Year 9 artists

Northumberland Park Community School’s Year 9 GCSE Art Students visited CONEL yesterday (1 March 2016) to officially launch their exhibition of paintings, entitled ART Works! The paintings were commissioned by CONEL to bring excellent paintings made by local artists into College for their students and staff to enjoy.

CONEL Principal, Andy Forbes introduced the artists and teachers at the Opening and spoke about why he commissioned the paintings: “"We have a very good partnership with our local schools and I'm very keen to provide a platform for local young people to exhibit some of the fabulous artwork they are producing."

Headteacher, Ms Monica Duncan spoke about how proud she was of her Year 9 students in creating such wonderful artworks. She said: “I am very grateful to Andy Forbes for creating this live brief for our students to work to, giving them excellent experience of professional practice.”

Subject Leader in Art and Design at Northumberland Park School now in his thirtieth year, Mr Matthew Frizzel (pictured) said: “This was an exciting project as it presented a challenge to the students. Working on large canvases can be quite scary but the students were undaunted and gained great confidence as artists.”

Former Mayor and former CONEL Governor, Councillor Eddie Griffiths (pictured) symbolically cut a red ribbon to officially open the exhibition.

Councillor Griffiths said: “I am delighted to see a local college and a local school working together to produce such a wonderful art exhibition.”

Two Northumberland Park Community School students talked about their views in relation to the project. May Dong (painted Poppy for Peace), said: “It was a big project and I had to work to a very tight deadline. My biggest challenge was the fear that I would not get it finished in time. Seeing my work displayed has made me feel very proud and happy.”

Halil Ali (painted The Lonely Lily), said: “I really liked the experience of painting in comparison to drawing. It was quite different as you have to be more careful in terms of making mistakes. I’m really glad to see my work in public.”

The artworks, consisting of twenty huge brightly-painted flowers on large canvases (80cm by 80cm) were completed in bright vibrant colours, using acrylic paints. The paintings were inspired by great international artists, such as Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe and Elizabeth Blackadder.

Year 9 GCSE Artists:

Serkan Ahmed ‘Lord of the Dots’

Shaima Ali

‘The Yellow Flower’
Ismail  Alparslan    ‘Watermelon With Yellow Lemon’ 
Halil Aslan  ‘The Lonely Lilly'
Cansu Demir                   ‘The Sunlight’
Jems Dikala-Kasongo ‘The Motivated flower’
May Dong ‘Poppy for Peace’
Abel Dumitru  

‘Flower of Sun’

Lili Folhoffer                    ‘The Magic of Blue’
Cosmina Ifrim ‘The Happiness of Nature’
Princess Jimenez              ‘A Different Blue’
Melike Kussan                 ‘Gleam over a Turquoise Heaven’
Ioan-Vasile Morar ‘The Unfigured painted flower’
Julia Moreira Carvalho ‘My Flower’
Shianne Oliver ‘Orange and Green’ 
Seda Osman                ‘Confused’
Abdul Qahhar ‘A Glazey Purple’
Mikal Semere ‘Full of Stars’
Victoria Szwed               ‘Night Sky and Warm Rain’
Eray Yildiz    ‘Flowermaster’   

The ART Works! exhibition will be on display in the college’s Café Gallery space until Easter.

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