Artspace – a brilliant venture on Thoroughfare that delights the eye with its rolling programme of exhibitions. And never more so than with Woodbridge School Art department’s first major foray into public spaces. Taking its inspiration from work done by our pupils exclusively outside the confines of curriculum (not that the art department accepts any sense of restriction or inhibition even within the curriculum), the show highlights both consummate skill and imaginative vigour as well as the excitement of process and progress. Whether viewing the beguilingly innocent Year 9 portraits, the dramatically abstract prints or the beautifully produced studio photographs there was plenty to admire. The Thursday evening private view was buzzing with delight in what had been achieved, and bursting at the doors with pupils past and present (recent OWs envious of the opportunities embraced by the current cohort), with proud parents, and many more. And for some of the artists there was even the extraordinary additional endorsement of sales made and customers delighted.
What a great event: imaginative, ambitious and inspiring. Our thanks and congratulations to all the exhibitors and to Mr Hutchinson, Miss Ross, Mrs Parker and Mr Holden on this fantastic initiative.
The exhibition runs until 22 May (closed Sunday) from 10am to 4pm: Artspace 64 Thoroughfare.