Students’ art takes centre stage at stately home venue

Head of art at Pocklington School, Dan Cimmermann, with students' art and design work in the Long Gallery at Burton Agnes Hall.
Head of art at Pocklington School, Dan Cimmermann, with students' art and design work in the Long Gallery at Burton Agnes Hall.

A special display of art and design technology work, created by students from Pocklington School, will take centre stage at Burton Agnes Hall.

The work will be on display in the recently restored Long Gallery at the stately home until Thursday 13 October and features a wide range of different mediums and styles of artwork from 5th and 6th form art and photography students.

Alongside this is a display of work from design and technology students who have been producing items including chairs as part of their work for Design and Technology qualifications.

Steve Ellis, head of design at Pocklington School, said: “We have some very talented students who are passionate about these subjects and who have been creating some quite remarkable pieces.

“This is a great opportunity for them to be able to showcase the work they produce in class and it is particularly special to do so in such wonderful surroundings. We are immensely grateful to the Cunliffe-Lister family at Burton Agnes Hall for inviting us to bring our work here and we hope visitors to the Hall will enjoy seeing it over the coming weeks”

Simon Cunliffe-Lister of Burton Agnes Hall added: “At Burton Agnes our family has long supported artists by commissioning contemporary art for the Hall’s collection, providing studio space in our grounds, and a selling gallery in the courtyard.

“With this exhibition in our Long Gallery, we are delighted to showcase the work of a new generation of artists from Pocklington School. We hope that visitors will be inspired by the children’s creativity, and the young artists by seeing their work displayed alongside established names such as Manet, Renoir and Hockney.”

Pocklington School is currently running a campaign for a new Art and Design Technology Centre, as part of the next phase of the School’s strategic development plan.

The £2.5 million structure will replace the existing building which houses the two departments and is designed to inspire the pursuit of traditional arts and crafts plus provide cutting-edge facilities for digital imaging, editing, animation and computer-aided design and manufacturing technology.

As part of the campaign, the school involved a team of Upper Sixth Form Art and Photography students, who designed a set of striking graphics to use on promotional material to bring to life the theme of ‘inspiring creative minds’.