Students from two special schools in the East Riding have worked alongside a visual artist in the Red Gallery at Beverley Art Gallery’s My Wolds exhibition.
Working with Penny Barron, a Wolds artist, the students have produced artwork representing their own experiences based on the Wolds.
In an ever-changing and often challenging world, the Wolds serve as a constant backdrop for many people.
In spite of those challenges, this project has led students on a personal journey of discovery and created a shared passion for art among them.
Penny Barron said:
“Working on ‘My Wolds’ has been a real process of discovery for me, both in terms of what the students have learned, and also for me to witness the process and the challenges they have faced through their eyes. It has been a thoroughly rewarding and humbling experience.”
This exhibition features artworks created by Penny, as well as artworks created by students from St Anne’s Special School and Kings Mill Special School.
All of the students used David Hockney’s famous Wolds artwork as inspiration when developing their canvas, and each student produced a unique piece. As a result, all of this has now been brought together under one roof.
Students from St Anne’s School focused on Enthorpe and the influence of its railway history. While those from Kingsmill studied the ecological and natural history of the Wolds landscape, using artefacts from the East Riding Museums as evidence for their research.
In addition to being open during the normal opening hours of the Treasure House in Beverley, ‘My Wolds’ makes an interesting accompaniment to a visit to the recently opened ‘Brick City’ exhibition in the Beverley Art Gallery, which has also just opened.