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Highgate hosted its first annual pupil art exhibition at the Candid Arts Trust warehouse in Islington on Tuesday 6 June. The display showcased artwork from GCSE and Pre-U pupils.

Pupils were tasked with creating works of art on subjects that they felt passionate about, or have a personal connection to. Some pupils opted to focus on topical issues of anti-consumerism, environmentalism and gender identity, with others chose to explore their own family history. The pieces on display were created using a range of artistic techniques, with large-scale installations, film and photography exhibited alongside traditional figurative drawings and paintings.

A number of pupils with work on display are set to study art and design or architecture at university after completing their exams, gaining places on competitive courses at Parsons in New York, Falmouth Art College and Guilds Art School.
Clare Marie Goldsworthy, Director of Art, said “Highgate School is immensely proud of the work that the pupils have produced, and this exhibition is a celebration of their creativity. The pupils have been working hard to build their skills over the last two years to enable them to communicate their complex ideas visually. Each of the pieces on display is a result of hours of experimenting, thinking and making. Expression through the arts can contribute to mental wellbeing, and so it is wonderful to see the School promoting creativity.”

The Highgate School art department works to bring out individual creativity in each pupil, providing them with the support and materials in order to work as artists – taking a more professional, contemporary and conceptual approach. At a time when artistic education in schools is in decline, Highgate is introducing a new Interdisciplinary Design Pre-U course in September. The School also frequently arranges research trips to galleries, exhibitions, museums and encourages pupils to curate and exhibit their own work.


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