This year the Annual Woodroffe Art show at the Town Mill Galleries has joined forces with Axe Valley Community College to produce two galleries of vibrant and exciting work to include a diverse breadth of ideas, techniques and media.

At the opening evening, Dot Wood, the Director of Arts at Woodroffe presented two Arts College awards, one for each school. The Woodroffe award was won by Harriet Secrett who has developed consistently and conscientiously through the Arts College structure at Woodroffe. She achieved an A* at GCSE Art whilst she was in year 9, and an A at AS Art when in year 11 and is currently studying for the Applied Art award which is worth 2 A levels. Harriet has recently begun to work with Photography and is storming ahead with both dark room and digital techniques.

The Axe Valley prize was awarded to Jodie Miller for her sculptural body form inspired by the assemblages of Joseph Cornell. Her piece is hanging in a deep window recess in the gallery and is lit from inside its paper form with tiny white lights which attract the eye to its conceptual and insightful details.

The show is rich in contrasts, and some exceptionally fine wood pieces from James Bond and Daniel Clapp demonstrate the depth students have to research, and the ideas needed to achieve high grades in GCSE Resistant Materials. Zach Hurn’s  piece using spray painting lights up a dark corner of the gallery and is complemented on the opposite wall by Annabelle Searle’s large gestural piece showing movement and space inspired by artists Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and Gillian Ayres.

Going upstairs it’s refreshing to see such high quality ceramics pieces from Hazel Barnes and Juliette Hilder.  Juliette has been inspired by local artist Amanda Popham. Amanda has for many years supported the school by giving talks to 6th form students about her work and has run evening classes at Woodroffe, so it is pleasing to see students looking both locally as well as internationally for their inspiration.

One other work of particular note is by year 9 student Eva Blore, who being half Icelandic has used her ancestry and photographs taken on a recent visit to Iceland to form the stimulus for a very large dramatic piece executed in black and white paint.

These are only a few of the many, many excellent pieces of art, design, photography and textiles that are on display and we urge those who have not visited yet to make sure they do before it finishes.

The exhibition continues every weekend until February 14th - 11am to 4 pm.


Woodroffe and Axe Valley Collaboration