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Brilliant artwork by Ambler pupils being exhibited at renowned gallery

07 Jul Brilliant artwork by Ambler pupils being exhibited at renowned gallery

A brilliant artwork created by Ambler pupils is now hanging in a renowned London gallery, after it was shortlisted for a prestigious prize.

Pixel Image‘ is a collaboration between children across the whole school, from Reception to Year 6, and has been selected for the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize For Schools exhibition.

There were originally 24,000 entries from 66 different countries, but these were whittled down until Ambler became one of only 20 schools from around the world to display their work at the show, which runs until Thursday 13th July 2017.

The exhibition opened with a private viewing on Tuesday 4th July, so Ambler pupils, parents and staff visited to enjoy the outstanding range and quality of work featured.

Juliet Benis, Head Teacher, said:

“It’s our ambition that every child at Ambler have the opportunity to pursue their DREAMS, and it’s been amazing to have such support to bring professional artists, and with them heaps of inspiration, into the school. The experience of being shortlisted shows that DREAMS really do come true!”

Ambler Arts is a group of parents passionate about the arts and dedicated to increasing arts opportunity for children at the school. They tasked local duo Art Hoppers with leading abstract art workshops for every class. Pupils used abstract art to explore the meaning behind the school values of ‘DREAMS,’ which stands for Determination, Resilience, Enthusiasm, Ambition, Motivation and Self belief.

Claire Ward-Thornton, founder of the Hackney-based art education organisation, said:

“We had a brilliant time with Ambler children exploring different approaches to mark making using materials such as ink, wax, oil pastel and carbon paper. The final piece was created from 1764 ‘pixels’ measuring 3cm square, all taken from the children’s own abstract artworks, an ode to artist Martin Johnson Heade who painted exotic flowers from Brazil.”  

Pixel Image‘ was just one of a host of unique pieces created for a newly-renovated space in Ambler that is known as the ‘Hall of DREAMS‘. The photos below demonstrate how the striking art work looks in its normal home:

Rachel Millward from Ambler Arts said:

“We live in an area where creative industries thrive, so all it takes is connection – bringing that local, professional resource into the school, and fundraising! We never dreamt our first project would bring us to the Saatchi Gallery! We are incredibly proud, and grateful for the inspiration Art Hoppers brought.”

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