Gainsborough painting loaned to Great Cornard school to mark prestigious art award

The Gainsborough painting which was loaned to Thomas Gainsborough School for a day. Picture: GOODERH

The Gainsborough painting which was loaned to Thomas Gainsborough School for a day. Picture: GOODERHAM PR - Credit: Archant

A Great Cornard school celebrated being awarded with a prestigious arts excellence mark by hosting a multi-million pound painting from the famous artist for which it takes its name.

Thomas Gainsborough School held a series of events – including its popular annual art exhibition and a celebration of achieving the platinum level Artsmark by the Arts Council of England.

Students were also inspired by Gainsborough’s Wooded landscape with old peasant and donkeys outside a barn, which dates back to around 1755 and is believed to be valued at more than £2million.

The painting was loaned to the school for the day by Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury.

Ed Clark, head of art, said: “It was wonderful to end the school year with such a celebration of the arts.

“The Artsmark is such a wonderful recognition of all the work students and staff have done and to have an actual Gainsborough painting in the school was a phenomenal experience for everyone.”

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