Young artists from Thomas Gainsborough School in Sudbury see work displayed in town museum

Wayne Lloyd, head of TGS, Steph Parmee, learning officer at GH, and Tim Coulson, chief executive of

Wayne Lloyd, head of TGS, Steph Parmee, learning officer at GH, and Tim Coulson, chief executive of Samuel Ward Academy Trust, with students Alexia Gortsilas, Emily Gillbanks, Emma Carter, Cameron Walter, Frederick Russell. Picture: GAINSBOROUGH'S HOUSE - Credit: Archant

Budding young artists from Thomas Gainsborough School in Sudbury will see their work go on public view thanks to a partnership with a town museum.

Five Year 12 art and textiles students spent time with the learning team at Gainsborough’s House museum, studying the life and work of the artistic great before developing ideas for their final pieces.

Steph Parmee, learning coordinator at Gainsborough’s House, said: “It’s great to be able to showcase these works by young artists in our gallery and so rewarding to see students follow in the footsteps of Thomas Gainsborough, gaining inspiration in the very landscapes that would have inspired him as a young boy growing up in Sudbury.

“We are proud of our partnership work with local schools to help ensure young people can benefit from the House and its collection.”

The works created by Emma Carter, Emily Gillbanks, Alexia Gortsilas, Frederick Russell and Cameron Walter, demonstrate the techniques explored in the school’s Year 12 art and textiles courses.

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The students were encouraged to work in a wide range of media using different surfaces, materials and sources.

Ed Clark, head of art at Thomas Gainsborough School, said: “We put the development of our student’s creative abilities and exposure to the arts and culture at the heart of our ethos – so its wonderful to have forged such close ties Gainsborough’s House.

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“Our belief is that, as a school that carries the name of one of Britain’s greatest artists, we have a responsibility to enable our young people to access the full range of possibilities and pathways that the arts offer.

“This ethos has fed into our work as an Artsmark school, having recently been awarded platinum status in recognition of our work and the leading role we take across our multi academy trust.”

The Thomas Gainsborough School exhibition opened on Saturday, January 13, in the lift gallery of Gainsborough’s House.

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