Year 13 student Ellena Hudson exhibits in the Williamson Gallery

On Tuesday 17th January the Williamson Art Gallery opened its doors to students, parents, teachers and the public for the ‘Young Artists in Cheshire’ Exhibition. Our year 13 student Ellena Hudson was successful in securing a place on the prestegious residential and now has a selection of her work on display at the gallery.

Young Artists in Tuscany’ has been a highly successful sixth-form project since 1984, with coverage in the past on both Italian and English television and exhibitions of the work in London, Florence and Montreal. Many students have used this experience to gain places at prestigious art colleges across the country and this year’s ‘Young Artists in Tuscany’ promises to build on these achievements.

Students drawn from Wirral, Cheshire West, Cheshire East, Warrington, Halton and Manchester undertake an interview process and successful candidates receive the unique opportunity to study and work in Tuscany, probably the most loved region of all Italy. Over a period of 8 days practical work runs alongside organised visits to see some of the great works of the Italian Renaissance. Visits to Sansepolcro, Arezzo, Siena and Florence reveal the world’s finest masterpieces by Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Raphael, Duccio, Benozzo Gozzoli and others, some housed in the art galleries, others in beautiful churches and cathedrals.

Having prepared for the visit in advance, the 42 students drew and recorded personal responses to the Renaissance works of art in their own sketchbooks. This helped to hone their skills of critical appraisal and added to their knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of art. Once home they developed their ideas further through a range of mediums and produced a final piece for the exhibition.

The work exhibited was of exceptional quality and we are all very proud of Elle for her artistic achievements.

The exhibition closes on the 26th February.