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An Evening to Celebrate the Arts


A triple arts celebratory evening was held on Tuesday 16th November in the Curve Gallery at Churchdown School, comprising:

  • A Private View for ‘Curious Drawers’ – the textile exhibition by the Brunel Broderers

Taking a closer look at Louise Watson's work

Exploring Liz Harding's work

Parents, families, friends and students were able to see the fascinating exhibition in the Curve Gallery.  Opening the drawers of various cabinets revealed lots of excitement and surprises.

  • Aimhigher Dance-Art Initiative

The short film of Year 7 and 8 students who were involved in the Aimhigher Dance-Art project was shown and participants who attended were awarded a copy of the DVD.

  • Arts Partnership Calendar

The arts partnership schools, Churchdown Parton Manor, Longlevens and Innsworth Juniors, The Milestone School and Chosen Hill, have contributed examples of their respective students’ work for a 2011 calendar.  These were given out to representatives from each school.

The head presenting a calendar

Recipients look through their calendar for their name!

It was a very enjoyable occasion and a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the arts at Churchdown School.

Brunel Broderers Curious Drawers


Fragments of prayer cloth, antique tea chests overflowing with delicate fabric woven with memory and meaning, Japanese lacquer concealing origami kimonos, soft felt fruits wrapped and stacked, lost text, forgotten text, found text, re-invented text, miniature gardens with butterflies flying free of their pins, performance, story-telling, recalled walks and landscapes imprinted, broken drawers, bottom drawers, petal thin drawers full of stranded and rescued objects, systems of numbers, self assembled drawers, memories recalled, hidden treasures revealed, cloth, wood, thread and paper all intricately and individually worked to produce ‘Curious Drawers’. 

There will be a Special Viewing on Tuesday 16th November from 5.30 – 6.30pm.

The Brunel Broderers are a group of artists based in the south-west of England who work in a variety of textile media and methodologies.  The group has built up a following within the textile world in challenging expectations of a medium traditionally called ‘embroidery’.  Today their work defies a neat title, encompassing as it does a diverse range of approaches, methods and materials to create a series of ideas for thematic schemes and exhibitions.  The group meet on a regular basis, holding workshops and providing a network of support and a forum for discussion.  All group members are involved in promoting professional textiles to a wider audience.

Family Art Workshop


The annual Family Art Workshop at Churchdown School on Saturday 2nd October, organised by Sara Rickard, community arts leader and teacher at the school, was very well attended by 80 families comprising over 220 people.  All ages coming together to take part in a range of activities led by 10 artists, including making recycled scrap sculptures, jewellery, felting, 3D bugs, bleach painting, paper stitching, collage, felt-making, wire dragonflies and a chance to draw faces in a big red double-decker bus.

Families  came away laden with things they’d made and making comments such as ‘my family had a great time, the event was very well organised with lots of skilled helpers and resources – we’d forgotten how much we enjoy artwork!’, ‘it was a great opportunity for mums and dads to enjoy creative time with their children’ and ‘an excellent day which I would recommend to anyone – the kids thoroughly enjoyed it and it kept them away from the computer and PS2!’.  The artists enjoyed the lively and welcoming atmosphere and the fantastic conversations.

Gloucester Guildhall


A-level work at the Guildhall


We currently have an exciting exhibition of work by sixth form A-level students from Churchdown School on show at the Gloucester Guildhall.  In the exhibition there are examples of painting, printmaking, drawing and textiles covering a wide range of subject matter from cities to flora and fauna, representative and abstract approaches.  The show runs from 1st – 23rd October at the Gloucester Guildhall in Eastgate Street.

On Thursday 16th October Sara Rickard took three Year 13 students along to the Guildhall to work with Artspace.  The Sixth Formers were: Laura Clark, Bethan Collingham and Sarah Sahebgharani.

Sara talking about Laxmi's work


Sarah explaining her own work