School art pops up in Hillsborough shops

Artwork by pupils from Forge Valley Community Schoo
Artwork by pupils from Forge Valley Community Schoo
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Artwork created by teenage school pupils is being displayed in shops in Hillsborough as part of a pop-up exhibition.

Pupils and former students at Forge Valley Community School in Stannington have seen their work go into the windows of 16 businesses in the area.

Artwork by pupils from Forge Valley Community School has gone on display in shop windows in Hillsborough. Our picture shows, from left, Archie Sanderson, aged 17, Scarlett Robinson, Emma Allsop, Eleanor Cundey, all aged 16,and Caitie Hyatt, aged 17, with a piece of artwork by Caitie.

Artwork by pupils from Forge Valley Community School has gone on display in shop windows in Hillsborough. Our picture shows, from left, Archie Sanderson, aged 17, Scarlett Robinson, Emma Allsop, Eleanor Cundey, all aged 16,and Caitie Hyatt, aged 17, with a piece of artwork by Caitie.

Elaine Marsden, art technician at the school, came up with the idea after seeing similar exhibitions in New York and cities around the country.

She wanted the artwork to be seen by members of the public as well as by the pupils’ classmates, parents and teachers.

She said: “I really wanted to have the students work seen. They produce this wonderful work that only a few of their classmates, their teacher and their parents ever get to see.

“It’s such a waste when there is such talent and creativity in these young people.

Artwork by pupils from Forge Valley Community School has gone on display in shop windows in Hillsborough. Our picture shows Emma Allsop, aged 16, with her work.

Artwork by pupils from Forge Valley Community School has gone on display in shop windows in Hillsborough. Our picture shows Emma Allsop, aged 16, with her work.

“I approached a few local businesses with the idea, and the response was so warm and enthusiastic I decided to run with it.”

Mrs Marsden said the feedback from the businesses - including Dive World, The Java Lounge, S6 Hairdressers and Martin Johnson Opticians - had been extremely positive.

“When I started I did not realise how difficult it would be as a lot of businesses have restrictions on what they can display and some have a blanket ban on any window display,” she said.

“Some had to get permissions from a head office. The local manager at Swintons worked hard to get the picture in. He thought it would break down barriers and the students would feel the local businesses were there to support them and perhaps some of the students may want to work there in the future.

“Since it has been running I have had a lot of feedback. People are catching themselves stopping and looking at the work. Students are posting on social networks and looking at their area in a different way.”

The pupils who have taken part are Eleanor Cundey, Emma Allsop, Geneva Scora and Megan Delaney - who are studying for A Levels at Forge Valley - and Archie Sanderson, Scarlett Robinson, Georgina Hogg, Jordan Shaw, Gaynay Htoo, Caitie Hyatt, Alexander Bennett, Brooke Benson, Leona Bareham and Kendra Mae-Smith, who left in July and are now studying elsewhere.