The Arts event of the Year! It was Oatlands Junior School third annual Arts Exhibition on Tuesday evening, Contemporary; What Does It Mean. An evening celebrating the creative talents of all the children at Oatlands , who exhibited their artworks created this term in the Art lessons and with their classroom teachers in Arts Week.
We had some very special guests, which our very informative young guides escorted on a tour round the exhibition. Guests were impressed by the children’s confidence, knowledge and understanding of art works and artists studied across the years.
We were delighted to have the new Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate who kindly cut the ribbon in our ceremony to open our new sculpture garden, Dreams Come True, Past, Present and Future designed by former pupil Scott Roberts. Scott, now 17, took part in a competition to design a garden many years ago, which was forgotten and only rediscovered this year. Oatlands wanted to make that dream come true. Thank you Scott for making the entrance of our school look wonderful. The Mayor also unveiled our plaque sponsored by one of our parents Mr Meyer and our very first sculpture to go into our garden, Pollen a stunning artwork by all the children at Oatlands who each designed and created an individual clay pollen sculpture. This was a fantastic school project sponsored generously by Manning Stainton working collaboratively with former pupil Anna Whitehouse. The ceremony also included some of our children speaking about the Arts at Oatlands and their experiences.
Tegan, Jasmine and Olivia who formed their own Contemporary Dance Club this term, choreographed a powerful moving dance routine, which marked the first anniversary of the Grenfell Towers Disaster and how different communities come together. A wonderful performance involving dancers across the year groups was seen by all. Well done an outstanding performance.
Everyone had a wonderful evening, enjoying all the exciting projects the children have completed this year and their incredible thought provoking artworks. Contemporary Art has so many influences that children have studied, looking at how artworks can have meanings and ideas from the literal. From Deconstructing the British Flag to highlighting environment issues including pollution in the oceans and our declining bee population, we have learnt that through Art we learn about who we are, the world we live in and can have a voice whatever age you are.
Thank you to everyone who supported the evening and Manning Stainton, Harrogate College, Scott Roberts, Anna Whitehouse, Mr Meyer, New Guard Coatings Ltd. Eco Committee, Arts Committee, Dance Club, our young guides, presenters and photographers, the lovely refreshments provided by our PTA, all our hard working staff and everyone involved in making this evening happen.
Thank you for your support, money raised on the evening will provide certificates for Year 6 Arts Award, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and resources for the Art Department.