Installation View, Sensing Vesuvius © Compton Verney, Photo by Jamie Woodley.

AFW supported a pupils’exhibition at Compton Verney – April 2024

Mary Addyman, curator at Compton Verney writes….

We were absolutely delighted to have the support of Art Friends Warwickshire with this project, which saw the artworks of pupils from Kineton High School exhibited in a gallery display at Compton Verney. The students works all responded to a dramatic eighteenth-century oil painting, ‘Vesuvius Erupting at Night’ (c.1770) by Pierre-Jacques Volaire, which had been loaned to the school in autumn 2023, and inspired their learning in subjects across the curriculum, including art, chemistry, geography, creative writing, and music.

 

One of the goals of the project was to give the young artists an opportunity to feel pride and confidence in their creative voice and abilities, so the professional display of their works was incredibly important. A parent told us that their daughter ‘has been inspired to have a go and see herself as an artist with work people want to see…it was such a joy to see the pupils’ work displayed so professionally and validation of their efforts as artists celebrated’.

 

Through the project, we welcomed some local families to Compton Verney for the very first time, and visitors left feeling inspired and uplifted by the young people’s works, which they told us were ‘a testament to the talent we have in future generations’.

 

Installation View, Sensing Vesuvius © Compton Verney, Photo by Jamie Woodley.