Mary Addyman, curator at Compton Verney writes….

The goal of the project, “Sensing Naples in Kineton” is to facilitate the integration of art across the curriculum; the loan is accompanied by a pack to support teachers which includes a number of resources to encourage multiple modes of sensory engagement with Volaire’s work and the context of eighteenth-century Italy, including scents, music recordings, and geological specimens for handling. The artwork is being used to facilitate learning about pigments in chemistry lessons, volcanoes and natural disasters in geography, creative writing, music, and of course art; living artist Aaron McPeake, whose work hangs in Compton Verney’s newly redisplayed Sensing Naples galleries, is also conducting 2 days of creative workshops with schoolchildren in December as part of the project. Throughout the period of the loan, the artwork will reach at least 400 students, including groups from Kineton Primary School who will visit Kineton High’s art classroom, where the work hangs until Christmas 2023.

With support from Art Friends Warwickshire, works produced by Kineton pupils, including paintings, drawings, sculptural works, and musical recordings, will be displayed in the gallery spaces at Compton Verney alongside an image of the Volaire work and accompanying interpretation. Funds will be used to pay for the painting of the gallery (materials and labour), the production and design of interpretation and labels, and the framing of the young people’s artworks. The public display is an important part of the project, encouraging the young artists to feel pride and confidence in their creative voice and abilities; supporting students to see their own work, and the by-now familiar Volaire work, in the context of a broader collection of Neapolitan works; and welcoming local families into the gallery.