News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

The 2017 Visual Arts Summer Show

6th July, 2017 by Jude Owens

Milan, Paris, New York and…yes, Cheddar.

To rival any fashion week there was a buzz in the air for this year’s Visual Arts Summer Show on the evening of Monday 19 June 2017.

Guests mingled in the Gym to admire and celebrate students’ GCSE, AS and A Level work created for both portfolio and exam units. The standard was, once again, high and featured Fine Art, Art, Craft and Design, Textiles and Photography work; as well as a selection of GCSE Art and Textiles. Students had worked thematically on topics personal to them and it was moving to see that many of the works in the exhibition were poignant with message and meaning.

Photography students explored a range of studio, darkroom and digital manipulation and trending this year were vibrant portraits exploring face paints, coloured lighting and mixed media.

Later in the evening the guests gathered in the Main Hall as the lights dimmed and the disco music had the audience dancing in their seats for the fashion show, showcasing GCSE, AS and A Level garments. Compère for the evening was Year 10 student Aiden Malik who added panache to the proceedings and had the audience smiling as they were wowed by the show. Lighting and sound was provided by former Kings’ student Brad Loveridge who now runs his own business.

Year 9 designers kicked off the show and amazed the audience with their creative styles and first-hand at pattern cutting. Later, the Years 9, 10 and 11 models had time to change into the Year 11 garments whilst Year 13 student Phoebe Lynch sang beautifully for the audience. Inspiration for the Year 11 designers was from the 60’s (a fabulously fun era in itself), a moment in time and their favourite films with the models looking suitably professional with gold leaf make-up and unified hairstyles.

The student band Polecat Riot provided the second musical interlude as the models changed for the finale of Years 12 and 13’s garments, strutting down the catwalk in stunning designs influenced by Mexico, India, gender, Burlesque and Punk.

It was a fabulous evening and everyone was thrilled by the artwork and costumes. The Academy is very proud of their designers of the future and will be watching out in future international fashion weeks. Thank you to the Art Department for all their preparation work and encouragement to students throughout their courses in inspiring them to believe and achieve.