Museum attendant Clio Flaherty has gone from being a local art student to a member of the team. One of the first exhibitions she helped to arrange also happens to the one that first gave her the opportunity to show her work. Over to you, Clio:

‘Artwork’ is an annual exhibition at Buxton Art Gallery and Museum that showcases the work of local students. This year is the 19th year of the exhibition and the levels of creativity in the final pieces continue to impress.

The display is comprised of GCSE and A-Level pieces from both Buxton Community School and St Thomas More School. The art produced in this collection is of a very high standard, encompassing a variety of different mediums and artistic techniques. The students continue to produce a wide variety of unique pieces every year. In recognition of this exceptional work, the exhibition aims to promote young talent and give the art the exposure it deserves.

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On 29th November, we held a preview launch night for the exhibition. The evening was a great success, offering the opportunity to view and discuss the work in a relaxed and social setting. Pupils and their families from both schools were in attendance as well as the teaching staff who came to offer their support. Some Music students also came along to celebrate the launch by providing wonderful performances throughout the evening.

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Many of the students whose work has been displayed in previous ‘Artwork’ exhibitions have gone on to pursue careers in the arts and the exhibition hopes to encourage this decision and inspire other young people to follow in these footsteps. The enthusiasm of the students is reflected in the final pieces they have produced and it is important that this plays an important role in the local community.

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You can see the exhibition for yourself until 8 February. Plan your visit here.