Mystery artwork flies off the walls
12:02pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
ART lovers were out in force last Friday afternoon, as they looked to bag a bargain at Sir Thomas Picton School’s very own art gallery.
The annual ‘Six by Four’ exhibition at Oriel STP gives pupils the opportunity to showcase their work alongside that of professional artists.
The school’s art department spends the whole year planning for the event, making contact with local and international artists, designers and crafts persons.
The idea behind it is for artists to submit a piece measuring six by four inches. They are then sold anonymously for just £5 – that way you do not know whether you are buying the work of a professional artist or a student.
Head of the department, Diana Brook, said: “Over the last two years we have had the support from Pembrokeshire's art legends such as John Knapp Fisher, Chris Neale, Claudia Williams and Gwilym Pritchard.
“The support from all over the world has also been incredible, artists from Australia and the USA have willingly sent us beautiful pieces. The post I open this time of year is delightful.
“We’re absolutely astounded by the response this year. Last year we had a great response and this year it’s been even better. It’s pulled together the school, the department and the staff have been phenomenal.
“The range of work on display is bonkers! From the most complex to the simplest of pieces.”
Art teacher Lee Phillips added: “We couldn’t be happier. We couldn’t have asked for more support from the students, the local artists and the staff at the school.
“We were expecting around 700 pieces, but we stopped counting at 1,200. There’s a real mix of work, the youngest I think is six and the eldest is eighties plus.”
So far more than £1,500 has been raised from sales, and all the money goes back into the art department to buy equipment. In previous years it was able to purchase seven Ipads and an etching press.
The exhibition will remain on display for a month. For more information follow Oriel STP on Facebook and Twitter.