Da Vinci exhibition held at New Charter Academy
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When the Visual Arts Department at New Charter Academy became aware that the Leonardo Da Vinci, Painter at the Court of Milan exhibition, was being held at London’s National Gallery they decided to celebrate the work of the famous artist by holding a Da Vinci exhibition of their own, but with a twist.
The staff wanted to encourage their pupils and the local community to take an active part in an exhibition by running a competition and inviting them to create and submit their own works of art based on a Da Vinci theme.
Commenting on the entries received, New Charter Academy’s Lead of Visual Arts, Kate Howell says: “We were not only amazed by the number of entries we received but by the calibre. There are a lot of talented people in our community and we are so pleased by the response we received.”
Over 75 entries were received and they were judged in two categories; under 16s and over 16s, with the creative winners being awarded with £50 worth of art equipment. All entrants received a set of paintbrushes and highly commended entrants received a certificate.
The winner of the over 16s was Barbara Thomas from Ashton whose piece was a watercolour interpretation of Da Vinci’s Madonna and Child. Barbara brought her son along to the exhibition but didn’t tell him she’d entered until he walked around the ‘gallery’ and spotted her work.
Highly commended in the Over 16s were Roy Combs and Mrs Carol Lee.
The under 16 winner, Tayma Abu-Jabal Year 9 created a canvas with additional layer in the foreground interpretation of the Mona Lisa using acrylic paint.
Highly commended in the U16s were Emily Bayley, Nehal Aamir and Bhakti Joshi.
The exhibition was a great success with guests attending being served with canapés and refreshments produced by the Academy’s GCSE cookery students.
Garforth Glass, a local company, has kindly donated their time to have all the artwork framed.
New Charter Academy is a publicly funded independent school which is accountable to the Government.
New Charter Housing Trust Group, the Academy’s sponsor, has invested £2 million into the school to enhance its opportunities.
The Academy is the largest learning centre in Tameside and in September it moved into a new £40m building on the Broadoak campus in Ashton-under-Lyne.
The new building provides state-of-the-art sports, performing art and science and technology facilities.
New Charter formed in 2000 as the new landlords to own and manage homes transferred from Tameside council in Greater Manchester. With a turnover of £90 million a year and a workforce of 800, New Charter is one of the region’s largest registered providers of social housing, and is regulated by the Tenant Services Authority, a Government watchdog. By incorporating Gedling Homes and Aksa Homes the Group owns around 18,600 homes. It was named in the Sunday Times best 100 companies to work for in 2011.