School’s big exhibition

(l-r) Alisha, Lucy and Grace, of Windmill Hill Primary School hold up their artwork which has been on display at the school's first art exhibition. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Alisha, Lucy and Grace, of Windmill Hill Primary School hold up their artwork which has been on display at the school's first art exhibition. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A Sheffield primary school has hosted a giant art exhibition - featuring artwork by every one of its 363 students.

Windmill Hill Primary School hosted its first ever whole school art exhibition this month, with a piece of original artowrk on display by every single one of its students, aged four to 11.

The exhibition was supported by Asda Chapeltown, which donated £200 to the school’s art club to allow them to mount all the works in a professional manner.

“It ended up being an absolutely enormous exhibition, which took up the whole of the junior hall and the adjacent dining room,” said year six teacher, and art coordinator, Alison Pape.

“We had hundreds of parents, grandparents, aunties, big sisters and brothers all show up to look around and sold over half of the artworks, so we were thrilled with the turnout.

“We had our little art ambassadors - our year six helpers - popping stickers on each of the artworks as they sold, like they do in a proper gallery, so it was a lot of fun.

“The artworks were all priced at £2, or £5 if parents had them framed, and we made over £500 which we will now be able to use to buy a range of art equipment for pupils to use in school.

“The feedback we got from parents was really lovely. It was nice to see so many people turn out, not just to look at and buy their own child’s work, but to enjoy the whole exhibition. We had our reception children’s work on display next to our year six pupils’ work and it was great to see the development and difference in skill level as the age of the children increased - they were all such joyful pictures, we were really proud.

“It’s the first time we’ve done anything quite like this in school, but we’ll definitely be doing another one.