Lakeside Arts Centre at The University of Nottingham has enabled more than 1,100 local primary and secondary school pupils to learn about and embrace art, thanks to its ‘Pop Art to Britart — Modern Masters from the David Ross Collection’ exhibition.
Since opening in November, the exhibition has enjoyed great success with just under 10,000 visitors coming to see works from Carphone Warehouse founder David Ross’ personal collection which includes works by Mario Testino, Patrick Caulfield and Damien Hirst.
Haydn Road Primary, Ellis Guilford School, Dunkirk Primary and King Edward VI are just some of the schools that have been using the exhibition as a creative learning platform.
Teachers and the University’s own students have led sessions at Lakeside enabling young people to learn about topics such as: British art from the 1950s to the present day, what it is like to be an art collector and how to gain an awareness of art styles including pop art, op art, expressionism, abstraction and Britart.
A group of year eight students from The Kimberley School in Nottinghamshire have just visited the exhibition. Pupil Isabella Douphwaite, 12 said: “I like the pieces that you have to interpret for yourself — it’s interesting listening to the views of everyone in the class as to what they think each piece means. I am learning about pop art at school and so coming here to see some real examples helps bring that to life for me.”
Mrs W Taylor is the school’s curriculum leader, arts. She added: “It’s amazing that we can come to Lakeside and see someone‘s very own impressive art collection — the pupils have found it a valuable learning experience. I personally really like the Caufield artwork.”
Ruth Lewis Jones, Galleries Learning Officer at Lakeside Arts Centre said: “We always try and incorporate an element of learning into our exhibition programmes to ensure that local schools, colleges, community groups and students are able to come and visit to complement any work that they are doing, or simply to help aid their arts education.”
David Ross, an alumnus of the University also owns notable works by Marc Quinn, Bridget Riley and Peter Blake which also form part of the exhibition which closes on 9 February. It is free to attend.