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Exhibition at UEL explores the power of art and creativity


Over 50 primary and secondary schools from Newham will be showcasing their artistic talents at ‘Art Matters’, a week-long exhibition exploring the power of art and creativity, taking place at the University of East London (UEL) in July.

The show, which represents the work of over 2,000 students in Newham and surrounding areas and is now in its 21st year, celebrates artistic endeavours across Newham’s schools and colleges. It is a collaboration between UEL and the University of the Arts, and organisers Catherine McGill of Manor Primary School and Ashia Oozeer of Plashet Secondary School.

The event, which has also attracted sponsorship from the Education Space organisation, which offers training and consultancy services, includes work from NewVic College, Leyton Sixth Form, University of the Arts London’s Saturday Drawing Programme and the London College of Fashion innovations project.  The show runs from 3 July to 12 July on weekdays between 10am and 6pm at UEL’s Docklands Campus, in the School of Arts and Digital Industries.

Over the course of the exhibition, more than 2,000 visitors are expected, including teachers, students, parents, gallery educators, councillors and representatives from art organisations and further education establishments. There is a full programme of workshops running throughout the show to give everyone an opportunity to learn creatively.

The exhibition offers an opportunity for pupils across the borough to showcase their work and for teachers to develop ideas, techniques and approaches in art and design.

Dr David Tann, head of UEL’s school of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, said, “We are delighted to host the annual Arts Matters Exhibition for the 21st time, welcoming visitors to witness and enjoy the brilliant work of a future generation of world class artists, architects and designers.

“Newham has a young, dynamic, vibrant and diverse population and this is a great opportunity for our young people to work with us at UEL, together with the University of the Arts, London, in understanding the importance of art education, and ensure the power of art has a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our communities.  Our aim at UEL is to foster and recognise talent and by supporting the community in this way we are emphasising our objectives to enrich the community as a local anchor.

“The work on show is a glimpse of the future of art and design in this country and the contribution that Newham schools are making to ensure the arts continue to be a prominent feature in our education.”