Opening on Monday 9th September, Chenderit School at Middleton Cheney in South Northamptonshire is to celebrate its 40th anniversary by mounting a special exhibition of the art of its former students. The exhibition, Forty Years On: A Celebration of Chenderit Art and Design Alumni 1979-2019, commemorates not only the school’s 40th anniversary, but features the work of former students who have gone on to build careers as artists, architects and illustrators, in advertising, marketing communications and commercial design, and as fashion, jewellery and furniture designers.
The exhibition will take place in the school’s purpose-built Heseltine Gallery and is expected to include works by jewellery designer Lucy Sylvester and painter Nathan MacDougall amongst around 75 past students. It has been organised by the Friends of the Heseltine Gallery.
John Childs, former Head of Art & Design at Chenderit, has curated the show. He said: “Forty years of memorable students who went on with their art studies seemed an opportunity for one last show. I have had a good go at contacting a wide range of former pupils, creating an exciting show.”
Childs, who started at Chenderit with the purpose of creating an outstanding department, based on the belief that an arts education was an essential element of every child’s education and that every child could achieve a GCSE pass. His own training was as a painter, a ceramicist and textile printmaker. Following 37 years at the school, his career has seen him become GCSE assistant chief examiner and president of The National Society for Education in Art and Design.
The exhibition will be open from Monday 9 September until Friday 18 October during school hours as well as dedicated weekend openings, which will include some special events organised by the Friends of the Heseltine Gallery.
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