Teachers’ artwork inspires Ramsgate primary school students


Students and their teachers on a visit to the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate

Posted on behalf of Ramsgate Arts Primary School

Students at Ramsgate Arts Primary School were inspired by the works of art exhibited by their teachers at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate. Karen Vorst and Peter Campbell Saunders presented their exhibits as part of the gallery’s open exhibition to mark its tenth anniversary.

School principal Nick Budge said: “Our girls and boys love to visit the gallery with which we have a strong and lasting educational partnership through a number of projects. They enjoyed the brilliant open exhibition and were delighted to see the works of Karen and Peter on display alongside a host of well-known, respected and ambitious artists from the Kent region and Medway.

“We try to integrate our arts program with the community where possible and this visit to Turner has once again inspired our young artists to aspire to have their own work on display in a public exhibition, which is a really positive goal. “

Karen said, “My exhibits are examples of passport photo portraits, and the intimacy, vulnerability and pride that these images evoke. I use light boxes and acrylic prints to display my work.

Peter Campbell Saunders

Peter Campbell Saunders, who is a part-time teacher at Ramsgate Arts Primary, saw his work, The Curator, selected for the exhibition. An acrylic oil on canvas, he shares a wall with world renowned Margate artist Tracey Emin at the gallery. Peter also has a studio and gallery at Quex Craft Village in Birchington, where he runs art and photography workshops.

He said: “The painting was created during the first months of the lockdown in March / April 2020. The image depicts a young woman placing books on a series of shelves containing a number of eclectic antique collectibles. . I believe it was my attempt to take control and add some sort of order to my life, at a time when I felt vulnerable and out of control. It is a great honor for a traditional artist like me to be exhibited in such a prestigious contemporary gallery.

The exhibition in the galleries on the first floor includes around 450 works, selected from more than 4,200 anonymous submissions received from nearly 1,400 artists, and runs until Sunday, February 20.

The works span sculpture, painting, ceramics, film and photography, including works by internationally renowned artists such as Tracey Emin, Rose Wylie and Margo Selby, alongside up-and-coming artists such as Matilda Sutton, Joshua Atkins and Lisa Wright.

For details on the exhibition and other items from the Turner Gallery, click here.

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