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PICTURES: Aspiring student artists from Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard brighten up Sudbury with artistic window displays


By Dave Gooderham


Aspiring artists from Thomas Gainsborough School have added creativity to the window displays of Sudbury. Photo credit: Ed Clark. (13402694)
Aspiring artists from Thomas Gainsborough School have added creativity to the window displays of Sudbury. Photo credit: Ed Clark. (13402694)

Aspiring artists from Thomas Gainsborough School have added creativity to the window displays of Sudbury thanks to a unique project, which was unveiled this week.

The birthplace of the famous artist has kept with its creative tradition, after more than 160 students from all year groups created more than 200 pieces of artwork, which have been placed on show in 46 shop fronts, cafés and vacant retail units.

Aspiring artists from Thomas Gainsborough School have added creativity to the window displays of Sudbury. Pictured: Chloe Walker (Year 12 student) Ed Clark (head of art), Judith Blatch (owner of Winch and Blatch), Jessica Arkesden (Year 12 student) and Masey Hinton (Year 12 student). Photo credit: Ed Clark. (13402692)
Aspiring artists from Thomas Gainsborough School have added creativity to the window displays of Sudbury. Pictured: Chloe Walker (Year 12 student) Ed Clark (head of art), Judith Blatch (owner of Winch and Blatch), Jessica Arkesden (Year 12 student) and Masey Hinton (Year 12 student). Photo credit: Ed Clark. (13402692)

‘Sudbury As Our Canvas’ features everything from paintings and drawings to textiles and photographs, with the project designed to bring the creativity of the young people into the community in a visible way.

Students from the school's sixth form have taken leading roles in the development of the project as part of their work for the prestigious gold level Art Award.

Aspiring artists from Thomas Gainsborough School have added creativity to the window displays of Sudbury. Photo credit: Ed Clark. (13402698)
Aspiring artists from Thomas Gainsborough School have added creativity to the window displays of Sudbury. Photo credit: Ed Clark. (13402698)

The project was designed to bring the creativity and talent of the young people into the community in a visible and engaging way.

Key to the exhibition’ success has been the enthusiastic support from local businesses, which have agreed to exhibit the work in their windows.

Students from the school’s sixth form have taken leading roles in the development of the project as part of their work for the prestigious gold level Art Award.

Aspiring artists from Thomas Gainsborough School have added creativity to the window displays of Sudbury. Photo credit: Ed Clark. (13402705)
Aspiring artists from Thomas Gainsborough School have added creativity to the window displays of Sudbury. Photo credit: Ed Clark. (13402705)

Jessica Arkesden, one of the gold award students at Thomas Gainsborough School, said: “This exhibition has allowed us to showcase our school’s vast skills and abilities.

“We are all so proud to be part of this project.”

Aspiring artists from Thomas Gainsborough School have added creativity to the window displays of Sudbury. Photo credit: Ed Clark. (13402711)
Aspiring artists from Thomas Gainsborough School have added creativity to the window displays of Sudbury. Photo credit: Ed Clark. (13402711)

Head of art Ed Clark added: “We are exceptionally proud of our students, both for the quality of the work they have produced and the effort and ability they have shown in organising this exhibition.

“It is testament to the quality of the students at our school.”

Sudbury As Our Canvas runs until July 12.

An official opening ceremony took place in St Peter’s on Monday, in partnership with Sudbury Art Fair.

Aspiring artists from Thomas Gainsborough School have added creativity to the window displays of Sudbury. Photo credit: Ed Clark. (13402696)
Aspiring artists from Thomas Gainsborough School have added creativity to the window displays of Sudbury. Photo credit: Ed Clark. (13402696)


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