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East London Art Students Meet…

by GCSE & A-Level Art students at London East Alternative Provision (LEAP) & Swanlea School, in partnership with Tower Hamlets Artist Teacher Network

15 July-16 September 2024

Half Moon is delighted to be hosting our ninth annual exhibition of work by young people from local secondary schools and alternative educational settings, in partnership with Tower Hamlets Artist Teacher Network (THAT).

This year we are working collaboratively with London East Alternative Provision (LEAP) and Swanlea School to present a vibrant and diverse range of work in different media by a range of Key Stage students, including GCSE and A-Level Art students.

The work being exhibited in East London Art Students Meet… is striking in its range of styles and maturity. Created in response to the specifications of the curriculum and examination courses, this exhibition provides an engaging visual overview of the practice of contemporary Tower Hamlets students in their early creative careers.

East London Art Students Meet… is part of Half Moon’s on-going commitment to showcase the work of local art students from across our home borough and to inspire more young people to see the creative industries as a fulfilling and exciting career choice.

East London Art Students Meet…. I, Me, Mine: Identity, Protest and Collaboration

At LEAP, Year 10 and Year 11 students have explored ideas of working collaboratively while considering what makes us who we are. The result is a striking collection of work experimenting with photography, illustration, creative writing, sculpture and psychogeography.

The students have looked at their experiences of being a young person in East London and how ‘others’ perceive them to think about the world we live in.

Using a selection of artists’ work as inspiration, the students interrogated their experiences of being a young person in East London to think about the world we live in and how ‘others’ perceive them.

East London Art Students Meet…. West Africa

At Swanlea School, KS3 students have responded to traditional and contemporary West African Art and learnt about the importance of the representation of African artists. This included Ghanaian Kente textiles, making connections between Kente designs and a variety of European and Islamic designs.

Delving into the formal element of Art, especially colour, students explored symbolism in colour in Kente pattern and its importance for the wearer.

Other students were inspired by the portraiture of British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare – whose work is influenced by Dutch wax fabrics, which are often used to sew West African garments, and the pop-art styles of Andy Warhol – to create portraits in response.

THAT Network London LEAP Swanlea School

Interact with the exhibition

Beneath some of the artworks there are chalk boards for visitors – young and older – to make their own responses, or leave their own creative imprints for others to enjoy. There is also a specially created Gallery Trail for children to complete.

School and community groups can visit free of charge by pre-booking and can use the exhibition to support Arts Award Discover and Explore. Contact Androulla on 020 7709 8908 or youth@halfmoon.org.uk for more information.

Opening times

East London Art Students Meet… runs from 15 July-16 September 2024 at Gallery @ Half Moon during the theatre opening hours: Monday – Friday 10am-6pm.

Art at Half Moon

In addition to our foyer exhibition space, you can also explore the changing face of Tower Hamlets in our Snapped 1990 | 2020 photography exhibition in the Half Moon Garden. Same scene, 30 years apart.

Our Stages of Half Moon exhibition is on permanent display in the upper corridor and is overflowing with photographs and original posters highlighting the rich heritage of Half Moon Theatre.

Discover Snapped 1990 | 2020 Explore the Stages of Half Moon archive

Gallery @ Half Moon

Our exciting space for local artists to display their work in the foyer of our children’s theatre

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