Rachael Maskell MP at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School
Rachael Maskell MP at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School

Rachael was delighted to visit Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School last month to see the fantastic artwork on display in their latest Art Exhibition.

Over the last half term, children at the school had been creating pieces of art to display, with the school turned into an exhibition space for the wider school and local community to enjoy.

This year, the focus had been on creating pieces inspired by female artists, from Lady Pink in Modern Art and Yayoi Kusama in Japan to Bridget Riley in Windmills and Weather and Elizabeth Catlett and the USA Civil Rights Movement. Each year group has had a different topic and a different female artist to explore. Each class produced a range of pieces, including sculptures and models, related to their studies and inspired by these inspirational women.

Miss Williams, the Art and Design Lead at the school, said:
“It was wonderful to have Ms Maskell in school to witness all the hard work that the children have been putting in. The Exhibition was a great success and the children were incredibly proud of their work”

Some of the children and budding artists also shared their thoughts on the event!

“I really loved looking around at everyone else’s artwork” – Freddie, Yr 3 

“I really like creating the Fiesta of Frida Khalo’s and learning all about her as our female artist” – Rory, Yr 4

“My favourite thing is using lots of paint because it has lots of colours” – Siena Yr 1

During her visit to the school, Rachael met with some of the Year 6 children, who shared and explained some of their work with her.

Speaking about the visit, Rachael Maskell MP said:
“It was a real joy to see Our Lady Queen of Martyrs walls vibrant with colour after the whole school committed so much time into learning about different inspirational female artists. It is clear that the children really enjoyed the project and got so much out of displaying their work. The talent in the school is something to behold as young people took different artistic styles to express themselves. It shows just how important creative subjects are, and how much they need to play a central part of our education system.”

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