2016 is the eleventh year of partnership exhibitions between Inspire Ten and CGP London. We are proud to maintain this longstanding creative commitment to our local community of school children across the borough of Southwark and Lewisham, especially during a period of great marginalisation of arts education across the UK.
Each year CGP London exhibits a range of art work, created to a theme, made by pupils aged 4-11 from local schools in the Inspire 10 group. These include Bellenden, Brent Knoll, Deptford Park, John Stainer, St Georges Southwark, St John the Baptist and St William of York.
Each school has the opportunity to bring the children to view the exhibition and discuss the work on display. The children review and critique pieces, talk about their favourite piece and giving reasons why. For many children the thrill of seeing their work on display is not only exciting and a confidence boost. During the half term the exhibition is open to the public parents, relatives and friends of the children are invited to visit the exhibition, so again the children’s sense of pride regarding their own art work and items from their school can be shared and admired.
It’s an essential part of the CGP ethos that people of all ages have opportunities to show work in our spaces, and are taken as seriously as the well known professional artists who also exhibit here. With the intention of sparking the minds of the youngest generation, animating their imaginations in a context that takes them seriously. Giving our neighbouring school children a professional gallery exhibition we hope to encourage them to feel that the art world is something they can be a part of too.