Shrewsbury High School’s Annual Art Exhibition took place in December at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.  The yearly event sees artwork and products from fine art, design technology, textiles, printmaking, sculpture, photography and film on display in the heart of Shrewsbury.

SHS Junior School artists have their work displayed alongside Senior artwork, GCSE and A level exam pieces, alumnae and professional artists.  This year, we were delighted to welcome Jenny Mason-Gunning from Ironbridge Fine Arts as our special guest artist.  We were also delighted to welcome back Ruby Read and Georgia McKenzie as exhibiting alumnae.  The private view and presentation evening, attended by the Mayor of Shrewsbury, included the ARTiculation competition, with Sixth Form artists presenting to a judging panel for their place in the next round of this national art award.

ARTiculation presentations

Jenny Mason-Gunning judged the competition alongside SHS parent and Marvel Comic Book illustrator Mike Perkins and this year’s winner was year 12 student Alana Matthews, who will move onto the next round of the competition. Her speech is on Christopher Robin Nordstrom, a contemporary sculptor who depicts scenes of modern-day Tokyo, and she will go on to present this at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes.

The annual art show is a wonderful way to showcase the brilliant creativity of SHS students past and present and it is becoming a highlight of the school calendar, regularly welcoming back former pupils to exhibit alongside current students.  Last year’s special guest was SHS alumna Deborah Lloyd who also spent the day at the school speaking to students.  Deborah has had a hugely successful career in the fashion industry building Kate Spade New York into a global lifestyle brand, amongst many other notable achievements in companies including Byblos, Daniel Hechter, Burberry, Banana Republic and most recently working with British brand Tusting.