Teachers’ artwork inspires Ramsgate Primary students

Students and their teachers visiting the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate

Issued on behalf of Ramsgate Arts Primary School

Ramsgate Arts Primary school pupils were inspired by the artwork exhibited by their teachers at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate. Karen Vorst and Peter Campbell Saunders presented their exhibits as part of the gallery’s open exhibition to mark its tenth anniversary.

School principal Nick Budge said: “Our girls and boys love visiting the gallery with which we have a strong and lasting educational partnership through a number of projects. They enjoyed browsing the brilliant open exhibition and were delighted to see works by Karen and Peter displayed alongside a host of well known, respected and ambitious artists from the Kent and Medway area.

“We try to integrate our arts program with the community as much as possible and this visit to Turner has once again inspired our young artists to aspire to have their own work displayed in a public exhibition, which is a really positive goal.”

Karen said: “My exhibits are examples of mugshot portraits and the intimacy, vulnerability and pride these images evoke. I use light boxes and acrylic prints to display my work.

Peter Campbell Saunders

Peter Campbell Saunders, who teaches part-time at Ramsgate Arts Primary, has had his work, The Curator, selected for exhibition. An acrylic oil on canvas, she shares a wall with world-renowned Margate artist Tracey Emin at the gallery. Peter also owns a studio and gallery at Quex Craft Village in Birchington, where he runs art and photography workshops.

He said: ‘The painting was created during the early months of lockdown in March/April 2020. The image depicts a young woman placing books on a series of shelves containing a number of eclectic antique collectibles . I believe it was my attempt to take control and add some kind of order to my life, at a time when I felt vulnerable and out of control. It is a great honor for a traditional artist like me to be exhibited in such a prestigious contemporary gallery.

The exhibition in the first-floor galleries includes approximately 450 works, selected from more than 4,200 anonymized submissions received from nearly 1,400 artists, and will run until Sunday, February 20.

Artwork spans sculpture, painting, ceramics, film and photography, including works by internationally acclaimed artists such as Tracey Emin, Rose Wylie and Margo Selby, alongside emerging artists such as Matilda Sutton, Joshua Atkins and Lisa Wright.

For more details on the exhibition and other objects at the Turner Gallery, click here.

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