Art work by students at King Alfred’s Academy is being exhibited in Wantage town centre, in the latest in a series of projects to showcase the area’s young creative talent.

Four works by 16-18 year olds in Years 12 and 13 at the school are being displayed on the walkway walls of the town’s Victoria Cross Gallery, alongside posters profiling The Vale & Downland Museum.

It’s part of an initiative by Wantage’s town team to make use of empty town centre spaces to display art and design work by young people. Victoria Cross Gallery already hosts ten paintings of Wantage and Grove landmarks by children aged two to four from a project run by creative designer, Natalie Bright of Art Haus Club, and her Smarti Minis art classes for young children in the area.

Wantage Town Team co-ordinator, Mim Norvell, says: “The standard of artwork produced by King Alfred’s Academy students is fantastic, so it’s great to have the opportunity to share some examples with local people who wouldn’t normally get the chance to see it.”

Mim is working with KA’s Creative Arts and Design Technician Lauren Baldwin who says: “It’s wonderful for us to be able to share students’ work with the community, as we have really hardworking and talented students in our department.”

The landlords of Victoria Cross Gallery kindly agreed to let the project use the display boxes by arrangement with their agents, Benedicts. Wantage town team is a partnership involving Wantage Town Council, the Vale of White District Council and Wantage & District Chamber of Commerce. Mayor of Wantage, Fiona Roper, says: “This is another innovative idea from the town team, which will brighten up the VC Gallery, and celebrate the talent we have in town.”


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