NOT every artist can boast their artwork has been exhibited at London's National Gallery alongside the great masters.
But Winchester artists Sue Fox and Sue Kenneally, known as Sue and Sue, achieved this accolade with the help of a Hampshire primary school.
The designers were commissioned by Stuart Adlam, new head of Westgate Lower School, to create a legacy piece at his former school in Fleet as part of the “Take One Picture” showing at the gallery until September 21, 2014.
The stunning artwork, called “Changing Landscapes,” was chosen from hundreds of entries across the country and the only one to feature in publicity material. The four-metre long textile charts the journey across the Hampshire countryside to London.
Each year, the National Gallery chooses a painting from its world-famous collection and invites teachers and pupils to draw inspiration from it. This year, the chosen painting was Georges Seurat's Bathers at Asnieres (1884).
Sue and Sue introduced the pupils to a range of design skills, including hand-printing, typography, stitch, embroidery and appliqué.
The project became intergenerational as parents and grandparents were invited to help with stitching together and embellishing the piece.
“Creativity is at the heart of a rich and rounded education,” said Mr Adlam, who moved from Elvetham Health Primary School in Fleet to become head of Westgate Lower School due to open in September.
“Through creative projects such as “Take One Picture” we are able to provide real opportunities for children to generate and develop ideas of their own and by working in partnership with artists and designers turn these ideas into something of true value.”
Both artists said they were passionate about delivering inspiring design projects that offer teachers and youngsters the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques.
Sue Kenneally added: “Having the piece selected and exhibited in a gallery of national importance is the icing on the cake!”
The designers also run workshops in partnership with arts organisations, galleries and museums as well as working with disadvantaged groups, including bereaved children, ex-offenders and young carers.
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