07 Aug 2019

Leading independent school in south Wales opened its doors to the public for its annual Summer Exhibition. Staff, parents and family members of pupils past and present gathered to admire the large collection of work. Guests included the Mayor of Porthcawl, Cllr Graham Walter, David Shillaw and Jeff John of Porthcawl RNLI Fundraising Group as well as Porthcawl Rotarians and Vale Life magazine.

A-Level textiles student Chloe Atkinson, whose father is an RNLI volunteer, had made a stunning wedding dress from recycled plastics. Her beautiful dress will be on display at the Porthcawl Fashion & Food Festival at the Grand Pavilion.

A stunning mix of portraits, prints, pop art, seascapes, 3D design pieces, films and dresses filled the school hall and graphics suite and were admired by the large crowd of guests. The Art and Design Department at St. Clare’s School boasts tremendous examination results every summer and students have gone on to study at top universities for Art. Admission was free but any donations were given to the RNLI.

St Clare’s offer textiles, graphic design and fine art at A-Level as well as GCSE.  In each subject, pupils are given a lot of flexibility and are able to choose their own theme which they wish to develop. Pupils then create design briefs and extensive portfolios of work before completing their final pieces and sitting their practical exams.

Teachers, Mrs Williams and Mrs Trenoweth said, “We’re extremely proud of all our students and thank parents, pupils and others for attending the art show.

Headteacher, Helen Hier, was delighted to see such a great turnout at the Summer Art Exhibition. “Once again it was a pleasure to marvel at the talent and sheer imagination of our A-Level and GCSE art, textiles and graphics students. Congratulations to all our students for their fantastic results. Well done and thank you to our inspirational teachers who continue to ignite in young people a passion for Art at St. Clare’s.”

Picture: A-Level Textiles student Chloe (centre) with Jeff John and David Shillaw of Porthcawl RNLI Fundraising Group