Last night, Highbury Grove School and Samuel Rhodes School celebrated their fifth annual Art Exhibition.

This event started five years ago, with the introduction of the Currell Art Award. This award is for GCSE level students to assist with their ‘aim high’ standards. The top three winners received £100, £50, and £25 worth of art vouchers.

1st prize winner from Highbury Grove, Aamnah Nehim, with her work

Last year, Cowling & Wilcox, local art suppliers based on Holloway Road, stepped in to support the schools and to provide a large art prize for the top winner.

Three years ago, Samuel Rhodes School, a special needs school adjacent to Highbury Grove, also got involved. James Neilson, the manager at our Islington branch, said:

“Currell are now in the fifth year and the standard of artwork just seems to get better and better each year. It is a pleasure to see the pupils cuddling the trophy and the big smiles.

The standard of the work was certainly very high – we were very impressed, and wish all the pupils the best of luck with their future projects.

The winners from Samuel Rhodes School

2nd place winner Poppy Rawlings’ striking piece

3rd place winner Alfie Gunter accepting his prize

If you happen to be walking past our office at 321 Upper Street this August make sure you check out the fantastic art project ‘People’s Museum’ in our window, courtesy of the talented artists of Highbury Grove School.

People's Museum

People’s Museum

The project was initially managed by a Year Eight specialist school of students. Towards the end of term they were collecting objects and photographing their environment to show alternative viewpoints, to document their day to day lives and their immediate surroundings. This visual research will form the basis of two exhibits by the group; US and HERE.

People's Museum brightening up the window at 321 Upper Street

People’s Museum brightening up the window at 321 Upper Street

The composite image in our window, inspired by Peter Blake, represents the variety of information gathered and the techniques used. Thank you to all the pupils who took part in producing this amazing display for us, make sure you pop down and pay us a visit!