Cardiff Metropolitan University's School of Education (CSE) and School of Art and Design (CSAD) have teamed up with 13 schools from all over South East Wales to organise their very first GCSE/AS/A level creative exhibition.
The show at CSAD's Llandaff Campus featured the Art & Design and Design & Technology work of over 250 pupils from Bedwas High School, Caerleon Comprehensive School, Cantonian High School, Cardiff High School, The Cathedral School, King Henry VIII Comprehensive School, Newport High School, St Cenydd Community School, Stanwell School, West Monmouth School, Whitchurch High School, Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf and Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg.
Headteachers, governors, parents and pupils enjoyed the Private View with many other visitors enjoying the free and public event for the next two days.
The exhibition space was divided into different areas for each school with a special 'Heart space' displaying the work of a small group of 10 pupils from various schools as part of a Sorrell Foundation project – this is a project run by technician Kelly Campbell and PGCE programme leader Rob Griffin and supported by Cardiff School of Education's PGCE Art and Design students.
Prior to the exhibition, staff from CSE and CSAD collaborated to arrange a programme of teachmeets for the University to forge stronger links with schools throughout Wales. These informal meetings enabled Design & Technology and Art & Design staff from both primary and secondary schools to share good practice and to meet Cardiff Met's postgraduate and undergraduate students.
Jason Davies, Senior lecturer in Education at CSE explains: "This exhibition demonstrates the high quality work being produced by pupils and their teachers throughout Wales. This is the first of many more exhibitions to celebrate this. We will continue to drive forward the Creative agenda through our Teachmeet program next academic year."