Pupils from Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport had their artwork displayed in an exhibition in Cambridge.

The Platform 23 exhibition, held at Michaelmas Café, brought together art by more than 80 pupils at Anglian Learning schools, ranging from Year 7 to Sixth Form.

Lesley Morgan, arts development manager at Anglian Learning, said: "This is the third time we have exhibited at Michaelhouse, and it is always pleasing to have the heads of art from Anglian Learning schools come together to curate an exhibition which showcases both the talent of our pupils and the excellent work taking place in our art departments.

Saffron Walden Reporter: Former Joyce Frankland Academy pupil Uma with her workFormer Joyce Frankland Academy pupil Uma with her work (Image: Anglian Learning)

"The exhibition, and the work that goes into bringing it together, provides an important opportunity for staff to share skills and knowledge, and for our younger pupils to be inspired by the work of older pupils."

The artwork was on display for two weeks and covered a variety of techniques and media, including painting, photography and textiles, in both traditional and more abstract styles.

Other schools taking part included Bassingbourn, Bottisham, Linton and Sawston Village Colleges, The Netherhall School and The Oakes College Cambridge.

A private viewing was held for the pupils, their parents and carers on November 13 to mark the official opening of the exhibition.

Saffron Walden Reporter: Laura Sharpe, head of art at Joyce Frankland Academy Newport, and Anglian Learning CEO Jonathan CulpinLaura Sharpe, head of art at Joyce Frankland Academy Newport, and Anglian Learning CEO Jonathan Culpin (Image: Anglian Learning)

Jonathan Culpin, CEO of Anglian Learning, said: "The arts are very important to Anglian Learning.

"We hold a special relationship with Arts Council England and benefit from having an arts development manager support the arts in our schools.


"This exhibition allows us to demonstrate the value we place on art and on collaborative working, and highlights the enriching experiences we offer our pupils.

"I am extremely impressed with the high standard of our pupils’ work this year and thank their teachers for continuing to provide an inspiring environment that nurtures pupils’ creativity and allows them to be bold and expressive in their artwork."

Multi-academy trust Anglian Learning is currently the Creativity Collaborative hub for the South East of England - a project funded by Arts Council England and the Freelands Foundation, which is currently exploring innovative practices in teaching for creativity.