Sunningwell School of Art opened its doors to students, artists, tutors and the general public over the weekend of Saturday 29th to Monday 30th May. More than 250 visitors enjoyed a dazzling display of work created in the last 6 months by students of all disciplines, including sculpture and ceramics. A Private View launched the school’s Artweeks offering on Friday 28th May where visitors enjoyed drinks, snacks, convivial conversation and wine tastings from Tamar Valley Winery, a new start up owned by Sunningwell tutor, Emma Williams.
International Sculpture Day 2022
On Saturday 30th April, Sunningwell School of Art celebrated International Sculpture Day by running low-cost 3D art workshops for young people aged 5 to 11 years. The workshops involved sculpting the human form using foil, creating unique shapes by carving soap and compiling story boxes using found objects and decorative items. The workshops were funded by a grant from the Doris Field Charitable Trust.
During the few weeks leading up to International Sculpture Day, we ran several sculpture workshps in collaboration with the Headway Rehabilation and Activity Centre. The ‘Wracking my Brain’ project is led by tutor and scuptor, Pam Foley who had a brain injury several years ago and invites participants to create a scupture from clay that expresses their feelings, past and present about their brain injury. The project was funded by a grant from the Lord Faringdon Charitable Trust.
Art Sale and Fundraiser
On Saturday 4th December 2021 the school held a sale of pre-loved and new art materials and studio furniture, donated by students, past and present. We raised a total of £1,500 which will be put towards our Bursary Scheme, enabling students to attend courses who would otherwise not be able to do so.
Before the Art Sale on Saturday 4th December 2021, Trustee and Sculptor, Alan Franklin gave an animated talk on the subject of ‘Thinking Drawing’ and how this relates to his practice over the past 30 years.
Art Workshops @Blenheim Palace Autumn Festival 2021
Sunningwell School ran art workshops for all ages at the Autumn Festival at Blenheim Palace on 24th to 26th September and 1st to 3rd October. Devised and facilitated by Sunningwell tutor, Emma Williams, these workshops in the Little Dragons Tipi and Workshops Tipi included making ‘fire-breathing dragons, autumn lantern jars, harvest headbands, scarecrow puppets, corn crowns, flying high kites and dragon costumes. The Schools has been booked to deliver workshops at the festival again in 2022.
A collaboration with Oxford Brookes University and Sunningwell School of Art, this project culminated in a group exhibition of works created by Sunningwell School of Art students in June 2021 and facilitated by Berny Auton as part of his MA Education (Artist Teacher) disseration research project.
International Sculpture Day 2021
Over one hundred people took part in our International Sculpture Day celebrations on Saturday 24 April. To find out more about what activities were on offer click here.
Wracking My Brain Workshops 2021
Sunningwell School of Art held a series of sculpture workshops led by sculptor and tutor, Pam Foley at Headway Rehabilitation and Activity Centre in Oxford. Participants created individual sculptures symbolising the impact of brain injury on their daily lives. Click here for more.
Sunningwell School of Art and its students and tutors, took part in a virtual exhibition during Artweeks 2020. Click here for more details.
International Sculpture Day 2020
Sunningwell School of Art participated in a virtual celebration of sculpture-culture on Saturday 25 April 2020 with an exhibition of our sculpture students’ work and a Countdown to ISDay focusing on iconic sculptors of the ages.