The latest exhibition of schools’ artwork was unveiled at Derbyshire’s Dronfield Station on Monday 15 November by Town Mayor, Councillor Richard Welton and Lee Rowley MP for Derbyshire North East. The event was organised by the Friends of Dronfield Station (FoDS) and is the most recent in a series of events to promote the work of budding artists from schools in Dronfield and the surrounding villages. This time it was the turn William Levick Primary, Lenthal Infants and Nursery, and Northfield Juniors.
The pupils from William Levick experimented with different media such as wax crayons, pastels, ink and paint before creating beautiful pictures of mountain landscapes inspired by the work of David Hockney. Dronfield was the focus of the work produced by Lenthall Infants and Nursery who used print, pencil and multi media to produce colourful pictures of features of the town such as the parish church and the Peel monument. The still life pictures painted by the children from Years 5 and 6 from Northfield were reminiscent of the classic work of the French Impressionists.
Councillor Welton said he was pleased to be invited to unveil such imaginative work from the young people from Dronfield schools. He paid tribute to the students who, as well as demonstrating quite exceptional artistic talent, gave the town something which enhanced the quality of life for users of the station and helped to make the station an attractive gateway to the town. Lee Rowley said that the children from the three schools should be given a huge thanks for their hard work in creating such a wonderful display of talent, and congratulated FoDS as the exhibition strengthened the engagement of local schools with community activities. FoDS member Tina Teather, who coordinated the exhibition with the schools, expressed relief that due to the Covid pandemic this was the first time in over 18 months when children were able to visit the station to witness their work being unveiled.
The current exhibition of artworks, which can be seen in the six poster cases situated in the waiting shelters on Platforms 1 and 2, will remain until the spring of 2022 when another three local schools will exhibit their work.
The picture shows children from all three schools as well as Councillor Welton, Lee Rowley MP and Mrs Rebecca Timperley, Headteacher of Northfield Junior School