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KH opens art exhibition

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The King’s Hospital School has launched an art exhibition as part of its 350 anniversary events.

The expo was officially opened by the acclaimed haute couture fashion designer and past pupil Ib Jorgensen. “There are some really great works here,” he said, “and it’s great to see such an emphasis on art at the school.”

He spoke about his time as a fashion designer and later as an owner of an art gallery. He said he hoped many students would follow the artistic path but warned that becoming an artist can be a struggle. “It can take some time to find your own niche,” he said, “…but it is worth it when you get there.”

The wide-ranging expo, which will run at the school’s newly refurbished Mahony Room Gallery (complete with spot lighting and dado rails) until May 31st. The display features works from well-known contemporary artists including past pupils Fergus A Ryan and Adrienne Symes as well as from KH students and members of the wider KH community.

Art competition

Presenting the committee involved in the exhibition and a student art competition – which ran alongside preparations for the expo – art teacher and artist Detta Brennan spoke about the work and commitment involved in the show over the last two years.

She pointed out works involving alternative design ideas for a school sock and tie, portraits and ceramic creations of trees along a tree trail designed by school archivist Andrew Whiteside and art works developed through lepidopterology (the study of moths).

The winners of the art competition – in senior, intermediate and junior categories (see below) – were announced, with Ib Jorgensen presenting the awards.

Photo or fabric

Headmaster Mark Ronan concluded the event saying one of the great things about art is that “through different mediums – be it through a photograph or fabric, whether it is the pencil or the paint – it is yet another way for us to engage with each other.

“It is a language. It does allow us to convey some part of our inner soul. It gives us a way to look at the world and encourages us to view it in a different way.”

He urged students never to give up. “While it may be hard, as long as you are committed and passionate and know what you want, you can achieve it.”

Competition winners

1st Of all Traits – Daniel Ohoka; 2nd WW1 KH Soldier – Calista Kuan; 3rd Blackhall Place – Aoife Byrne
1st St Patrick’s Cathedral – Robin Andrés; 2nd Annie the Musical – Alannah Griffin; 3rd Untitled – Lucy Fitzpatrick
1st 350 Reflection – Seán Lynch; 2nd A Wander on the Grounds – Rachel Lang; 3rd What Makes Our School – Sophia Fox