Virtual exhibition for art students at Bolton School Girls Division

The pandemic meant teachers at Bolton School Girls’ Division were unable to host the usual annual celebration of students’ work

A school in the north-west of England has organised a virtual exhibition to display students’ exam artwork after the annual event was cancelled because of COVID-19.

Bolton School Girls’ Division organised a digital display of GCSE and A-level artwork after the traditional May festivities were cancelled because of the pandemic. The art department organised the on-screen display to ensure students’ hard work and creativity still received praise and plaudits.

Lima Assi, an A-level student at Bolton School, painted this portrait for her final year portfolio.

Much of the students’ portfolios were completed before lockdown commenced. All will now be anxiously awaiting the arrival of their course results later this month.

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Jane Fazackerley, the school’s head of art, said: “It was so disappointing for the girls not to be able to showcase their artwork this year due to the extraordinary circumstances, that we decided to put together a glimpse of what would have been seen back in May 2020.

Serena Arya, a year 12 student, created this captivating portrait.

“Under normal circumstances, schools are not allowed to share their examination candidates’ artwork on social media or web platforms until September (Examination Board rules) but this year – for one year only – we are allowed to share our work early. A small silver lining to the large cloud we have been under since March!” Miss Fazackerley continued.

“This was to be my last art exhibition as head of the art department, as I leave this July 2020. So, for me, it is also incredibly sad that I didn’t get to celebrate my final GCSE and A-level groups’ achievements with them in a public forum.”

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