Today sees the launch of At home, an online exhibition of photographs taken by sixth form college students during the Covid-19 lockdown. Over 140 students from 46 colleges submitted their photographs for the exhibition that runs from 4th to 19th June 2020. The exhibition is being co-ordinated by the Sixth Form Colleges Association and all photographs can be viewed on the SFCA gallery website here.
Launching today’s exhibition, Gillian Keegan, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, said:
“This has been a difficult time for the entire country but this exhibition is a wonderful example of how creativity can flourish in the face of adversity. It’s great to see how these sixth form students have captured the experiences of lockdown from a young person’s perspective. A huge congratulations to all exhibitors and I wish them every success for the future”.
Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, said:
“At home highlights the extraordinary artistic talent that exists in our sector. We are holding this exhibition to recognise and celebrate excellence in sixth form colleges, but also to stimulate our thinking about the world this summer. It is imperative that we keep the arts in education secure and flourishing. If young people are to make a valuable contribution to society – even if they are to be successful scientists, engineers, doctors and technicians – they need to develop their creative skills, their artistic sensitivities and their ability to interact with others. All of this will be more important than ever in the post-Covid world”.
The exhibition also went live on BBC News, with Xaverian student, Dorottya Szabo’s work being featured on their website.
Shannon Baldwin: Fine art “Lockdown” Dorottya Szabo: Photography ” APARTment” Cora O’Gorman: Graphics “Corona Crisis”
- At home, the SFCA National Photography Exhibition 2020 can be viewed here: https://www.sixthformcolleges.org/411/at-home
- The Sixth Form Colleges Association is the established voice of dedicated sixth form education and the hub of a national network of sixth form providers: https://www.sixthformcolleges.org/
- BBC News article, with a selection of work from the exhibition including Dorottya Szabo’s “APARTment”: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-52968564