Risedale School students display art at annual exhibition

Two young artists from Risedale School have been given the opportunity to display their work at Richmond’s biggest open art exhibition.

The Station Gallery gathers work from a range of artists, photographers and craftspeople for their annual exhibition A Spot on the Wall every year.

Whether the artist is a first-time exhibitor or they have been exhibiting for years, their work sits side by side on the walls of the old railway building in Richmond.

This year, Risedale year 9 pupils Oliver Lavery and Charlotte Swift were chosen to have their work exhibited as part of the exhibition.

Oliver’s pencil-on-paper drawing The Life of Koi was inspired by the first time he saw a blue Japanese koi fish.

Oliver said he was particularly interested in nature and was inspired to draw the koi carp because of their beautiful colours and the way that light reflects on their bodies.

He added: “I think that whenever I hear someone say that something in nature is rare or complex, I often take interest in it.

“The blue koi is a rare and beautiful species, and I thought it would be fitting to use Japanese wave patterns around them, capturing their fluid movements in my drawing.

“Art means so much to me, so much so that I’ve decided to opt for it at GCSE.

“I feel that my art skills have developed over time, and I really enjoy researching other artists online and watching videos about how they use materials to create lines, forms, textures, and effects.”

Charlotte’s artwork is called Immortality.

It was inspired by a poem about quantum entanglement that she had written for a close friend.

Charlotte said, “Having my artwork displayed in Richmond Station has been such an exciting and slightly daunting experience.

“Being able to have a chance at gaining recognition in my local area is going to help me massively in the future, fingers crossed, and I am very grateful to the people who have given me this opportunity.”

Head of art at Risedale, Ms Westwood said: “Both Oliver and Charlotte are incredibly talented artists, and I am thrilled that their work will be showcased at this prestigious exhibition.

“Their dedication and passion for art are truly inspiring.”

The exhibition runs until January 16.