Risedale teacher’s artwork featured in national exhibition

Jaime Westwood and her bonbon dishes.

Ceramic artworks created by Risedale School’s head of art, Jaime Westwood, are now on display as part of a national exhibition curated by contemporary artist, writer and broadcaster Grayson Perry.

Grayson’s Art Club: The Exhibition runs until April 23, 2023 at Midlands Art Centre, featuring selected works by artists, members of the general public, comedians and popular figures from the third series of Grayson Perry’s Art Club.

Jaime produced a collection of 100 ceramic bonbon dishes that were selected for the Art Club television programme which aired in April 2022 on Channel 4.

The teacher was interviewed by Grayson online from her classroom at Risedale School in Catterick Garrison where she explained what inspired her to create the bonbon dishes and some of the stories behind them.

Each bonbon dish is individually hand-made and decorated with text and images depicting a different memory or reflection on life in the moment of making exploring the theme ‘Inside My Head’.

Jaime said: “It was incredibly exciting to be part of a Channel 4 event with familiar TV faces as fellow guests – but when the gallery opened, it was seeing my own work feature so prominently in this high-profile exhibition, that led me to feel overcome with emotion and recognised as an artist.

“All of the exhibited work looked superb. It was such a joy to finally meet the other artists in person after only seeing them on TV and share this surreal experience.

“I have admired Grayson Perry for most of my professional life so it was a real privilege to be able to speak with him in person and get him to pose for the obligatory selfie of course!”

Risedale’s deputy headteacher, Sarah Matthewman said: “We are incredibly proud of Jaime.

“We first saw her brilliant work in the spring on Grayson’s Art Club.”

“It is really important for our pupils to see what doors can be opened by trying something new and knowing that their teachers are creative and inspirational people, not only in the classroom but in the wider world too.”

You can find out more about Jaime’s work by following her on Instagram @jam.westwood or by visiting www.jamwestwood.com