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Arts Work Experience Day

By Fiona Wilkins - November 13th, 2023 | Posted in Article

Our Year 11 pupils took part in an Arts Work Experience day on Tuesday 7th November. They visited local arts venues and talked to staff about careers in the arts industries.  Pupils had a choice of three groups to join and each group visited different local arts venues.

The first group spent the morning at the Stanley Picker Gallery where they enjoyed looking at the current exhibition. The gallery is connected to Kingston University and they were able to tour the arts department and find out about the range of mediums that artists work in from metalwork to printing and much more!  In the afternoon they visited the Rose Theatre in Kingston where they were given a guided tour and told about the variety of jobs behind the scenes in a theatre.

The second group focused on music.  In the morning they went to the Yehudi Menuhin Concert Hall, an organisation we hope to engage with more in the future. They then visited Radio Jackie and were invited to speak live on air!  At the end of the day they visited Pryzm nightclub in Kingston and were given a tour by Banquet Records, they even took to the stage to sing their own choice of song!

Finally, the third group visited the Curzon Cinema in Kingston in the morning and then learnt about photography from Malcolm Griffiths, a professional photographer.  Malcolm has a son at the school and is a much in demand photographer, he generously gave his time and pupils particularly enjoyed seeing his motorsports photographs.

It was great to have some positive feedback  on our pupils too,  “Really glad that we could welcome your delightful, enthusiastic pupils to the Hall this week.  Their curiosity about the venue was truly infectious – they proved to be outstanding ambassadors for St Philips!”  Keelan Carew from the Yehudi Menhuin Hall.

We look forward to running this day again next year for our Year 11’s and hope it inspires some of our students to look to the arts for possible careers in the future.

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