Young artists inspired by X Factor winners

SPLASH OF COLOUR ... members of the Wish Wednesday group with their artwork.
SPLASH OF COLOUR ... members of the Wish Wednesday group with their artwork.

Pupils from the Wish Wednesday Art Club at South Shields Community School have been working with visual artists Robbie Kerr and David Wilkinson to develop their creative skills and their efforts are now on display at the town’s Customs House.

The works were both inspired by the recent ‘Once Upon a Time’ exhibition at the Mill Dam venue, which featured characters and stories from children’s stories across the ages.

The student’s artwork was also partly inspired by the success of South Shields pop stars on the TV talent show The X-Factor.

South Shields singer Joe McElderry won the contest in 2009 and Little Mix - featuring Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall - triumphed last year.

Lauren Thompson, expressive arts co-ordinator at the school, said: “The pupils worked together to create an X-Factor themed story, which is especially fitting as three X Factor winners have came from the town.

“The work is brilliant, and it is great that each pupil who has taken part has had their hard work recognised by achieving an Arts Award Bronze.”

“We are so pleased with the pupil’s work and their final exhibition.’

The 24 pupils worked with the artists for ten weeks and visited The Customs House and The Cave to take part in workshops and see the gallery exhibition.

Fiona Kelly, The Custom House’s cultural development officer, said, “The exhibition is fantastic and colourful, and the pupils and artists have worked so hard to get the exhibition finished.

“I’d advise any visitors to our venue to call in and see the wonderful artwork.’