Birmingham schools to stage St Patrick's Day art exhibition

Birmingham schools to stage St Patrick's Day art exhibition

BIRMINGHAM St Patrick’s Festival and Parade have announced the Birmingham Catholic Senior Schools Art Exhibition as part of this year’s celebrations.

The exhibition will be open to the public on Friday 7 March and Monday 10 March, in South and City College Birmingham’s Fusion Centre.

Irish in Birmingham’s Cultural Development Coordinator Pat Murphy Wright has been working closely with Head of Art at Bishop Walsh Lee Taylor to curate the special Catholic Senior school art exhibition, featuring work from six local schools.

Mr Wright explained: “We have a wealth of talent in our local schools which I think in some cases apart from parents, grandparents and friends of the students, the wider community is missing out on seeing and appreciating.

“So, I’m delighted to be able to work with Lee to ensure that the students’ artistic talents and the support and inspiration that the teachers provide is visible to everyone.”

The city’s St Patrick’s celebrations provide further programmes of art, music and literacy events, which brings together the Irish community and raises awareness around Irish heritage in Birmingham.

Full listings of the cultural events taking place during the Festival have been announced.

Lee Taylor, the Head of Art at Bishop Walsh explained what the exhibition has meant to the students who have taken part in the project: “In our Catholic schools students are producing work in a wide range of materials from acrylic paint and oil paint to sculpture and photography.

“Art and textiles work is a way of making people question the world they live in and a way of commenting on issues that mean something to the artist/ designer.

“The art and textiles students are more aware of social issues, and of traditional artists and contemporary art and textiles forms and how this can influence their own work.”

Council officials, pupils, and musician Paul Murphy, from Birmingham folk group The Destroyers are expected to attend the event, which begins at 11am on Friday 7 March.