In 2017, St Edward’s School celebrates its 20th anniversary of becoming fully co-educational. This exhibition marks the occasion by bringing together six former pupils who are now forging careers as professional artists and artisans. These women all studied art during their time at the school, and it is a wonderful opportunity to see how their work has progressed and their practice has developed in the intervening years.
The exhibition encompasses a broad range of styles, media and techniques: from Rose
Barry’s egg-shell ceramics and Lâle Guralp’s highly detailed, intricate illustrations; to Rebecca Wilkes’ bold, statement floral jewellery, there’s a wealth of talent on display. Many of the artists draw inspiration from their surroundings: Miranda Stewart paints semi-abstract expressionistic landscapes, Harriet Blomefield’s drawings are inspired by urban architecture and Cecily Vessey’s screen prints depict landmarks around Britain, including Henley and the Oxford skyline. Cecily has created a special limited edition print of the view of the St Edward’s School Quad/Chapel and Cloisters for the exhibition.