Students exhibit at Contemporary Art Gallery

Budding artists from Corby’s Lodge Park Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, have seen their artwork displayed in a public exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery.


As part of the project, which has been funded by the David Ross Education Trust Inspiration Fund, students created their own unique pieces after visiting the gallery’s new exhibition, From Ear to Ear to Eye, which brings together the works of over 20 artists from the Arab world.


During their recent visit to the gallery, Year 7 students took part in an exclusive workshop, which was led by professional artists, Sam Read and Debbie Cooper, and supported by Sarah Blackie, an art teacher at Lodge Park Academy. 


Throughout the sessions, students focused on a range of themes covered within the exhibition, such as story-telling, personal histories, memories, boundaries, loss and exile. Young artists had the opportunity to experiment with different drawing techniques and explored how artists use written visual language to convey meaning and expression.


Their final pieces have been displayed at Nottingham Contemporary, along with work from three other schools within the David Ross Education Trust including Corby Glen’s Charles Read Academy, Loughborough’s Charnwood College, and Skegness Grammar School.


Abbie Owen, Assistant Principal and Head of Art at Lodge Park Academy, said: “This has been the perfect opportunity for our students to work alongside professional artists and exhibit their work within a public art gallery. 


“The students have thoroughly enjoyed this experience, where they have gained extensive knowledge and understanding of different artistic techniques. They have all been left truly inspired.”


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This visit is just one of many incredible opportunities that Lodge Park Academy offers, with the support of the David Ross Education Trust Inspiration Fund. The fund is used to create thousands of incredible opportunities for the Trust’s 12,000 students to help them develop their passions and discover their talents.


If you would like to find out how you or your organisation can support the Inspiration Fund, please contact Geoff Sweeney, Head of Fundraising at the David Ross Education Trust by emailing


You can also make a donation to the Trust’s Inspiration Fund JustGiving page, where all proceeds are used to create outstanding opportunities for our pupils.