Cheltenham Prep welcomed artist and children's book illustrator, Korky Paul, creator of the famous character Winnie the Witch, to officially open a national at exhibition at the school.
The SATIPS National Prep Art Exhibition, which is being hosted at Cheltenham Prep for the second year, celebrates art by pupils from Reception through to Year 8. This year's exhibition features over 500 pieces of work from 65 schools across the UK.
On the opening Friday, Korky Paul was the school's VIP for the day. He entertained all of the pupils with his hilarious story telling, singing and skilful character drawing during a whole school assembly, before undertaking some workshops with Kingfishers boys and girls. His enthusiasm and energy captivated the youngest and oldest in our community simultaneously - he was just great fun. Korky was delighted to announce the exhibition 'open!' after cutting a ribbon with a giant set of gardening shears!
The following Saturday saw SATIPS Council members, head teachers and art teachers from all of the participating schools visit for a very special Private View event. They were treated to an inspirational speech about the importance of art in our lives by guest of honour Julie Finch, CEO of The Cheltenham Trust.
A further 700 guests visited on the Sunday during an event especially for the artists and their families. Head of Art and curator of the exhibition, Mrs Alayne Parsley, said "Today I have spoken to families who had travelled from as far as Essex, Dorset, and Northumberland to visit! I was lucky enough to meet the artist behind 'The Politicians' and 'Freddie', the Sellotape man. There was a real buzz in the gallery and an overwhelming feeling of admiration for the talent and variety shown. Thank you to everyone who has helped to put this wonderful exhibition together!"
The exhibition remains open until Friday 5 May.