Nearly 500 people packed into the Iona Community Gallery for the week long Kingussie High School ‘High Art’ Exhibition last week. Exhibition curators Mr Davie Douglas (Head of Art at KHS) and Miss Katie Thompson (Art Teacher) were absolutely delighted with the turn out and community support.
“Putting on an exhibition is a lot of hard work,” said Miss Thompson, “but the opportunity to showcase the talent that we have at the school within the local community gallery and the individual pupil reward of having the work on display is well worth it.”
Siobhan Keegan’s Advanced Higher Work titled ‘The Selkee’ seemed to be particularly popular with the visitors. Siobhan graduated from the high School in June 2014 and is now studying illustration at Aberdeen University. Other advanced Higher work on display included Jessica Convery and Jessie McFadyen who have both also gone on to study art related degrees. Lauren Gunning (a current Advanced Higher Student at the school) also had some of her recently developed abstract portrait paintings on display.
But it wasn’t just senior pupils who had their work exhibited and there was a wide variety and amount of work from all year groups within the school. The quirky ‘Highland Coows’ made by the current S2 Students were also very popular with visitors as was their paper Jewelry.
New to the exhibition for this year was also a dedicated area showcasing the work of the schools photography students. Rona Stewart’s photograph taken in Malawi received a lot of very positive comments as did James Finlayson’s ‘Night Sky’ photograph.
“The photography course is a new part of our school curriculum,” said head of Art Mr Davie Douglas, “but we have been really pleased by the quality of the work of all of our photography students and it is great to be able to include them in the exhibition this year.”
Speaking about the event Headteacher Ollie Bray Said, “It was super to see so many people and such community support at the opening night of our ‘High Art’ Exhibition. Our Hospitality students also did a great job of keeping the guests fed and watered as they had a chance to look at the work from over 70 of our most artistically talented Students. We really believe in the importance of providing students with authentic audience at Kingussie High School and this collaboration with the Iona Community Galley has allowed us to do this in truly spectacular way.”