‘Schools of Art’ with Dulwich Picture Gallery

Allies and Morrison’s second annual exhibition with Dulwich Picture Gallery has opened at our Southwark Street studios. Entitled ‘Schools of Art’, the exhibition features artwork from primary and secondary students from nine Southwark schools who participated in the Gallery’s Drawing Skills programme, which is supported by the practice.

During the spring term, over 300 pupils visited Dulwich Picture Gallery to experience one-off workshops designed to encourage an innovative, inclusive approach to drawing and artistic skills. Artists Jo Lewis and Nikki Gardham challenged and supported these students through an experimental creative process. Students were asked to respond to specific pieces of art within the Gallery’s collection, creating an array of mixed-media pieces of art. In addition to creating their own works, the workshops aimed to spark an interest among the students in the Gallery and foster a personal engagement with the collection.

Many of the works the students created have been assembled into a display at the practice’s studio, affording the opportunity for them to see their work in the setting of an exhibition. The works have been curated by designers at Allies and Morrison, providing them with a chance to experience the process of exhibition making firsthand.

Schools of Art is open to the public from 23 March – 14 April, weekdays, 10am-5pm.