Arts collaboration inspires Middleton Cheney exhibition

Martin Carrolchick from Banbury and Bicester College and Tom Christy from Chenderit School at the exhibition. NNL-160224-110624001
Martin Carrolchick from Banbury and Bicester College and Tom Christy from Chenderit School at the exhibition. NNL-160224-110624001

A secondary school near Banbury and a college renowned for their work in the arts are collaborating to launch a new exhibition.

Creative arts teachers from Banbury and Bicester College, which has its roots in the town’s 19th Century School of Art, will exhibit their work at the Michael Heseltine gallery this spring.

The gallery is part of Chenderit School in Middleton Cheney, which has specialist status in the visual arts.

Martin Carrolchick, art teacher at Banbury and Bicester College, said: “We are excited to be working in partnership with the team at Chenderit School, who share our passion for the arts.

“The college itself has a rich history in the visual arts, both in terms of our teaching staff and the students who have gone on to forge successful careers in the creative industries.

The exhibition, entitled Staff Room, will include photography, textiles, printing, graphics and visual arts.

It will be displayed at the gallery in Archery Road from 25 February until 23 March.

Tom Christy, head of art at Chenderit, said: “It is such a pleasure to host this exhibition that showcases the wealth of talent at Banbury and Bicester College.

“The school and college have a strong relationship, but it is fabulous to see the actual artwork of the staff there. It’s great that our two establishments can work together in this way, particularly as education providers can often be in competition with one another. Working together it is clear how many values we share.”

The gallery is open to visitors from 8.30am until 4pm during weekdays in term time.

Any schools with GCSE or A-level art groups wanting to arrange a special visit should call Maureen Risbridger on 01295 711567.