It’s child’s play at gallery

Thropton First School pupils (from left) Jamie Harrison, Nolan Law, Ethan Brewis, Harry Arkle, Max Bates and Olivia Tron with some of their work and  Ali and Thomas Chalk at the Congregational Gallery in Rothbury.
Thropton First School pupils (from left) Jamie Harrison, Nolan Law, Ethan Brewis, Harry Arkle, Max Bates and Olivia Tron with some of their work and Ali and Thomas Chalk at the Congregational Gallery in Rothbury.
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A gallery is giving youngsters the chance to show off their artistic talents with an exhibition of their own making.

The Congregational Gallery in Rothbury will be hosting the work of school pupils from across Coquetdale in February.

And every pupil will have involvement in the work that is to go on display.

The exhibition is the idea of gallery assistant Ali Allport.

She said: “For the month of February we have decided to do something completely different and rather than having high-flying, well-known artists, we are planning an exhibition involving our local community.

“In the coffee shop we have a strong local following of families, children often expressing their interest in their own art and desire to display it, so we thought it would be great to involve them.

“We have such a local support that it will be really nice to give something back to the local community in which we live and work.

“I have succeeded in getting all of the local schools on board. Starting with Rothbury’s Middle School who were so enthusiastic they inspired me to go ahead with the idea.”

Rothbury, Thopton, Netherton, Harbottle, Longhorsley and Swarland first schools will all be involved with the exhibition, alongside Dr Thomlinson’s Middle.

Each school will choose its own theme and the teachers will draw out work from students that they feel have particular artistic flair, with work from all ages.

And each school will have its own section within the exhibition.

Each school has also been asked to create one piece of work on which each pupil has had an input.

All the work will be framed by the gallery so that it is professionally displayed.