Pupils from Drapers Mill in Margate impress with powerful exhibition

Pupils from Drapers Mill Primary Academy in Margate impressed judges with their art and performances

Drapers Mill Primary Academy in Margate has been awarded £900 from The Neal Foundation Art Competition for an exhibition by pupils.

Children took part in the annual art contest, creating work for their Healthy: Inside and Out exhibition and performing heartwarming and powerful dance and song.

Collages were made for the Cheerful Sparrows Ward, portraits of sports personalities created, children sang and signed to a video of ballet dancers, and pupils made their own garments, using sewing machines, for a sportswear fashion show.

Pupils from Drapers Mill Primary Academy in Margate impressed judges with their art and performances

Judges said the overriding feature of the exhibition was the ability of pupils to confidently go out and engage with local, national and international artistic communities. 

“They either respond to and participate in external initiatives (e.g Cheerful Sparrows project) or they take themselves and their current art skills out to centres of excellence to learn more (e.g Turner Contemporary). 

“They appear to be building themselves a reputation for taking on any art initiative that comes their way. 

“Art at Drapers Mills fosters talent and feeds self-belief.”

Pupils from Drapers Mill Primary Academy in Margate impressed judges with their art and performances

Teacher Gemma Comber says pupils always look forward to taking part in the Neal Foundation Competition.

“A broad theme is set by the Trustees which children respond to in a broad range of media,” she said. 

“We have been immersed in paint, paper, clay, fabric, sewing machines, classical music and dance routines.”

Ms Comber said the competition was created by Elsie Neal, who died in Margate in January 1987. 

In her will she set up a trust fund to provide prizes for a competition for primary schools in the Margate area. 

The foundation is administered by Robert Moulsdale of Boys and Maughan Solicitors.

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