Arts evening fills grounds of St Augustine's Priory

Ealing Times: Art impression: students re-create an image of the Guernica mural Art impression: students re-create an image of the Guernica mural

ST Augustine’s Priory School in Ealing opened its doors and grounds to neighbours for its annual summer arts evening.

Guests of honour included Faber New Poet, Tom Warner. The event was attended by dozens of local families and arts lovers who came to enjoy a cultured-filled evening.

Students from Year 9 unveiled their interpretation of Picasso’s famous Guernica mural, which comprises 40 individual panels.

The mural was originally produced by Picasso in 1937 in response to the bombing of Guernica, a Basque country village, and it has long been seen as a reminder of the atrocities and implications of war.

Parents and guests were invited to explore the Guernica mural and to watch students take part in a performed debate on the topic of war. The students also showcased their artistic talents through an exhibition of their GCSE and A-Level art work.

Music performances by St Augustine’s students were accompanied by a showcase of drama from this year’s LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) winners, as well as a poetry reading from Tom Warner.

Pupils also unveiled their poetry book, featuring a collection of their most inspiring work, drawn from workshops run by Warner during the year.

He said: “The calibre of their work is truly inspiring and I really am impressed with how hard they’ve worked.”

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