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Project with Castle View Secondary School

November 06 - March 07

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art ran an exciting education project with a group of year 9 pupils from Castle View School in Hylton Castle, Sunderland.  Working closely with regional artist Paula Adams, the group used the exhibition 'Theatrum Mundi' at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art as a starting point. The exhibition 'Theatrum Mundi' brought together seven artists who re-imagine the built environment as a stage against which our lives are set, or a world in which buildings are the main actors seeming to taking on lives of their own. During the project pupils visited the exhibition and explored ideas and create their own responses to the built environment.

'I am very please with it.  It showed me that art can be more than just drawing and painting.' Year 9 pupil involved in the project.

The project was an opportunity for pupils to investigate the way a contemporary art gallery runs and to use this knowledge within their school gallery.  A number of sessions were held at the NGCA, which provided an opportunity to see the 'Theatrum Mundi' exhibition and to learn about the various job roles within a gallery. The project culminated in a final exhibition at the schools gallery space.

'Hopefully (the pupils) will go on to put on exhibitions here as part of their business and enterprise work.  They have seen how a gallery is run and now they are taking part in an exhibition themselves.  It's all about making choices.
Bob Gawthorpe, Head of Art

For more information contact Amanda Gould at



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Installation shots of the exhibition at
Castle View school gallery. March 07