For two weeks at the beginning of July, visitors to East Sheen Library were in for a treat. In an exhibition which further underlines the growing reputation of the school within the local community, Richmond Park Academy students were invited by our local library to mount an exhibition of the artworks which they have prepared for this year’s GCSE evaluations. Chief librarian Alison Painter says she is keen to emphasise the library’s whole community links and this exhibition helps to do that very effectively.
The exhibition was opened by MP Zac Goldsmith, who rearranged his diary commitments to be with us. He spent time talking to some of the proud young artists about their work and welcomed a number of Richmond Park Academy students who had come straight from school to support their artist colleagues. The audience also included many whose children had been RPA students in the past and who were now successfully established in the commercial world. Eleanor Stanier, former Liberal councillor and Mayor of Richmond - the parent of two former RPA students - said:"technically and artistically talented GCSE pupils showing their end of term work is of interest to the wider public as well as school staff and parents because it provides an opportunity for those outside the school to see just how capable these students are".
In his opening speech, Zac Goldsmith told his audience that he knew the students of Richmond Park Academy could build things - a reference to their involvement with his cross-party anti-Heathrow-third-runway-campaign - and this exhibition was further proof of RPA’s wide-ranging student talent. He reiterated how pleased he was to have been asked to open the exhibition "I was enormously impressed by the quality and originality of the students' work and by their obvious enthusiasm" he said. "Congratulations to them and to the teachers who have inspired them".
The exhibition will run in the library until 12 July 2013.