STUDENTS have been putting themselves in the picture with a new exhibition.
The pupils at Monkwearmouth School took part in a writing and photography project, TEXTPIX, run with the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle.
Now, the students have launched an exhibition of their work in a dedicated gallery space in the Torver Crescent school’s foyer and also in the school minibus, which is doubling as a mobile gallery.
The exhibition merges photographic portraits and creative writing by the young people and the project was run with the help of photographer Donna–Lisa Healy and poet Lisa Matthews from The Poetry Fold.
Fifteen Year 7 students from the Wearside school had the opportunity to create photographic portraits and then develop a written portrayal in creative writing workshops.
Shane Tweddle, who took part in the project, said: “I didn’t know what the Lit and Phil was but I’m going to go back. The big room at the top with loads of old books and a big balcony where we worked was great. It was like something out of Harry Potter.”
School arts development manager Sue Charnley, said: “We always aim to give our students the best opportunities as well as strengthening partnerships with creative organisations.”