A SCHOOLGIRL’S portrait of generations of womanhood has been hailed as a highlight of an art exhibition.
Sophie Cahill has created large images of herself, mum Lynn and gran Rose Armstrong as part of her A-Level coursework at St Bede’s Byron Sixth Form in Peterlee.
Now the images have been unveiled as part of an exhibition of work on show at Durham Cathedral.
Sophie, from Seaham, who already has an apprenticeship lined up at Sunderland Body Art in Holmeside once she finishes her exams, took her inspiration from Lucian Freud and Jenny Saville.
The 17-year-old, who also lives with dad Kevan, and is sister to Sarah, 22, and Scott, 25, said: “My coursework included doing portraiture and then my teacher said this exhibition was coming up and said it was something they could feature in.
“My mam has seen hers. She didn’t like the picture I had used, but she knew it was for my coursework, so she was okay with it.
“I think they were pleased for me and I think they’re happy with how they look.”
The theme and title of the display, which brings together work from 12 schools from the Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership, is Sacred Song and Script.
A total of 200 young artists have spent the last few months creating pieces to feature in the show, which is being hosted by the cathedral’s Galilee Chapel and is the fifth exhibition of its kind put on by the partnership.
Among those students are Year 8 pupils from St Bede’s along with St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy in Sunderland and St Leonard’s in Durham.
Each piece of art explores the theology at the heart of the partnership’s ethos and shows how the students have interpreted religious writings and music.
Working in various media, they have created a rich and exciting variety of work which organisers say form one of its best exhibitions yet.
The art will be on display until Wednesday, February 12, with entry free.