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A group of 45 GCSE Art and Photography students recently visited Birmingham City Art Gallery and The New Art Gallery, Walsall to gain inspiration and record vital contextual references for their final exam. Students started their visit in the Photorealism exhibition at Birmingham City Art Gallery looking at the minute detail in the artwork on display and examining the intricate brush strokes and precise colour application. At first glance the paintings look like photographs and raise questions about what makes an authentic image and the way we perceive the world around us. The art gallery is famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings, which are part of the largest public Pre-Raphaelite collection in the world. Students also made a whistle stop tour around the, ‘For the Record’ Exhibition which showcases modern and contemporary artwork by female artists. The exhibition explores themes of preservation, tradition, documentation and recording across a wide range of media including portraiture, landscape, sculpture and installation as well as timely issues concerning womanhood and identity politics. In the New Art Gallery students explored and photographed work exhibited by artists such as Chris Clinton, George Grosz and Chiharu Shiota. Students also recorded observations and made notes around the ‘Back to Front—40 Permanent Collection Gems’ exhibition. The girl’s Year 7 football team recently competed in the ESFA Girl’s Under 12, 9 a Side School’s Cup Competition. The team travelled to Wakefield where they played against a team from Outwood Grange Academy. The game ended with a 2-1 victory for Shirebrook Academy. Goal scorers were Brodie Bailey and Amber Newton. Adele Downs was voted the Manager’s Player with Brodie Bailey and Kelsey Fryer being elected as the Player’s Player. The team now progress to the 4th round of the cup but their opponents are still unknown.

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