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Various Artists

Cannon Hill Art School Summer Show

  • PriceFree of charge
  • Date Archived
  • LocationFirst Floor Gallery
  • Times11am - 6pm Tuesday to Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays)

This summer mac in partnership with artist and curator Trevor Pitt developed an experimental approach to learning and making art – the Cannon Hill Art School. Influenced by ground-breaking radical art schools such as Black Mountain College, USA and DIY art schools such as Open School East in London, over 70 students from across the West Midlands embraced the opportunity to develop as artists, culminating in their very own Summer Show exhibition within mac’s First Floor Gallery.

This is what some of the students had to say about their experience at Cannon Hill Art School:

Ella said: ‘It’s been a really valuable experience – such a good idea and a really great opportunity I think for many people who otherwise haven’t had the support and drive to develop and produce work due to jobs and other life circumstances. For me at least it’s been really critical in overcoming that barrier of wanting to make my own work but not quite having the confidence and support network to do so and develop it into something I would want to show, so in that sense it’s been so helpful and I am so glad that I decided to get involved. I’m excited to see how the exhibition looks and the final outcome of everybody’s projects.’

Tarla added: ‘For me [CHAS] has given me the confidence to work on my own projects but with a view to having it seen. I don’t see it as an end and I plan on working and experimenting with my work but also collaborating with some of the people I have met.’

Ian Jones: 'Being in the art school environment has given me the freedom to produce my work away from the restraints I am used to working under, and the contribution form my tutor group has helped me to expand on my initial concepts and explore different directions for my projects....The enthusiasm and pioneer mentality shown by Trevor and all of the Art School team has inspired all of us to go beyond our usual ways of doing things, and the value of this is immeasurable.'

Raquel Macartney: 'Cannon Hill Art School and mac birmingham have offered me immense support, more than I had anticipated. Being in critical art discussion groups, mentored by various art tutors, influenced by leading arts practitioners - and having the platform to show work alongside my peers has proved an invaluable experience. One I shall treasure and miss.'

Images - Nick Hynan

'Being in the art school environment has given me the freedom to produce my work away from the restraints I am used to working under, and the contribution form my tutor group has helped me to expand on my initial concepts and explore different directions for my projects....The enthusiasm and pioneer mentality shown by Trevor and all of the Art School team has inspired all of us to go beyond our usual ways of doing things, and the value of this is immeasurable.'

Ian Jones - Cannon Hill Art School student

'Cannon Hill Art School and mac birmingham have offered me immense support, more than I had anticipated. Being in critical art discussion groups, mentored by various art tutors, influenced by leading arts practitioners - and having the platform to show work alongside my peers has proved an invaluable experience. One I shall treasure and miss.'

Raquel Macartney - Cannon Hill Art School student

Cannon Art School exhibition installation


Cannon Hill Art School events now passed