In 2014 the school established a Social Enterprise company called Scribbles by Hollybrook with the purpose to frame and sell pupils’ artwork, with all profits raised donated to Glasgow Children’s Hospital, where most of the pupils involved have been treated at some stage in their lives.
More recently Glasgow Museums have been introducing the young group to the many different roles that make up the wider creative industries sector and curate an exhibition of their own work at GoMA, the most visited modern and contemporary art gallery in Scotland. A project team consisting of pupils and museums staff have been selecting pupils’ artwork for display, designing the exhibition layout, writing draft interpretation panels to accompany the artwork, planning the logistics and taking part in the set up and promoting the display.
Now their work will be on display in the same building as some of the most influential British and international contemporary artists.
“GoMA has hosted many high profile, popular exhibitions, which have often addressed challenging issues through the medium of art,” Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham. “I think Scribbles by Hollybrook is a worthy addition to the exhibition programme for 2016. Not only has it been curated and displayed by some very talented young people, many of whom have to deal with a range of challenging issues themselves each day, but because it displays the very work they have created.”
The overall ambition is that the Business Studies students may be able to work towards achieving an SQA in Creative Industries.
“The children have learned so much about the different jobs which make up the creative industries and of course they are chuffed to bits to have their artwork hanging in Scotland’s most visited art gallery,” Victor Cannon, Teacher of Business Education and ICT, at Hollybrook Academy. “We hope lots of people will come and see the show and maybe even pick a piece of art of take home at the end of it.”
Scribbles by Hollybrook will feature around 30 works, comprising mainly paintings, drawing & prints and opens on Friday 13 May and runs until Sunday 29 May 2016.