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Two R.E.A.L. learners with a talent for photography have been collaborating with local visual artist Bernie Rutter.

Bernie is planning to hold an exhibition at the The National Justice Museum, Nottingham (date to be confirmed soon), titled ‘Justice Whose Justice’, and just before the summer holidays she contacted R.E.A.L. to ask if any learners were interested in contributing to the exhibition.

Bernie asked learners to send in four images each on the following themes:

Image 1: Something unfair/unjust
Image 2: The opposite of something unfair/unjust
Image 3: Texture or street signs
Image 4: Something colourful

The learners chose to send Bernie images of the following:

Image 1: Pollution by the canal and fly tipping
Image 2: One learner captured unspoilt greenery/flowers and insects, the other used the recycling bags at R.E.A.L. Alternative Provision School, Woodhouse Road.
Image 3: One learner showed ripples on the canal near the Gallows, the other photographed stonework outside Woodhouse Road.
Image 4: One learner photographed a colourful page from her sketchbook, the other chose a bright flower.

Bernie then digitally manipulated and overlayed the images. She sent the learners several variations and they chose their favourites. Bernie’s next step is to now print the chosen images onto metal!

Patricia Smythe, Art & Design teacher at R.E.A.L. Education said: “Working with Bernie has been a really interesting process. The learners have gained so much from this – one of the learners will be able to include the collaboration in their coursework, which is a real bonus.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the final prints and taking the learners to see their work on display.”

The date for the ‘Justice Whose Justice’ exhibition at the National Justice Museum, High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN is yet to be confirmed. Look out for more details soon!


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