Maple pupils show off their artistic talents

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Over An exhibition of artwork by pupils with barriers to learning is being held at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery the festive period and into the New Year.

The museum, is staging an exhibition of works of art created by pupils attending the Maple Medical pupil referral unit.

Kath Formby, headteacher, said: “The pupils and staff have worked very hard towards this exhibition. I am very proud of the quality of work on display and feel this reflects the high expectations and standards within Maple.”

The Maple Medical pupil referral unit works across four sites in Doncaster: the Hospital School; Link (for children who are too ill for school but don’t require hospitalisation); JASP (for children and young people who are accessing CAHMS, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, support); and the Young Parents Centre (for pregnant girls and young mums of school age).

All of the pupils have barriers to learning which make it difficult for them to attend their respective mainstream schools. The art work in the exhibition is representative of students from year 1 through to year 11 (5-16 years of age).

While preparing works for the exhibition the students worked on a number of themes including landscapes, treasure boxes, photographic representation of Archimboldo’s portraiture work, and clay modelling. The finished exhibition includes artwork in a wide range of different media. Work is on display until January 14.