The St. John’s International School Art Gallery, has an important role to play in raising awareness of the visual arts and encouraging cultural diplomacy between the international and local Belgian communities both in its extensive programme of exhibitions and workshops by visiting artists and its many students shows in elementary, middle and high school. The art department at St Johns International School is excited to be part of this year’s ‘Parcours d’ Artistes’ organised by the Commune of Waterloo. www.waterloo.be/en/node/4358 Over 140 artists based in Waterloo will open their studios over the weekend of the 29th and 30th September 2012 from 11.00am – 6.00pm and share their work with visitors who are making the artistic promenade around the locality.
Five of our ‘Artists in Residence’ here at St John’s will show some of their work in an exhibition in the art gallery in Champ du Roussart with a special school opening on Friday 21st from 6-8pm with food, refreshments and hopefully live music. The artists in residence are all members of the St John’s staff and are Michelle and Jean Louis Cornez, Marianne Behaeghel, Stephanie Wintjes, Borislav Varadinov and Alan Mitchell. They invite you to come see their work in a variety of media including painting, drawing, ceramics, stone-carving and photography and celebrate the in-house talent and vision of our staff and school with our neighbours and friends.
The Gallery is a vital resource that plays an integral role in the whole art curriculum by encouraging students to experience and experiment with display in a professional exhibition space, engaging them in a wider critical dialogue and placing value on their creativity and personal expression. It embodies in practice the school’s ethos and core educational values and provides a unique focus for an active and reflective involvement in the arts for individual students as well as social and cultural interaction for the school and wider community.