International artist Stuart Semple visits Wey Valley

International artist Stuart Semple visits Wey Valley

Students at Wey Valley School were captivated by a visit from the internationally acclaimed artist Stuart Semple. Stuart is an Ambassador for the Dorset Community Foundation, the charity behind the Raising Aspirations mentoring scheme being piloted at the school. The aim of the scheme is to raise career aspirations and confidence in young people. Stuart spent the afternoon with students showing examples of his art work, answering questions and working with students in the art rooms.

Stuart, who has enjoyed a successful artistic career spanning 13 years with over 15 international solo exhibitions, 40 group shows and major public art projects elaborated: ‘I had an amazing and inspiring visit to the Wey Valley School. It was special to meet the students and see their work. There is certainly a lot of creative and artistic talent there and I hope they got as much out of the day as I did. It is vital to encourage creative kids to pursue their artistic dreams, too often they are discouraged from reaching their potential. There are varied and exciting futures within the creative industries, across so many fields and I am sure we will some Wey Valley students excelling in the future’.

Alison Moore, joint Head of Art at Wey Valley said, ‘Stuart’s visit today has been truly inspirational for our students. To hear Stuart’s journey and success through art will certainly motivate our students – we have a number of excellent artistic students in school who have a passion for this subject and wish to pursue future career opportunities’.
Madison Davies in Year 11 said: ‘I like the fact he listens to music when he works. Stuart looked at my work and was interested in my ideas'. Jack Gilbride, also in Year 11 added: ' I am following him on social media, his you tube clips are really interesting'.
Anna Hines, Progress Mentor at Wey Valley said: ‘Stuart’s visit forms part of the Raising Aspirations mentoring programme which aims to encourage our students to develop self-belief and aspirational life goals.” Stuart was extremely keen to be involved with the students and I was delighted when he agreed to share his own personal story about his journey from an ordinary college student, to an incredibly successful international artist.'

Tracy Melling, Chief Executive of the Dorset Community Foundation commented: ‘The pilot scheme has been funded from a successful grant application submitted by The Dorset Community Foundation to The Goldsmiths’ Company. If successful we are hoping to replicate the mentoring scheme across other schools in deprived areas across Dorset’.
Sara Adams, Acting Principal at Wey Valley added, ‘the students have come away with a real buzz from seeing a range of fantastic art work and receiving some excellent support and guidance from Mr Semple’.
For more details on the Raising Aspirations mentoring programme please visit www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org.