GCSE Art students were enthralled by a visit by the artist and poet Annie Freud on Tuesday at Wey Valley Academy. Annie is the daughter of famous artist Lucian Freud, the grandchild of Jacob Epstein and the great grandchild of the founder of psychanalysis Sigmund Freud. The students were inspired – one said, ‘I feel empowered to experiment with different styles and genres within art’. Another student exclaimed ‘Annie has enabled me to take risks with my work from a different perspective’. Annie said, ‘I love working with young artists, to be creative and to think outside of the box – the work produced today is of an extremely high standard and detailed in terms of different shades and textures’. Annie has just published her new collection of poetry and art called Hiddensee. She has also just opened a new exhibition of the work of her father Lucian Freud: Plant Portraits in the Garden Museum, London, which she has invited the Art department to attend.  Mark Damon Chutter, Performing Arts, who organised the event exclaimed ‘this was an inspirational day, and it was extremely kind of Annie to devote her precious time to our students here at Wey Valley Academy – it was highly innovative’.

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