The summer term is usually an exciting one for the creative arts department. With performance evenings for music and drama alongside a GCSE art gallery celebration, it’s one of our busiest times of the year. It’s a chance to celebrate the talents of our young people that are involved in the arts. 

This year was no different and plans were in place. However, as the last few months have unfolded it became clear that our theatre and gallery would need to follow in the footsteps of the ‘West End’ and remain closed to the public. 

But surely, the show must go on?

Not to be defeated, the creative arts department want the pupils to come together and show resilience, unity, creativity and strength at this time of uncertainty to overcome the challenges we currently face. 

So, this year we will dedicate a week to celebrate the arts through our first (and perhaps, only!) Lowton Virtual Arts Festival of Hope. Pupils are invited to get involved in one or more of our celebration events during the week of 6th – 10th July. Our art gallery has moved online, and the stage has become our gardens, front rooms, kitchens and bedrooms. 

Information for the events

There will be 4 events planned across Art, Drama, Music and Dance. The theme of the festival will be ‘hope’ so any work completed within one of the disciplines should have this as a focus. All submissions must be sent in by 26th June ready for the technicians to put it all together.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL LARGE FILES SUCH AS VIDEOS SHOULD BE SENT SECURELY USING ONEDRIVE. PLEASE CONTACT THE MEMBER OF STAFF FIRST AND THEY WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS. THIS IS TO ENSURE ALL FILES SENT WILL BE SECURE AND SAFE.

Art:You can submit Art work that you produce surrounding this theme of ‘Hope’.  You can create any type of art work that you like, including; a drawing, painting, collage, a photograph you have taken or a 3D piece, to name just a few ideas.  

You could produce a piece of work that represents a symbol of hope to you e.g. a beautiful butterfly.  You could base your work on a true event that gives you hope.  You may also wish to think about hope for the future.  

Some points to consider when producing your art work:  what material you wish to use, use of colour/black and white, texture, shape and the composition of the piece and, more than anything, for it to be pleasing on the eye and represent the theme of ‘Hope’!

Have fun and we look forward to your Art entries.  Entries to Miss Gebelli  Please make sure you clearly label somewhere on your email entry, that this work is for the Arts Festival of Hope, your name and your form.

gebellin@lowtonhs.wigan.sch.uk

Drama:  If you would like to take part in an ensemble production or to perform a small monologue please contact Mrs Radford by Tuesday 15th June, scripts will then be issued along with details of how to record your work and send it in.                                    

radfordp@lowtonhs.wigan.sch.uk

Music:Our usual concert, the Summer Bash celebrates a range of performances from instrumentalists, singers to bands and choirs. With a focus on the theme of hope this year, if you’d like to perform a song, please contact Mr. Smith on the email address below. Think about songs containing a message of hope or even something that shows the resilience and unity we’ve shown through this difficult time.  If you’re struggling for ideas, Mr. Smith can help you.

smithj@lowtonhs.wigan.sch.uk

Dance:Fancy dusting off your dancing shoes to take part in the Lowton Virtual Arts Festival? Email Miss Haworth if you’re interested in taking part and you will be provided with a section of a song to which to choreograph, to showcase your talent and be part of a beautiful tribute to hope, which we all need right now.

Email Miss Haworth by Wednesday 17th June if you’re interested

haworthe@lowtonhs.wigan.sch.uk

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