On Saturday 14th March Sixth Form pupils studying A level art had the opportunity to attend an advance viewing of professional artist Rachel Wright’s exhibition of her Downside paintings at Downside Abbey Visitor Centre.

For the past nine months Rachel has been creating a series of paintings of Downside Abbey and the School moving through the summer, autumn and winter seasons. She has uniquely captured not only classic views of the Abbey and the School, such as the vesting benches in the Abbey or the School’s Harry Potter-style dining room, but also hidden treasures, such as the monastic gardens, that only a few have the opportunity to experience.

During the viewing the Downside pupils met with Rachel and asked her about her work, her artistic style and her career to date. An interesting take away from their conversation was how art and creativity can be such a strong tool for mental wellbeing. Rachel explained how her art is not only her job and career but also her hobby, her passion and a calming influence. Overall, an invaluable experience for our talented Sixth Form artists.

Rachel’s exhibition has now closed due to the Coronavirus epidemic, but her wonderful paintings can be viewed here.