Access and Widening Participation


Budding Year 12 Artists visit [Hear] Story Exhibition at UCL East

27 June 2024

Year 12s from Stoke Newington School saw their artwork exhibited in person at the [Hear] Story exhibition at UCL East, UCL's east London campus.

picture of students looking at printmaking exhibition featuring lots of small prints pinned up on boards in the Marshgate building

The [Hear] Story exhibition at UCL East provided a opportunity for young artists from Stoke Newington School to showcase their work in a professional setting for the first time. Year 12 students displayed their dry-point and Chin-colle etchings, curated alongside pieces inspired by the Slade School of Fine Art alumna Emma Hart’s Hear Now, a large-scale installation piece in UCL East’s One Pool Street that commemorates the working class women of the East London Federation of Suffragettes. 

The exhibition also features prints from students from five other east London schools, fostering a sense of camaraderie and mutual respect among students. For attendees it was a chance to see their work as part of a larger project, while also proving a valuable addition to personal portfolios and CVs. 

“It was an incredible experience, it inspired me to etch more,” one student commented. Another added, “I never thought about studying Art at UCL, but now I will definitely apply.” 

Event staff and trainees from the east London Shared Training and Employment Programme (STEP), supported by the UCL East Schools and Cultural Engagement teams, worked diligently to make the event memorable.

Roberta Livingston-McDonald, STEP trainee and event organiser said, 

It was lovely to see the students’ faces light up as they saw their prints colourfully displayed. Celebrating their achievements alongside their teachers and parents was truly special.” 

One of the teachers who attended said, 

A big thank you for having us and our Year 12s at the launch. It was such a joyous event – our students and their parents were genuinely touched to see their work on public display.” 

Schools and colleges interested in participating in future Printmaking Projects are encouraged to email east.schools@ucl.ac.uk. Prospective art students can also gain insights by listening to the Slade School of Fine Art Admissions Special on UCL’s Ask the Expert podcast, featuring top tips from lecturer Kate Bright. 

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