Leeds pupils' Dortmund art success

Leeds students have welcomed home their works of art which have been seen by thousands in Europe.

Pupils from Benton Park, Ralph Thoresby and Roundhay schools submitted winning entries to the Inter-cool exhibition in Dortmund, Germany.

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The twin city of Leeds staged the show in the U-Gallery (a former brewery) between September and November.

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More than 15,000 visitors saw 15 exhibits from Leeds - photographs, collages, prints, canvasses and short films - on the theme of youth culture.

Now they can be seen, alongside a collection from young Dortmund artists, at Leeds City Gallery until March 6.

Alex Lawler, project officer for the city council's international relations department, chose the Leeds exhibits with help from the group Artforms.

"We are really proud of them," she said. "Some of them reflect teenage angst but others project positive images."

Claire Winterbottom, 18, of Benton Park School, presented four photographs showing the several sides of her nature. One said: "Am determined to be successful;" another read, "Chuckle at everything;" and a third was the palm of a hand bearing the word "shy."

Hannah Pokland, 17, of Ralph Thoresby School, used light and shade to depict an abandoned buiilding; and Molly McGee, 17, of Roundhay School, created a photograph to depict magic and levitation.

A Dortmund picture, called Burky Road, was a parody of the Beatles' Abbey Road album cover. It shows four women in burkas using a crossing.

Another German entry was a collage of webcam screen shots. They were selected from 10,000 taken worldwide and give an insight into the internet community.

The Deputy Lord Mayor, Coun Patrick Davey, welcomed the students.


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