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IN PICTURES: Last chance to see Diss High School's India exhibition




Students from Diss High School at their exhibition, called India, at designmakers21. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography
Students from Diss High School at their exhibition, called India, at designmakers21. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography

It's the last chance to see an exhibition by students from Diss High School this weekend.

Called India - it offers an insight into the art, history, heritage and culture of the south Asian country.

The exhibition – currently on show at designermakers21 in St Nicholas Street – has been compiled by Year 8 students at Diss High School and features work completed over nine months, inspired by Indian art and craft.

Millie Ward
Millie Ward

It includes a range of textiles, ceramics, painted furniture and miniature trucks – all decorated with designs taken from traditional Indian motifs and contemporary truck art.

Marcu Calandea and Alan Wojewoda
Marcu Calandea and Alan Wojewoda

Vas Koka, head of art, wanted to inspire her students to examine the colours, textures and designs of her own Indian heritage.

“The vibrancy and vivid colours of the rich tapestry of culture that is India has always been a project that I hoped to celebrate due to my own heritage,” she said.

Students from Diss High School with their new India themed exhibition at Designmakers in Diss, Ashlee Crow and Lizzie Odgers...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (12402619)
Students from Diss High School with their new India themed exhibition at Designmakers in Diss, Ashlee Crow and Lizzie Odgers...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (12402619)

“This, in large part, is due to my ongoing passion and enthusiasm for India’s prolific heritage of art and craft. Growing up in a bi-cultural background gave me a valuable insight into this diverse and wide ranging culture.

Elodie Lessware
Elodie Lessware

“Due to the success of last year’s exhibition, we decided to focus on another cultural project. Working on such a large-scale and in-depth project allowed us the opportunity to critically examine and respond to different aspects of cultural and art traditions from all over the sub-continent. I am extremely proud of my students.”

Megan Fairweather
Megan Fairweather

The official launch was attended by more than 80 parents and their children, headteacher Dr Jan Hunt and Diss mayor Sonia Browne. The exhibition can be viewed on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until June 29.

“The art exhibition was a feast for the senses, from the delicious chai tea to the sitar music and the fantastic atmosphere,” said Cllr Browne.

“I was overwhelmed by the high standard of art. There were bright, intricate pieces of art which were presented in a way which was outstanding.”

Xanthe Ramsden
Xanthe Ramsden

The exhibition closes on June 29.



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