Pupils inspired by local artist

2nd September 2011

Pupils at a Northumberland school took part in a week of creative activity inspired by the artist John Martin, whose work will be marked by Tate Britain from September.

Haydon Bridge High School’s project helped students consolidate their knowledge of the local artist’s work in VJ performance and comic books.

After studying his works including the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, some retold them in cartoon style while others took the themes of destruction and disaster and created video art, culminating in a performance of dramatic and amazing visuals for the whole school.

They were supported by Digital Voice for Communities.

John Martin (1789–1854) was a key figure in the nineteenth-century art world, renowned for his dramatic scenes of apocalyptic destruction and biblical disaster. While he was hugely popular, he remained something of an outsider, scorned by the art critics of his time.

This homage to his work by the school comes at a time when his importance has been recognized by an exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle and another soon to open at Tate Britain (John Martin: Apocalypse 21 September 2011 – 15 January 2012)