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Borough Academy Arts Festival

Submissions from Visual Art, Drama and Music disciplines 

This year’s theme is ‘Play’

We invited students to use the current situation as a catalyst to create meaningful art. The festival will celebrate our students' artistic achievements this year and their response to creating Art in isolation.

In challenging times artists often employ their artistic practice to turn problems into creative opportunities.  Over the past months for our Borough Academy artists their homes have become Artist Studios. Kitchen tables used as plinths, curtains transformed into backdrops, everyday objects given new meaning and significance in this period of isolation. Although we are not physically together, the work we present here celebrates acts of collaboration.  Working together, yet separately, sharing ideas that are both universal and personal. 

Drama students were asked to create their own work in response to texts or ideas, or to create work based around given Monologues. We challenged students to use ‘found’ objects around the home and to create a whole world of the play, making props, soundtrack and set themselves. Some students chose to submit personal work, celebrating their favourite book or reading a contemporary monologue. Others worked on a collaborative task with Art, using backgrounds for their monologues and making set designs. 

Music students at Borough Academy work in an environment that unlocks potential and helps aspiring musicians develop their musicality and creativity.  In isolation the students have risen to the challenge and applied their creative talents to devise their own musical pieces and make instruments using resources from home.  

A celebration that proves…

You can be an artist, wherever you are.