SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT
Student Abigail Sharples entered three studies of a ballerina into the Bolton School open art exhibition and they were snapped up by old boy Gary Sykes. The Year 13 student’s work was inspired by Edward Degas and they made an impression on Gary, who said: ‘As the son of working class parents who had only one piece of art in their house, a cheap print bought for them, I had little interest in art.
‘I did sciences at A level and could not draw a straight line with a ruler. However, that print in my childhood home was of a ballet dancer at the barre with her teacher, by Renoir. It clearly had a lasting effect, as my eyes were immediately caught by Abigail’s three part painting of the dancer. ‘Any one of the paintings on their own would have been okay, but together they form a wonderful piece which I hope to keep for many years – even when Abigail is famous.’ Abigail said: ‘I was really happy and excited. It made me feel like I was doing the right thing, because
I’m going to study art at university.’
Head of sixth form Catherine Winder, Abigail Sharples and Gary Sykes