Young artist’s solo exhibition

Sian Bartley


Three cheers for young artist Sian Bartley.  The eight-year-old Gordonton School pupil is holding her first solo exhibition next month, and only began painting recently.

In March she began working with artists Raymond Jennings and Joanne Clarke, taking their Art Workshop program.

Joanne Clarke says the weekly sessions are designed to spark and enrich imagination.

“Sian was encouraged in a form of creative visual self-expression, empowering her to do new and unexpected things with outstanding results.”

Raymond Jennings says Sian has exceptional talent. ” She is producing some very strong work. Just getting started – she is on her way.”


Sian Bartley
Sian at work, with Raymond Jennings reflecting…


The title for the exhibition came from a discussion on using the last of the paint, says Joanne.

“I suggested she create an abstract work. We had talked about over-working things previously, so I joked ‘well that’s looking a little over-worked,’ to which she quipped – ‘I’m just getting started!'”


Sian Bartley


  • ‘Just Getting Started’ opens on Wednesday 8 August at 1.20pm in the foyer and staffroom at Gordonton School, and runs until Wednesday 15 August.




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2 thoughts on “Young artist’s solo exhibition

  • July 24, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Great stuff! And do keep showing us more work from the Art Workshop programme – this looks like a really exciting project.

    • July 27, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      It looks fabulous, doesn’t it Judy? Will get along to have a look…


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