A group of GCSE Art students worked alongside local visual artist, Becci Kenning, to design this beautiful cow named Pilgrim.
Taking inspiration from the rich history and exhibits of Watts Gallery in Compton, Becci worked collaboratively with the 15 Year 10 Kings College pupils, and their art teacher Lucy Davis, to create a design reflecting the work of the eminent Victorian artist G F Watts and his wife, designer Mary Watts.
During two workshops and a dedicated tour of the gallery, Becci listened to the students’ thoughts on the numerous paintings and sculptures to get a real appreciation of the specific textures, colours and different styles that interested them.
Becci believes the resulting design, which took two weeks to paint to create the desired texture and depth of colour, features a strong Arts and Crafts pallette, which is a nod to the pottery at the gallery and features a male and female bias to celebrate both G F and Mary Watts’ work.
The proceeds from Pilgrim will go to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey, to conserve and protect the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, leaving a legacy for generations to come. The fund supports local community projects and enterprise schemes that benefit and enhance the Surrey Hills landscape.
Artist Becci Kenning: @artintransit1 (Twitter) & art-in-transit.com (website)