Reading-based artist Peter Driver presents a set of large-scale woodcut prints and banners made specifically for the K6 Gallery. The works imagine a future education policy prioritising creativity, critical reasoning, and imagination as keys to fulfilling each child’s potential.
He is concerned that primary assessment, attainment targets, rote-learning and teaching-to-the-test can dominate the lives of teachers and pupils in our primary schools. This model tends to skew teaching priorities away from children’s personal development and reduce in-school time for creative activities, reading-for-pleasure, art, drama and music. In addition, the Ofsted inspection regime seems designed to impose academisation, involving the massive transfer of public assets into private ownership.
See Peter’s oppositional response to these forces at K6 Gallery from Friday 1st September.
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K6 Gallery is an exhibition space in the centre of Southampton. The space makes use of a pair of iconic grade II listed red phone boxes. Designed by architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935. This was the sixth incarnation of the red phone box. They were a smaller and more streamlined version of the K2 model and were known as the K6 (kiosk number 6).
The gallery runs a diverse programme of four exhibitions a year, engaging audiences by showcasing both local and national artists with a focus on contemporary and conceptual art.
The gallery is run by a dedicated team of volunteers as a non-profit entity. Entrance is free.
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