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Photography visit puts ancient art in focus

Published on 02/11/17

Photography students from The Hewett Academy zoomed in on ancient artefacts and stories during a visit to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

The centre, part of the University of East Anglia, is home to a permanent collection of over 1,400 sculptures, artworks, and objects spanning 5,000 years of human creativity, from Africa, the Americas, and Asia to classical Greece, Rome, and medieval Europe.

The Year 10 students explored the centre’s main collection and heard about the intriguing stories behind some of the objects, including mythical beasts and ancient rituals of human sacrifice.

Students took photographs and drew pictures inspired by the collection before putting them together in an artist-led workshop.

Photography teacher Francesca Cant said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to get up close to the centre’s fascinating collection.

“Our students behaved impeccably and produced some great photography and artwork on the day.”