“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Andrew Cook, Headmaster of Mitchell House last Thursday opened the Mall of the North Mitchell House Art Gallery with this famous Pablo Picasso quote.
Mall of the North and Mitchell House joined hands to host this unique art exhibition in the mall from Friday to Tuesday. Art work from Mitchell House learners brightened up the halls of this shopping mecca and drew attention from interested shoppers.
At the opening night last Thursday parents, friends and families of the young artists thronged through the mall, accompanied by learners as ushers, to take in all of the beauty on display.
Sumari de Ridder, General Manager of Mall of the North, welcomed guests and said this initiative was part of the mall’s commitment to education. “We believe that art is an integral part of education and that is why we decided to focus on art as an education medium,” she said.
“Mall of the North is not just a shopping centre, but also a pillar of the community. We contribute to several social investment programmes like the successful Siyakha Education Trust Learning Labs. The Siyakha Education Trust initiative sees promising learners from selected high schools attending daily computer-based maths lessons after school.”
Cook thanked every person involved in the Mall of the North Mitchell House Art Gallery project, with a special thanks to the learners.
“When I spoke to the mall’s Marketing Manager, René van der Merwe, she said Mitchell House learners were the most polite children that she had ever met.” Cook said he realised with pride that their learners were their best advertisement.
He explained that while they were preparing for the art show, Mitchell House’s management team realised that not enough time was allocated to art education.
“We decided to dedicate Wednesday afternoons to art and culture. This is a lasting legacy of this special Art Gallery at Mall of the North.”
The Mitchell House choir sang upbeat songs and their drama groups and orators entertained guests at various points in the building as they made their way through the exhibition accompanied by their ushers.
Delicious snacks and refreshing beverages ensured that the evening was a sociable event where friends and family could spend quality time together.