A temporary student art exhibition has been revealed at the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole, which is open to the public from 12pm until 4pm daily.

The exhibition showcases GCSE and A-Level artwork from students at Poole High School, as well as A Level Design and Technology (Textiles and Product Design). It is the first time the centre has partnered with Poole High to offer a dedicated in-centre space to show the students’ work.

The GCSE artwork will be displayed in the former Stead & Simpson, in the lower mall of the Dolphin Shopping Centre. The exhibition will showcase two and three dimensional work, with themes including the Mexican holiday ‘Day of the Dead’ and ‘Distortion and Reflection’. Pieces will be in the form of prints, paintings and ceramics.

Last year, Poole High GCSE students went to see The Lion King in the West End, giving them inspiration for a new style of artwork, such as paper mâché colourful animal masks. These will be on display at the exhibition.

The A-Level artwork and D&T work will be displayed in the former Juice Bar, upstairs in the Dolphin Shopping Centre. The work will showcase A Level Photography as well as more traditional art pieces.

The Dolphin Shopping Centre will host a private viewing of the artwork on Saturday July 8 from 1pm to 3pm, especially for family and friends of the Poole High artists to celebrate their hard work. The artwork will remain on display at the exhibition until Saturday July 8.

The free-to-explore exhibition will be manned by sixth formers, welcoming guests and answering any questions about the pieces. Jodie Burt, a sixth former at Poole High will also visit the shopping centre on several occasions throughout the duration of the exhibition to do caricatures.

John Grinnell, centre manager at the Dolphin, commented: “We like to keep shoppers entertained with a range of events throughout the year and felt that by showcasing Poole High’s artwork, we will support the young local artists and fill them with confidence knowing the public is viewing their work.”

Mel Bennett, art teacher at Poole High School, commented: “The GCSE and A-Level students are really excited about showcasing their work to the public. We think it will appeal to the shoppers because of the diverse range of artwork on view.

“We’re so grateful to the Dolphin for providing us with a space to showcase our talented students’ work.”

 For further information on events at the Dolphin Shopping Centre, visit www.dolphinshoppingcentre.co.uk