Roma artist proves a big draw

St Augustines School pupils Jessica Wilson and James Cox design their own drawings inspired by Roma artist Ferdinand Koci.
St Augustines School pupils Jessica Wilson and James Cox design their own drawings inspired by Roma artist Ferdinand Koci.

THE rich history of travelling communities proved a real draw for pupils at a Scarborough school thanks to a special exhibit.

Pupils from St Augustine’s School were given the chance to sample work by Albanian artist Ferdinand Koci, which focused on his Roma heritage and time spent across the world.

A selection of his drawings, prints and paintings were on display for students to discuss the prejudices and myths often associated with the communities.

Organisers said the art work had proved a great success in offering youngsters an insight into the subject.

They said: “The opportunity to see the work of a professional artist at first hand has allowed pupils to observe and draw the work, to examine the techniques and materials employed and to learn about the stories behind the images.

“The exhibition has provided a fascinating look into a little known community.”

The work will now be put on display at The West Park Gallery, in Leeds, later this year.