Limited Edition Prints by Gerry Halpin M.A.F.A.
Limited Edition Prints by Gerry Halpin M.A.F.A.
A superb set of Signed Limited Edition prints depiction three school buildings by Gerry Halpin M.A.F.A.
As part of our CENTENARY APPEAL we are delighted to bring you a further innovative opportunity to help fund the new SIXTH FORM CENTRE at The Bury Grammar Schools.
Working with professional artist Gerry Halpin (who until very recently was a part time member of staff in the Boys School Art Department) we have published an exclusive set of ‘Images of The Schools'.
From original watercolour paintings, these finely produced Limited Edition prints, are signed and numbered by the artist and in an edition of only 250 copies of each image.
We hope that you will support us in this exciting venture by buying one or more of these beautiful prints. They make a wonderful and meaningful gift as well as helping to provide the funding towards a 21st century learning environment for our senior pupils.
The school was original built in 1903 and of typical late Victorian, early Edwardian design by the architect W.V.Gough on land generously bequeathed by the Earl of Derby.
The traditional Accrington red brick building, with decorated stone mullioned windows, and topped with a clock tower and twin cupolas, has since been a notable part of Bury's architectural heritage.
The internal addition of the Pugin-style Roger Kay Hall created much-needed space to accommodate the newly arrived girls in 1906.
Though fondly remembered by many former students as the original BURY GRAMMAR SCHOOL, accommodating both boys and girls, it was only after the departure of the boys to their own adjacent, purpose-built school in the early 1960s, that the building became the Girls School. It has since remained as much cherished as previously, by pupils past and present.
In the very near future the front elevation of this building will be imaginatively and sympathetically extended by Peter Skinner and his design team to house the new co-educational Sixth Form Centre.
Built in the early 1960's, it was designed in typical style of the time to accommodate only the boys, both junior and senior.
The earlier hard edge rectangular build of glass, brick and panel served its purpose well but recent improvements have made a considerable difference to its present appearance.
Led by Peter Skinner, the schools' Project Manager, the ‘in house' team have brought the building stylishly into the 21st century.
The quadrangle space has been stunningly transformed to house the school's new Learning Resource Centre while the most recent development, featured in this print, is the Art Suite.
With its contemporary curved roof and spacious interior, it has added and inspired elegance to what is best described as a clean-cut, functional, original building.
As the Boys School grew in pupil numbers there was a need to enlarge the premises and, fortuitously, in the early 1990s the adjacent former Bury Magistrates Court building became vacant on the completion if a new Court development.
Its architectural style was much in keeping with the original Grammar School (now the Girls School) and with little structural modification necessary for its conversion to accommodate students, the building was eminently suitable.
Internally, the building retains many splendid features from its original usage. A grand staircase sweeps the boys up to a spacious panelled ‘courtroom' adapted easily to provide an assembly hall and modest stage.
From the front elevation, the warm red brick and mellow decorated stonework provides an imposing though welcoming aspect for its eager young students to admire.
GERRY HALPIN M.A.F.A.
Gerry Halpin is an artist who has worked professionally since 1990 and his highly regarded paintings span a variety of subjects including landscapes, still life and figurative works. He also paints abstractly, interpreting the landscape from intriguing perspectives both high above and much closer to ground level.
In 2001 he was elected a member of Manchester Academy of Fine Arts and he has successfully exhibited his work widely in a number of prestigious galleries. His paintings are collected avidly and are in private and corporate collections worldwide. Locally, a fine example was purchased by the City of Blackburn Art Gallery for their permanent collection.
Until very recently he had taught painting and drawing part-time for 12 years at BGS Boys School and it was this rewarding experience which prompted him to continue his support of the Schools by publishing this set of ‘Images of the Schools'.
The proceeds will contribute to our Centenary Appeal and be attributed specifically towards the new SIXTH FORM CENTRE for pupils of both schools.