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Esher students decorate Sandown Park for summer racedays

Date: 25 July 2016

Esher_art_croppedStudents from Esher High School were welcomed to Sandown Park Racecourse last week to see their stunning artwork on display while enjoying a day’s racing.

Sandown Park invited the Year 9 students to produce artwork that ‘showcased the power of thoroughbred racehorses and the colour of a day at the races’. The 13 and 14-year-old students paired up to create their masterpieces, which were displayed at some of the racecourse’s big summer events – including the Elmbridge Community Raceday on Thursday 21 July, when the students visited with their teachers and parents.

Phil White, general manager of Sandown Park Racecourse, said:

“We have really enjoyed working with Esher High School on this project and have been blown away by the standard of the artwork. We were so impressed with the creations we had some of the pieces on display in the grandstand at the Coral-Eclipse, our biggest raceday of the summer. The end of term coincided with the Elmbridge Community Raceday, so we were delighted to welcome the school to thank them again for their work and artistic inspiration!”

Mike Boddington, head teacher at Esher High School, said:

“We were delighted to have been commissioned by Sandown Park to produce this artwork. The Year 9 art students worked hard over four months to produce an excellent level of work that each of them can be individually proud of. We were particularly pleased with the way in which they interpreted the brief in such an artistic and creative manner. We look forward to working with Sandown Park again in the future as close partners in the Elmbridge community.”

As part of the Elmbridge Community Raceday, Sandown Park hosted the annual Mayor’s Mascot Race. This year runners were from the Elmbridge Council, Surrey Advertiser, CHEER Charity, Brooklands Museum, as well as Sandown Park Racecourse and Epsom Downs Racecourse. The race was won by ‘Outsider’, from Elmbridge Borough Council.

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