Youngsters from Highworth Warneford School, Churchfields Academy and Southfield Junior School were surprised to meet members of the world famous RAF aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, on 23 December, when they visited the RAF Museum in North London to see an exhibition of paintings by David Bent.
The children were first treated to a personal tour of the exhibition Fresh Air by David and the Museum’s Keeper of Visual Arts, Medals and Uniforms Andrew Cormack.
David, from Old Town, Swindon, has worked with the Museum to host the exhibition, giving a dynamic re-boot to the world of aviation art. Pictured above, youngsters from the three school with the Red Arrows. Below, one of David’s highly regarded paintings
Living in Swindon and keen for young people to be inspired by creativity, innovation and great role models from the world of aviation, David has set out to engage local school children as part of the year long event.
A number of the paintings included in the exhibition are inspired by time previously spent as artist in residence with the Red Arrows. Like the team itself, they exude a powerful dynamic that captivates the viewer. So what better way to end the visit than to actually meet the Red Arrows team in person?
David said: “I was delighted that the Reds and the children were able to visit my exhibition together and have such a good time. I thought it would be great if the kids could meet the real people who sit in the cockpits and bring their magic to the sky.. so we invited them down. It’s been a fantastic day.”
Squadron Leader Jim Turner (Red 1) added: “We had a fantastic day at the Museum with David and the children. It’s always a pleasure to meet the younger generation of aviation enthusiasts and I hope that we helped to make their day even more memorable.”
Nicole Callcut, from Churchfields Academy: “It was A-mazing! The paintings by David were really good and one of the best bits of the day was meeting the Red Arrows.”