Altrincham pupil exhibits schoolwork at Hale gallery – and sells it to London buyer for £500

By Josh Peachey at

A 17-year-old Altrincham student saw his school artwork snapped up for £500 after it was exhibited at a Hale gallery.

Gateway Gallery on Ashley Road held a week-long exhibition showcasing the artwork of local school students.

And a two metre high Empire State building sculpture by Will Aloul, a student at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, was bought for £500 by a London-based buyer.

Will, also a budding film producer, said: “My piece, inspired by the works of Gerry Judah, demonstrates the devastating effect that war and abandonment can have to cause gradual degradation of once incredible structures.

Will Aloul next to his two metre high Empire State Building

“It was a hard decision whether to sell, but it is an amazing feeling that a stranger liked my work enough to pay for it and that it will now travel to London to be displayed in their home”.

The architectural masterpiece wasn’t the only thing to go at the schools’ exhibition as Loreto Grammar School student Karina Górska sold a piece called ‘Missing’ for £120.

Eighteen-year-old King David High student Georgia Groundland, from Hale, was named best artist, taking home £150 prize money and the opportunity to show more of her work at the Ashley Road gallery next year.

Gateway Gallery in Hale decided not to charge any commission on the sold school pieces

Gateway Gallery owner Susan Eyres said: “It was a real buzz to invite these talented young people and their friends and family to the gallery. We had a fantastic week and when some of the artists received offers on their work, it really was the icing on the cake.

“Making it in the art world is tough and we will continue to do what we can to give back and support talented early stage artists”.