Millie Macdonald prepares for her exhibition – Chāi Nà

Talented Upper Sixth student, Millie Macdonald, is preparing for the private viewing of her exhibition Chāi Nà.

Her exhibition is part of her Extended Project Qualification and explores China’s infrastructure and politics.

Talking about her upcoming exhibition, Millie said,

“The Installation is very personal to me as it represents my observations during my childhood growing up in Beijing. China’s capital city has a unique ambience, where ancient imperial temples and pagodas sit among glistening high-rise office blocks.”

She continued,

“China’s traditional heritage juxtaposed with a desire for modernisation sparked controversy when Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics. The dichotomy between the idealism of the Beijing Olympics as portrayed in the official media materials, and the untold reality of Hutong demolitions, is explored through my exhibition.”

As well as the Extended Project Qualification, Millie is studying Chemistry, Biology and Geology for her A Levels. Speaking about her decision to take the EPQ, Millie commented,

“The EPQ has allowed me to pursue my passion for Installation Art and my interest in the Chinese Political Artist Ai Weiwei.”

After completing her A Levels, Millie hopes to study Geology at Durham University in addition to continuing her Mandarin studies and interest in Chinese art and culture.

The Extended Project Qualification is provided as an option for Sixth Form students to study any subject or topic of their choosing in order to gain a recognised qualification. Students’ final projects have included exhibitions, dissertations, performances and artefacts.

Students who complete an Extended Project have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate a wide range of transferable skills and it is highly regarded by universities.

Chāi Nà will be exhibiting from 24 January to the 7 February in Truro School’s Heseltine Gallery.