Here marks the start of an exciting school and community engagement project. I will be working with pupils at Errol Primary School to explore public art and engage with their village.
I was chosen by a steering group made up of local community, teachers and pupils. They will be with me throughout the project to guide me in the right direction.
Together we identified the aims of the project, which are to –
•Collaborate with ALL the pupils in school including nursery
•Involve and interact with the local community
•Bring the community into the new school building
•Create a permanent artwork sited inside the school, Create a legacy
With these aims in mind I thought about how to create a buzz and interest within the local community and how to bring them into the new school building. We could have an exhibition where people come to view the collaborative artwork that we had made for inside the school. That was ok but I wanted to really get people involved and interacting with the project and the pupils. We wanted to create something exciting and ambitious. We wanted a celebration of Errol and its community.
I developed an idea that I thought met all our aims and was exciting and challenging. When the day came to unveil my idea to the steering group I was quite nervous. I had become so excited about the thought of putting this project together that I really hoped they liked it!
Success! With a few tweaks we had our plan……
ERROL ARTS TRAIL WAS BORN!
- A series of temporary art installations
- Created by pupils and community
- Inspired by local industries and heritage
Each year group will work together to create an artwork for the trail
The pupils will have the opportunity to learn about and be inspired by their local heritage and engage with their community
Celebrating creativity in our neighbourhood
The last artwork in the trail will be sited inside the school to bring people in and to celebrate our new school
People will have the opportunity to view all the artwork we have created by following a trail around the school and village.
What will happen to the artwork in the trail after the celebration weekend?
The artwork within the school will be permanent. Where possible the artworks will be re-sited to within the school grounds or a suitable place within the village. Other artworks that are more temporary will be photographed and professionally printed large-scale for display within the school as a record of out achievements and decoration for the new school building.
Our Green Credentials
We plan to use recycled materials wherever possible throughout the project. We plan to make the project carbon neutral by planting a tree during the celebtation event, the pupil will be involved in this.