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An Inspiring Spring

13th March 2018

Our Education & Engagement Officer Steve Wilson gives us a roundup of the spring projects that are taking place in our Meadow Arts Inspires programme.

A very important part of what we do at Meadow Arts is our work with children and young people, which takes place through our Meadow Arts Inspires programme of education and engagement projects.

The artists who create workshops for community-based projects are called creative practitioners and we have a list of people who responded to our recent call-out for applications, poised and ready to make art with schools and other groups.

A textile hanging, featuring pictorial squares of text artwork and longer strips of text phrases.

Creative practitioner Emily Wilkinson has just completed a fantastic project at Donnington Wood Junior School in Telford (the project is pictured here). Emily, who is an artist and writer, worked with pupils from the school to create visual displays based on different languages and typographies from across the world. The children also composed poems based on the school’s values. Read Emily's blog by clicking here.

Another Meadow Arts creative practitioner is Megan Clark-Bagnall who is working with Clifford Primary School in Herefordshire. Megan has developed a project about Georgian society and its art, and she took pupils from the school to National Trust property Berrington Hall in Herefordshire to be inspired by the hall and its huge outdoor sculpture, Look! Look! Look! by Heather and Ivan Morison. Megan’s project was temporarily snowed off and she plans to complete it at the beginning of May.

A further Meadow Arts Inspires project is taking place with Worcestershire based creative practitioner Mark Riley at Blackwell First School in Bromsgrove. Mark’s project is based on the art of Iraq and the work will be exhibited at Worcester Cathedral in June as part of Worcestershire’s Voices and Visions project. Later in the spring, Meadow Arts Inspires will be working with Regency, Fort Royal and Stanley Road Schools under the Voices and Visions programme.

In addition to our school projects, we’ve got some fun family creative sessions coming up for members of the public. On 28 April there’ll be two workshops at The Hive with digital artists Ben Foot and Valentina Floris from SDNA, using sound and illustration to create art based on the forthcoming Ice Age exhibition at The Hive and Museums Worcestershire. Our family workshop with Sarah Edwards of Spare Room Arts takes place on Saturday 12 May, using Heather and Ivan Morison’s residency and artwork at The Hive to inspire the building of a collaborative totem pole. Check our Events pages for full details.

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