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Rainbows & Hope in schools

12th October 2020

Education and Engagement Manager, Steve Wilson has been busy over the summer organising online workshops and preparing for the new school term.

A colourful drawing of a garden, as seen through a window

Artwork by Dylan Wild for Arts Award Discover Digital, Summer 2020


Steve writes, “It has been a very ‘interesting’ time to say the least. Schools and our team are in this strange position – we’re trying to plan activities, but at the same time reacting to what can be a day-to-day existence. Luckily for us we have a strong structure in place for the schools and Creative Practitioners who we work with regularly.

Before ‘lockdown’ we had a number of school engagements planned, but pretty much overnight everything was put on hold. Rather than cancelling engagements permanently, we put projects on hold and we are delighted to announce that projects are now going ahead as planned, both in person and online.

An obvious theme that has emerged for new work has been ‘recovery’ and the notion of a ‘new start’ and ‘re-emerging’. Our first project is with Haberdashers’ Abraham Darby School in Telford. We will be working with children from Year 9 and Creative Practitioner Emily Wilkinson (pictured below with Jaime Jackson at RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2019) on a portraiture and text project combining Emily’s joint skills of visual art and creative writing. Emily will work both in school and online with the pupils, on what should be a fascinating project.

From a secondary school in deepest Telford, we are now moving across counties to Bromsgrove in Worcestershire. We are very pleased to be working once again with Blackwell First School and, creative practitioner, Mark Riley. Mark has a great relationship with the school and, in the past, has run a project on the Middle East and its art history. This time around, Mark is taking on the theme of rainbows and what they represent to children. Inspired by the NHS and the symbol of hope Mark will work with the school and children to examine what the colours mean to them and the symbolism of this wonderful weather phenomenon. We can’t wait to see what they do!”

Three model apartment blocks, made from a cardboard box with a colourful striped background

Artwork created for a workshop in Worcester by Mark Riley for Living Ruins