This weekend I had the delight of setting up a selection of work completed by some of the very talented children and young people of Basildon in the Eastgate Art Gallery, based on level one of the Eastgate shopping centre. The gallery opened in July 2011 after a long campaign and lots of hard work by the local art community. Supervised and facilitated by volunteers, the Art Gallery provides a platform for professional and amateur artists to showcase their artwork to the wider community.
I thoroughly enjoy working with young minds and watching them develop their talent, problem solving through their creative practice and surprising themselves with their abilities. To have a space for this artwork to be displayed publically, acknowledging the importance of a creative curriculum to children and young people is such a privilege.
The work below has mainly been made as part of a schools art week. Pupils have explored the use of mod roc, collage and found objects to create work as well as gain an appreciation for contemporary artists such as Niki de Saint Phalle, Fiona Rae, Patrick Caulfield, and Damien Hirst to name but a few.
Arms, made as part of Bardfield Primary's artweek
Jake the tiger made as part of Fairhouse Infant's art week
Legs made as part of Bardfield Primary's Art Week
Mia the panda made as part of Fairhouse Infant's art week
Sitting yoga figure made as part of Bardfield primary's art week
Nellie the elephant made as part of Fairhouse Infants art week
Birds made from found objects as part of Eversley Primary's art week
Primary paint palette, made as part of Everlsey Primary's art week
Four Corners made at Fairhouse Infants as part of their Uk day
The sculptures in the gallery window of the Eastgate Art Gallery.
To find out more have a look at http://www.eastgateshoppingcentre.com/basildon-eastgate-art-bea-set-to-open.aspx
If you would like to find out more about an art week for your school, or art projects for your organisation please contact Lisa Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org