The results of The Great Art Quest are in THe Shed
Another week and another brand new exhibition for you. This time round, a series of collaborative art works made by school pupils from across north Cumbria. I was blown away by the quality and variety of the work when I first saw them all installed so I encourage you to come and see what I’m talking about. To give a little more background to this fascinating project, the co-ordinator Anna has written this week’s blog for us:
Our latest exhibition in THe Shed opened – Great Art Quest! In September 2014, Tullie House was selected as one of four organisations to take part in The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Art’s national ‘Great Art Quest’ programme. Great Art Quest aims to get children inspired by their local gallery and for our project we worked with 88 Year 5 & 6 pupils from five local primary schools: Alston Primary School, Kirkby Thore Primary School, Morland Area C of E Primary School, Nenthead Primary School, Newtown Community Primary School.
The schools explored the Fine Art collection in Old Tullie House, from paintings and printed textiles to sculpture and metalwork. The visit was facilitated by local artist Karen MacDougall and storyteller Ian Douglas. Working over a number of sessions at school, Karen helped the children produce large scale art works inspired by three common themes that they drew from their visit to Tullie House: landscape, people and stories. The pieces include a sculpture of Dixon’s Chimney made out of wooden printing blocks, a two metre long woven hanging and a life-sized wire model of a lady covered in a carpet of flowers! Ian worked with the children on physical and verbal responses to the work, including riddles, short stories and recordings of the ‘thoughts’ of elements of the landscapes. He has also worked with the children to create short performances that explore some of the themes of their pieces.
Installation was remarkably stress free, mainly due to the expertise of Cathy and Eloise! Here are a few photos from the installation, with Cathy mid-staple,
Karen constructing Dixon’s Chimney
and one of the finished pieces – a mobile made from metal foil featuring answers to riddles created by pupils from Alston & Nenthead!
The exhibition will be on display until Saturday 14th Feburary, we hope to see you there.