Manor Park schools hold exhibition after 2nd year with Bow Arts

Manor Park schools working with Bow Arts

Manor Park schools working with Bow Arts - Credit: Bow Arts

Children from a cluster of eight local schools in east London came together to mark the end of the second year of their arts consortium with an exhibition of their work.

Manor Park schools working with Bow Arts

Manor Park schools working with Bow Arts - Credit: Bow Arts

The schools in Manor Park share resources and planning, working with professional artists from Bow Arts on a programme of projects.

Manor Park schools working with Bow Arts

Manor Park schools working with Bow Arts - Credit: Bow Arts

Each school worked with a professional artist from Bow Art over the past 12 months to complete a project tailored to their own needs and priorities, with different, interesting topics.

Dersingham Primary worked with artist Daniel Wallis on a 2D and 3D project linked to their ‘Treasure’ topic. The children made clay pots and built impressive 3D cities from coloured card.

Essex Primary worked with Ceri Davies to create colourful and expressive ‘sky’ paintings of the skyline in their neighbourhood, inspired by the artist Turner.


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Monega Primary worked with Kirsti Davies on a project about the Thames, where the children created a huge river from plastic carrier bags ironed together. The kids also built collages and sculptures from flotsam they collected on the river foreshore.

Other projects included photography, willow sculptures and vinyl window installations.

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The artists didn’t just help the kids. The teachers were also brushed into shape as well.

Bow Arts ran training sessions for teachers, sharpening their skills in media and encouraging learning with Creative Maths, Literacy and Science sessions.

Schools also paired up with youngsters working together and sharing their new-found skills.

They all came together at Little Ilford School for the exhibition to show the work from the past year to their mums and dads, a celebration of all their achievements and looking forward to collaborating in the next 12 months.

The schools taking part in the consortium are Little Ilford, Dersingham, Essex, Monega, Salisbury, Sir John Heron and St Winefride’s, as well as Sheringham Nursery.

[Pictures: Ollie Harrop]

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