Art project launched with schools

An ambitious art project has been launched at Shrewsbury College, which will see more than 400 school children create work over the coming months to display within a new £46 million centre for mental health services.

Up to a dozen primary and secondary schools from across the county are participating in the Arts for Health project, attending workshops at both Shrewsbury College and Telford College throughout April and May, in a bid to transform the Redwoods Centre in Shrewsbury.

“The project is enabling Art and Design students at Shrewsbury College gain valuable work experience,” said Anita Wyatt, project leader at the College. “They are able to assist professional artists and support younger school children. Many of them have also been inspired to sign up for additional volunteer work.”

Jessica Kent from Arts for Health added: “The artwork will make a huge difference to people using the facility. At the same time we hope to contribute strongly to the anti-stigma campaign by engaging with young people to distil some of the myths surrounding mental health and to broaden their understanding of the new centre and the people we are supporting.”

The mammoth project enlisted the help of The Speight of the Art Foundation to engage with children from local schools. The Foundation was established in order to seek out future artistic skills and talent in children aged between 4 and 18, in all its various forms.

A venue and date for the final exhibition is yet to being finalised. All the participating schools will be invited and Oliver Speight, Founder of Speight of the Art Foundation, will award a variety of prizes. The children’s art will then be on permanent display at the new Redwoods Centre when it opens in September 2012.
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