Site Specific Sculpture Sec-Ed Project 2012

     Datganiad I'r Wasg Mawrth 2012 Prosiect CerflunioSafle Penodol Addysg Uwchradd 2012

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The Nine Site Specific Sculptures built in Nine Welsh Secondary Schools - ( left to right):

PARTNER SCHOOLS: MORRISTON, BISHOP GORE, CEFN HENGOED, LLANGATWG, GLAN AFAN, ST. JOSEPH'S R.C.,

MILFORD HAVEN, SIR THOMAS PICTON. QUEEN ELIZABETH,

An exciting arts project has been taking place in 9 Welsh Secondary Schools over the past couple of months. Pupils from the schools have been working with artists to design, construct and install a piece of sculpture in their grounds. The nine Secondary Schools are Morriston, Bishop Gore and Cefn Hengoed in Swansea, Llangatwg, Glan Afan and St. Josephs in Neath Port Talbot, Queen Elizabeth in Carmarthen, Milford Haven and Sir Thomas Picton in Pembroke.  The nine sculptures link the schools in an interesting and cultural way.  During the project, pupils have learnt about every aspect of making a piece of sculpture, contributing to their creative and problem solving skills.  Artists working on the project are Dave Marchant, Ami Marsden, Laila Williams, Clare Ferguson-Walker, Tina-Marie Cunningham, Viv Rhule and Sara Holden. Managing Artist Swansea Sara Holden described the project: The sculptures are meaningful, interesting and demonstrate each school's appreciation and knowledge of culture and the arts.  The pupils have been involved at every level from design and planning decisions through to making the sculptures and are thoroughly enjoying the experience of working with artists.  The young people have shown they have great creative skills and the ability to make art works that will be enjoyed by the schools and the wider community, which will be source of pride to all!' The project is funded by the Arts Council of Wales, through the National Lottery and Welsh Government, Neath Port Talbot Borough Council, Carillion Construction, Bluestone Resorts, South Hook LNG, Milford Haven Port Authorities and the schools themselves.   The following feature about the project shows the sculptures in their school settings. Scroll down to reveal full feature.     

Mae prosiect celf cyffrous wedi bod ar waith mewn 9 ysgol gynradd yng Nghymru ers rhai misoedd. Mae disgyblion o'r ysgolion wedi bod yn gweithio gydag artistiaid i ddylunio, adeiladu a gosod darn o gerflun ar eu tir. Y naw ysgol uwchradd yw Treforys, Esgob Gore a Chefn Hengoed yn Abertawe, Llangatwg, Glan Afan a San Joseff yng Nghastell-nedd, y Frenhines Elizabeth yng Nghaerfyrddin, Ysgol Gyfun Aberdaugleddau yn y dref honno a Syr Thomas Picton ym Mhenfro.    Dave Marchant, Ami Marsden, Laila Williams, Clare Ferguson-Walker, Tina-Marie Cunningham, Viv Rhule a Sara Holden a ddisgrifiodd y prosiect yw'r artistiaid sy'n gweithio ar y prosiect: "Bydd y cerfluniau'n ystyrlon, yn ddiddorol ac yn dangos gwerthfawrogiad a gwybodaeth diwylliant o'r celfyddydau.  Mae'r disgyblion wedi cyfrannu ar bob lefel, o ddylunio a gwneud penderfyniadau cynllunio i greu cerfluniau ac maent yn mwynhau'r profiad o weithio gydag artistiaid.  Mae'r bobl ifanc wedi dangos bod ganddynt sgiliau creadigol rhagorol a'r gallu i wneud darnau o waith celf y bydd ysgolion a'r gymuned ehangach yn eu mwynhau, a fydd yn destun balchder i bawb." Ariennir y prosiect gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, trwy'r Cenedlaethol Loteri a Llywodraeth Cymru, Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Castell-nedd Port Talbot, Carillion Construction, Bluestone Resorts, South Hook LNG, Awdurdodau Porthladdoedd Aberdaugleddau a'r ysgolion eu hunain.     

SWANSEA SCHOOLS

MORRISTON COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL

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Year 9 Art pupils created 12m tall wall sculpture entitled "Aim High" woven from willow and incorporating colourful recycled materials. A stag's head from the school emblem with large butterfly wings, the sun and figures with a heart globe were installed temporarily in the school entrance garden on a metal wall. The school will shortly be rebuilt with the sculpture in the same prominent position. The pupils worked with Artist Laila Williams.

BISHOP GORE COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL

Year 7 built their school sculpture from ply board and ceramic tiles which they painted and crafted with designs produced on a cultural activities theme

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The pupils worked with Artist Dave Marchant The sculpture is situated in an enclosed garden quadrant that can be seen from facing classrooms and corridors.

CEFN HENGOED COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL

As part of the new build at this school, pupils created large mobile sculptures "with windows on nature". They used recycled bicycle wheels to display their colourful artworks. Arrtist Ami Marsden worked with the pupils.

 

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NEATH PORT TALBOT SCHOOLS

LLANGATWG

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'The World is in your Hands' was made by Year 9 Art Students and installed beside the art room and a brook that runs through the school. Using willow to create a sphere, hands, and wildlife to set on and around a larch plinth, their sculpture became a celestial scene. An excalabur sword from the story of King Arthur and a celtic cross for the school's patron saint -St. Catwg are some of the special details. Artist Sara Holden worked with the pupils.

GLAN AFAN COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL

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Glan Afan school History goes back to 1898 when there were separate boys and girls entrances.. The corner stone was laid by Emily Talbot and the coat of arms of the Talbot family make up the the school badge and emblem. These historical facts along with photos and drawings of the old parts and new parts made up the designs for the clay pieces that were created by Year 9 Art pupils for the willow sculpture. Artist Viv Rhule worked with them.

 

ST JOSEPH'S COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL

 

On the theme 'Your Environment', pupils worked with 3D materials using ideas from their Note books- such as rubbing's of different textures from around the school. Three different shaped domes were woven from willow and set into a school garden quadrant. The pupils used found objects together with willow to make special objects and artifacts about their local environment. These were placed inside the woven shelters. Artist Viv Rhule worked with the pupils from BETECH department.

 

 

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PEMBROKE SCHOOLS

MILFORD HAVEN COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL

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Pupils based their large sculptural panel on Milford Haven Docks and collected small p;ieces of driftwood and shells set on ply-wood to create different parts, such as the waves and the large boat in the foreground. They mounted it in a blue washed frame ready to be set in one of the feature windows in the school.

 

Artist Tina Cunningham worked with the pupils who enjoyed finding out all about the Docks during the project.

 

SIR THOMAS PICTON COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL

 

The pupils have produced three individual sculptural panels set into the ground in the nature garden. The three large panels each have a theme based on a habitat - Marine, Rural and Urban. Sea curling waves and rolling hills were the initial shapes to weave in willow the panels that became the canvas to add all of the pupils artworks to. The Year 9 pupils worked with Artist Tina Cunningham

 

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CARMARTHEN SCHOOL

QUEEN ELIZABETH HIGH

The whole school has been involved in producing ceramic tiles that will be installed soon on the circular steps of the Amphitheatre. The pupils inspirational theme for the sculptural installation was the changing seasons and what it meant to them.

 

The pupils worked with Ceramic artist Clare Ferguson Walker

 

 

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The entrance steps soon to be enhanced with the handmade tiles.

SCULPTURE BY THE SEA UK ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK THE KIND SPONSORS OF THIS PROJECT: