Making Art Your Voice - May 29th to June 3rd
Project with the children of Oxford Gardens Primary School, in the shadow of Grenfell.
Making Art Your Voice is an exhibition of art by the children of Oxford Gardens Primary School which lies in the shadow of Grenfell Tower. In the aftermath of the fire, artist and ex-parent Rosie Parmley gave free lessons, introducing the children to materials and processes not normally seen in the classroom. There will be of over 90 pieces ranging from sketches, paintings and sketchbooks, taking the art work out of the classroom and onto the walls of a professional community art gallery. Rosie says it will give the children a huge confidence boost. "There is a lot of interest in supporting the children now", she adds, "but in a few years' time they'll be forgotten. This project arms the children with a visual voice: a personal sketchbook, art work and the experience of an exhibition in a professional gallery. This will nurture and open up new creative possibilities for the future." The art work and sketchbooks provide a snapshot of the project. "Having kept a sketchbook most of my life I have found it a vital refuge for understanding, truth, and gaining inspiration. Knowledge in drawing is the ability to see. It opens up a sensory world in terms of colour, shape, texture, smell and feeling." Children began by learning how to create marks in charcoal, pencil and Brusho paint. They then drew, painted and printed from onions, copied Vincent Van Gogh's pen and ink techniques, embellished their sketchbooks with embossing and constructed charcoal drawings of Indian elephants - specifically selected for its symbol of good luck, strength, confidence and wisdom. Lastly, they followed Paul Klee's layering process to create personal drawings and paintings. This is a vibrant, colourful and inspirational exhibition produced with lots of love and hope.