Pool School Gallery Project
Pool Academy secondary school is in heart of Cornwall. The school’s catchment area is in the top 10% most deprived neighbourhoods in England. Among other things lacking in the community, there is little arts provision and it is this imbalance that the Pool School Gallery project has aimed to address in its pilot phase.
A detached building on the school premises has been transformed into a new arts space of exceptional standard, available for the Academy and the wider community. Artist and educator Jonty Lees has lead this project and from the outset he placed responsibility with these young people to help shape the Gallery, trusting them to deliver as professionals.
FEAST funding has enabled two artists of international renown to take up residencies with the Gallery, making new work that’s been exhibited there. Turner Prize nominee Hilary Lloyd took up residence, followed by the acclaimed Norwegian artist Morten Halverson. Lloyd made a new body of water colour paintings, a radical departure from her usual work. Halverson developed new sound pieces and sculpture, sharing this process with the students and taking them on cultural trips to explore galleries locally.
The Pool School Gallery is also housing works from the Cornwall Council Schools Art Collection. By making pieces from this wonderful collection accessible to Pool, local people now have the chance to experience well known Cornish art where they otherwise couldn’t.
This project has strengthened local connections between Pool Academy and the community and forged new cultural relationships. Through working with the Cornwall Museums Partnership; the Pool School Gallery undertook Arts Award training and has become an Arts Award Centre.
The ultimate ambition moving forward is for the community at Pool Academy to continue to develop and deliver a permanent project space of high quality international art.
Painting: Blue Development by Victor Pasmore, 1964 (Cornwall Council Schools Art Collection)
Signs and Wonders Light Spectacular!
The Day-LIGHT Group CIC have just completed a spectacular series of illuminated events in four stunning locations in Cornwall – St. Rumon’s Garden Redruth, Gwennap Pit, Carn Marth and a grand finale of all the work in St. Day.
During the project they worked with members of the community to create beautiful light installations that helped local people to connect with the history and heritage of these areas .The events were given a magical quality through the use of smoke machines, water, sound and moving image and the venues chosen were devoid of any light pollution, allowing maximum impact for the atmospheric illuminations. In the course of this project friendships were made, people danced, sung, made music, walked, talked, sketched, listened, learned, enjoyed delicious home baked food and have been inspired!
The Day-LIGHT Group are very proud of what was achieved in this multi-faceted and ambitious project. They have grown enormously as an organisation in terms of what they can achieve in future projects:
‘The FEAST funding enabled us to do so much – explore new locations, work with more groups and communities, develop fresh skills and explore new technologies. It kick started our funding journey and enabled us to gain a substantial grant from Arts Council England.’
As a result of his involvement in Signs and Wonders, Bryn Humphris, a junior Technical Assistant on the project is now applying to a higher education BA course to study Live Events Production with an emphasis on lighting and sound:
‘Whilst working alongside Martin Fenton, an experienced industry professional, I was able to access any support and guidance needed whilst being a part of Signs and Wonders. The project increased my self-confidence and allowed me to see the strengths I have within this industry. These have been an exciting and innovative series of events that I am grateful and happy to have been a part of’
While the weather throughout this project was exceptionally diverse and provided some big challenges, everyone involved pulled together and never let a raincloud dampen their spirit! A local attendee Zoe Edwards noted:
‘My eldest daughter is very shy in large social groups and although she made a lantern at your workshop she was adamant that she would not carry it and did not want to be part of the parade. However on the night she got carried away in the atmosphere and carried her lantern all the way round without even thinking about it. This might not seem a big deal for some families but for our very introverted little girl this was a massive step and a total joy for me to see!’
The Newquay Community Orchard Spring Fayre
The Newquay Community Orchard Spring Fayre has just taken place with a massive 3000 people attending the festival this year compared with 750 in 2017! They enjoyed workshops, craft stalls, a farmers market, talks, games and live music in the spring sunshine.
FEAST funding helped to deliver the Art of Foraging trail which combined wild food foraging with artistic creativity free to all!
Participants started the trail at local independent café Tom Thumb and were then led through the hidden back hedges of Newquay in search of edibles and hand-made woodland creatures. The trail combined the festival’s commitment to minimise the use of vehicles as a means of transport with its love for wildlife and creativity.
“All I can say is I have found my path and a spiritual home I can share with all!”
FEAST also provided materials for Art8 Newquay to run a wild bunting making workshop at the Spring Fayre, where participants collected plants on the trail for use in making bunting prints. Forest school sessions were also running all day with a variety of interactive, creative activities available for people of all ages to engage with.
The Newquay Community Orchard Spring Fayre aims to build a stronger sense of community in the town and through nature based creative activities, help people form a deeper connection with the local environment and share its ethos of environmental sustainability.
“What an absolutely wonderful day it was, so many people, lovely stalls, fab community feel to the day! Well done everyone involved!! It was a triumph! More of this please!”