Harlow students join national sculpture projectPosted: 18th December 2018
Students in Harlow have been chosen to take part in a national project focusing on sculptures.
Burnt Mill Academy is working on the three-year ArtUK Your Sculpture project.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery, the project will result in a digitisation of sculpture from the last 1,000 years in public ownership in the UK.
CultureStreet is producing films about sculpture as seen through the eyes of young people to be used by young people and teachers as part of the National Curriculum.
Harlow Civic Centre is one of just 25 venues featured nationally and the only one in this region.
Year 9 students from Burnt Mill worked on a video around The Family Group by Henry Moore sculpture in the collection of Harlow Arts Trust. The work is one of more than 80 in and around Harlow, prompting students to look into why the town has more sculpture than most UK towns.
Cristin Casey, director of performing arts for the BMAT group of schools, said: “Students were captivated by the day. They learned about the sculptures from the materials used to create them, practical carving workshops and the context and importance of these works while demonstrating their performance and presentation skills.
“By the end of the day, students were creating exciting footage and speaking about the sculptures and the significance of these pieces of art within their town. They have now been challenged to act as advocates for sculpture in the town. In order to celebrate our community, we have shared methods in which teachers at Burnt Mill can use these sculptures within their lesson in all subject areas from chemistry to RE.”
During the week before filming, 15 students were given training on filming and an insight into the project. On the day, they filmed immediate reactions to the work, looked at other public sculpture in the Water Gardens area, interviewed Kate Harding from Harlow Arts Trust and filmed a practical workshop at Gibberd Gallery.
Burnt Mill was selected because of its involvement with Artsmark.