‘Creativity in our community’ is a project being run by community arts project Take A Part.
This project, working in collaboration with St.Paul’s Court, High View School and Grow Efford consequently has three strands, and is working to draw different members of the Efford community together to work creatively.
St.Paul’s Court approached Take A Part a number of months ago with the idea of creating a large scale mural in their dining room area. They wanted something that their residents could not only participate in and contribute to, but that could celebrate Efford and the various memories and stories associated with it. They also wanted an opportunity to connect more with the community, inviting community members into St.Paul’s, to work alongside their residents to develop the mural.
Artist Graham Guy-Robinson has worked previously in Efford with Take A Part- on a brilliant temporary mural at Efford Youth Centre, and he has supported Take A Part and the Efford community in painting the new mural at St.Paul’s Court.
Complimenting the mural, and extending the project to the wider community, children at High View School are working with a number of artists to create work in response to the mural’s themes of community, memories and stories. The children will also look at the future and opportunities within Efford. The pieces of work they produce will not only be shared within the school, but across the community.
Sculptors Thrussell and Thrussell and artists Soraya Phillips and Andy Blackwell will all be feeding into this process, producing outcomes which include drawing, printmaking, outdoors sculpture work and designing, the making a commissioned piece of artwork.
The theme of the ‘dragonfly’ which represents change and moving forwards, will be inspiration for High View’s project work. Whilst complimenting the themes of history and heritage, it enables everyone to look forward to the changes in the community, as represented in the mural.
Workshops with children at High View began in April 2013 with a drawing session, this was followed by a studio visit to Thrussell and Thrussell to see their working processes, with workshops in more mediums and outdoors art activities too!