Urban Art Project 2016

April 2016

Lock-Up Secured For Local School Children.

An ugly, metal lock-up in Friarwood Valley Gardens was transformed by local school children and artist Elliot Wigzell on Wednesday 13th April.

Phase II of Pontefract Education Trust’s urban art project; saw the successful completion of a locally inspired, piece of graffiti art.  Leeds Artist, Elliot Wigzell, coached and supported the children as they work together on the mural.  

In January, pupils from The King’s School, Carleton High School,  St Joseph’s Pontefract, Holy Family & St Michael’s, Halfpenny Lane, Larkshill, DeLacy, Cobblers, Carleton Park, The Rookeries and Orchard Head were involved in an Urban Art Masterclass to explore the medium and history of the art.  During phase II, children joined forces during two planned sessions throughout the day, leaving Elliot to later complete the mural.

The Pontefract Education Trust (PET) has worked closely with the Friends of the Friarwood Valley Gardens (FFVG), to ensure project delivery and both are looking forward to celebrating and showcasing the talents of our school children. 

Louise Limbert from the PET said, “This is a really exciting project and we are extremely grateful to Colin from the FFVG for approaching us with such an inspirational opportunity.  The FFVG volunteers spend many hours developing these initiatives and raising funds to enable progress to be made.  Hopefully, this addition and contribution from our children will be well received, and will encourage visitors to this historical and beautiful space.  The children and their families will be able to visit the gardens with a sense of achievement and ownership.

“We would like to say a massive thank you to Elliot for all his work behind the scenes and giving our children a unique experience; to Liz at the Valley Gardens for supporting the children all day and a big thank you to the schools and children involved who supported the project through to completion.”

The mural can be found opposite the toilets in the Valley Garden car park.  

 

For further information on the Pontefract Education Trust project please visit: http://www.pontefracteducationtrust.org.uk/index.php/projects/urban-art-workshops/

For further information on Elliot’s work visit: https://www.facebook.com/UrbanArtLeeds/photos_stream

For further information on the Valley Gardens please visit: http://www.friendsfriarwoodvalleygardens.btck.co.uk/

March 2016

A date in April has been set for the painting of the mural...

WMDC have given the go-ahead for the last phase of the project.  

The Valley Gardens is now set to be the number one destination in Pontefract for outside exhibition space, albeit of the 2d variety, but nonetheless a place where children can visit and feel like they have made a difference and a contribution to updating these historical gardens.   

We will keep you up to date with the latest developments... watch this space!  

 

 

Pontefract Valley Gardens

One of our most exciting and visual projects to date is due to be unveiled April 2016.  See this ugly metal lock-up transformed by our amazing pupils and their mentor, Eliott Wigzell. 

February 2016

On Friday 26th January, The King's School Pontefract hosted a PET Urban Art Masterclass led by Leeds graffiti artist Elliot Wigzell. The day took the format of two workshops.

Pupils from The King’s School, Carleton High School,  St Joseph’s Pontefract, Holy Family & St Michael’s, Halfpenny Lane, Larkshill, DeLacy, Cobblers, Carleton Park, The Rookeries and Orchard Head worked together on the graffiti project to produce some inspirational design ideas for a potential mural in the Valley Gardens, Pontefract. 

During the autumn of 2015, the PET was approached by the Friends of the Friarwood Valley Gardens, (FFVG) to produce some graffiti artwork on a rusty, old, metal lockup in the Valley Gardens. This exciting project quickly evolved from a requirement based on an aesthetic improvement to the area to a project which engaged children with the local community and the opportunity to work in collaboration with a professional artist.

The FFVG are currently working hard to progress this community- led project with the PET schools and hope to welcome Elliot and the children back to the Gardens in April to complete the final mural painting.

Louise Limbert from the PET said, “In modern society Graffiti art or Urban Art is now more widely accepted and breathing life and colour into rundown areas has become par for the course.   Soweto in South Africa has the most amazing example of cooling tower art and if nothing else, it demonstrates how art can transform a derelict space into something useful and beautiful.”

Colin White from FFVG said, “It is important for everyone to take ownership of community spaces and involvement from local school children will only help to ensure the enhancement of the gardens and the preservation of its heritage.  Hopefully, the children and their peers will feel a sense of achievement and ownership each time they visit here”.

All the pupils involved in the day enjoyed the experience of working together and learning a new skill.

For further information on Elliot’s work visit:

https://www.facebook.com/UrbanArtLeeds/photos_stream

 

Spray cans at the ready...

January 2016

An exciting opportunity for some of Pontefract's budding artists.

During the autumn of 2015, the PET was approached by the Friends of the Friarwood Valley Gardens, (FFVG) to produce some graffiti artwork on a rusty, old, metal lockup in the Valley Gardens. This exciting project quickly evolved from a requirement based on aesthetic improvements to the local area to a project which engaged children with the local community and the opportunity to work in collaboration with a professional artist.

 

 

The need to invite Leeds-born artist, Elliot Wigzell to deliver the project, came about through an absence of local experience in teaching graffiti art.  As graffiti is so bespoke and let’s face it, a little bit of a hazardous medium, not to mention its ‘anti-social’ perception with the old fashioned stigma of ‘vandalism’ attached to it; it’s no wonder it’s not on the curriculum! 

The thing is, in modern society Graffiti art, or Urban Art is now more widely accepted and breathing life and colour into rundown areas has become par for the course.   Whilst travelling through France last year, I was distracted by the beauty and the ingenuity of a painted cooling tower and having looked into this, they certainly weren’t the first.  Soweto in South Africa has the most amazing example of cooling tower art and if nothing else, it demonstrates how art can transform an area from potential demolition and demise to an area with renewed vigour and social use.

Our children will work with Elliot, to exhibit the history of the valley gardens in graffiti.  They will design work for Elliot to base his mural around and may even have the opportunity to work on-site with the paint for the final product. 

To view Elliot’s work click here.

 

 

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