RotaKids/ Art in the Community
Children in all Primary Schools in the area including our RotaKids clubs worked on themes which conveyed pride in their local area, encouraged everyone to look after the environment and depict this in art form. That theme is “The Future is Bright".
We're Helping to Be Artful
"I am writing to let you know about an exciting project that the Billericay Primary Schools are involved in at the moment – a joint art exhibition in St Mary Magdalen Church from March 22 to April 23”. Said Maureen Lee, an organiser of the project for the Billericay Community Trust, “Can you help?”
We were delighted to do so. It echoes an art competition which we have previously run in Billericay for individual children.
The Future is Bright
In this 2019 project, children in all Primary Schools in the area are involved, amongst them our RotaKids clubs in the Quilters Federation and Buttsbury Junior School, but also, the school councils of Brightside Primary, South Green Juniors and Infants, Sunnymede Juniors and Infants, and Downham, Stock and St Peters Primary Schools.
The RotaKids, who are also the School Council in their schools, worked with school councils of the other schools to develop a theme which would convey pride in their local area, encourage everyone to look after the environment and depict this in art form. That theme is “The future is bright”.
The Community Trust also organised a local artist to work with each school on this community collaborative project. About 200-250 children in all of these schools worked on a project within each school, and the results are on display in St Mary Magdalen church in Billericay High Street.
The RotaKids worked together to brainstorm before finalising their ideas and working together to create the art work. The Quilters Exhibit was “A Year in Quilters”, an exploration of the school through the seasons, with children from each age group working in teams of seven or eight to focus on a separate season. A poem and line drawing were the heart of their exhibit.
The Buttsbury Exhibit was titled Playing in the Playground, a joint work showing children at play with an accompanying poem of the same title.
At the preview, Kayleigh Suters and Maureen Lee made speeches of introduction to a packed hall, full of guests, children and proud parents, and then everybody had the opportunity to look at the exhibits and appreciate all the hard work the children had done.
Quilters School RotaKids were also responsible for running the preview, approaching visitors to encourage them to buy artists’ postcards of the works, meet and greet, and hospitality. They also filmed it for QTV, the school’s in-house TV channel.
A donation very well spent!