Students from Greenfield Community College and Shildon Youth Group ‘Teen Spirit’ have been working alongside local artists to create a visual legacy for passengers to enjoy on the platform at Shildon Railway station.
The project which is funded by BASH and is being developed by Greenfield Arts has not only provided a stunning collection of public art it has also provided a platform for young people to develop and voice their ideas through creative learning. The young people have been working with artists Nicola Golightly and Laura Degnan to shout about the many merits of the town and in particular, the significance of the railway, helped along by ‘Friends of Shildon Railway’.
Teacher Lauren Braithwaite along with Yr 9 art students from Sunnydale campus began the project with a brief to explore the past, present and future of Shildon and the students rose to the challenge showing creative flair and a real interest in the history of the town. Nicola has also been working with Lucy Mann and members of the Shildon Youth Group ‘Teen Spirit’ who have made a wonderful contribution to the project. Project Manager Nicola Golightly is thrilled with the progress they have all made, “it’s been great to work with the young people of Shildon and see their positivity and determination to have an active involvement in a piece of public art” said Nicola.
The voices and perceptions of the students can be seen within the artwork which has recently been part of an Exhibition at the Civic Hall and was launched at Shildon Railway this week. The vibrant artwork is a fantastic celebration of Shildon and a testament to all of those involved. The launch was celebrated by an unveiling of the artwork by the Mayor of Shildon, Cllr Trish Pemberton, and a fabulous site specific dance performance from Greenfield Community College students who have been working hard with dance teacher and choreographer Mrs Dixon to help celebrate the day. Sophie Lewis, Greenfield Arts and Community Centre Co-ordinator said “It was a brilliant way to celebrate the work of the young people and bring together the proud community of Shildon.”
If you would like to know more about the project or about the activities at Greenfield Arts please contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 or check out our website on www.greenfield-arts.co.uk