A Grantham school has celebrated a significant year with a project which has seen three wall hangings unveiled in its hall.
The three textile panels, each about eight feet high, now adorn one wall of the school hall celebrating 2012, the year in which the school’s significant new building work was completed. The panels represent the school, the year 2012 and what the children value about their school.
Headteacher Mark Anderson said: “We were looking for a legacy project because of our new build. The hall is quite big and echoey and it was a good blank canvas. 2012 was a significant year for us and we wanted some kind of record.”
Local textile artist Sue Rowland was asked to do the artwork. Sue said: “The project began with an idea to create an amazing group of wall hangings to celebrate the school and to provide a vibrant creative legacy to brighten up the school hall. The children developed some research drawings over the summer holidays. The theme for these was the Olympics, the Golden Jubilee and activities and values that are special to Huntingtower School.
“These were followed by a whole school input into further drawings for additional themes such as children in uniform and the animal class symbols. I then selected from these the ones to use for the textile work. During a three day residential art workshop I worked with 60 gifted and talented students teaching them silk painting, fabric painting, weaving and yarn techniques to create wonderful pieces for the wallhanging. A twilight session for parents, staff and carers gave the adults a chance to see the work and to add their input to the textile pieces - sewing on beads and hand quilting.
“All the pieces were then taken back to my studio for the long task of machine and hand sewing the huge panels. Once completed the children’s fantastic work was displayed in the hall (with the help of a scaffolding tower) for the children to see in the New Year and the school to enjoy for years to come.”
The project was financed by the PTFA.