Beyond, our exhibition showcasing artwork created by young people with and without disabilities during our creative:connection programme, is on display at KPMG’s headquarters at Canary Wharf until the end of the year. We are delighted that more than 60 young people and their teachers from six schools and our Patron, one handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy, attended a Private View of the exhibition on 3 December, International Day of Persons with Disabilities. One told us it was “incredible”. Take a look at the young people’s artwork below, including photographs, portraits, sculptures, collages and a mural. Enjoy!
This vibrant three-part mural on the theme My Dragon Lost Its Fire – can you find it? – is a reprint of pieces created by students from three special schools paired with three comprehensive secondary schools in Essex. The originals take pride of place at the special schools and a reproduction hangs at intu Lakeside, injecting vibrancy into the students’ community.
Behind the mural stands a photo-collage produced by students from Beacon Hill Academy with The Ockendon Academy exploring the theme Our World.
These bold, expressive portraits were taken by young people with autism from Walnuts College in Milton Keynes. Exploring the theme, Me, Myself, I, the students experimented with torches, coloured cellophane and slow shutter speeds to illuminate their individual personalities.
This selection of photographs was taken by young people from Hatch End High School with Shaftesbury High School in Harrow. The images communicate what the students’ community means to them.
Placed upon plinths, this “bird hotel” and bird and insect cut-outs were created by young people with and without disabilities from Milton Keynes Academy and White Spire School. They will be used to inspire a series of sculptures to decorate Milton Keynes’ redway system.
Standing proudly alongside the bird hotel is a cityscape built by young Bangladeshi artists with special educational needs who attend the Surjamuki Project at St Hilda’s East Community Centre in Tower Hamlets.
These sculptures, created by students at Bradfields Academy in Kent, were inspired by the work of artist Antony Gormley. The statues represent Friendship, Education & Respect.
creative:connection has been supported by: The Eranda Foundation, Intu Properties plc, John Lyon’s Charity, MK Community Foundation, The Queen’s Trust.