A selection of GCSE Art students have been working with local artist Mick Stephenson on an installation for our city’s famous light festival, Lumiere.
The artist has created a friendship tree structure, hung with recycled plastic bottles. Each bottle has been covered with a transparent film; decorated by a young person in our county and from across the wider world.
On Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th of November students accompanied visiting German students from Tubingen to the Artist’s studio to take part in a series of workshops. Over the two-day exchange GCSE Art Students from Parkside Academy and students from Geschwister Scholl Schule formed new friendships and collaborated on further artwork for the friendship tree structure. Students visited the friendship tree installation site where they were interviewed by local press and media and attended a series of lectures at county hall looking at the importance of single use plastic. Students finished the project by documenting images from the Lumiere festival and writing to other international schools about their experience and their work on the friendship tree.