60s pop art mural unveiled at Filton Library
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The artwork is featured in the library’s young adult area and will count towards the students GCSE coursework. It was unveiled on Monday 15 April by Cllr Ian Boulton, Vice Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, at a special preview event for students, families and library users.
The Year 10 students worked alongside arts educator Kate Parsons to explore graphic design and visual communication to capture what the library means to them and share this with visitors to the library.
Together they have produced a stunning mural which draws on 1960s pop art and contemporary references. Kate used influences from the students work to create a piece that encapsulates all of their ideas in a vibrant and colourful artwork. Explosions and flowing ribbons were common themes among the young people’s work, reflecting both the thrill of discovering something new at the library and the chance to immerse yourself in the resources on offer.
The students hope that the artwork will be enjoyed by all who visit the library and encourage other young people to use the young adult area.
Ian Boulton, Vice Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “This fantastic creative assignment enabled young people to engage with a professional designer and their local library to produce this exciting artwork. The finished mural will provide a bright and colourful display in the young adult area of the recently refurbished Filton Library for years to come.”
Judith Mee, Associate Headteacher at Abbeywood Community School, said: “I am very grateful to Filton Library for inviting Abbeywood Community School to showcase work by some of our talented artists. The project has given the students a wonderful opportunity to be involved in a community project that has forged a close link between the library and our school. The students have learnt so much from working with a professional artist.”
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