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09/05/2021   The Priory School Art Project – Celebrating the Inclusion of SEND

April 2021 marked 50 years since children and young people with severe and profound learning disabilities came within the education system in England and Wales. (The Act of 1970 became active in 1971). As part of this celebration the Mighty Creatives have launched a project to encourage children and young people to access work with or by professional artists/creative practitioners to deliver new creative educational opportunities.

To acknowledge and celebrate this significant landmark the Priory School will be working with local artist Fiona Gurney to create a large mosaic which will be displayed at the front of the school. We hope that the final piece of art will…

  • Celebrate diversity and inclusion. Share a message of acceptance, no matter an individual’s special educational needs and/or disability.
  • Capture how we have worked hard together during the pandemic to keep in touch and as an emblem of our determination to get through these tough times together.  It will become a celebration of the perseverance and love shared, the longevity of our school’s existence and it’s aims for continued success in the future.

This project opportunity will offer a chance for our whole school community to be involved in a unifying experience across all age groups. It is envisaged that every individual in the school community (pupils, teachers, support staff, office, catering and grounds staff) will be invited to provide design ideas for the mosaic mural and then be given an opportunity to participate in the practical assembling of the piece.  Pupils who want to contribute even more will work in small groups alongside Fiona Gurney across 2 - 3 full days when Fiona will become ‘artist is residence’.  During this time these pupils will learn new skills related to design, colour and tile cutting from Fiona. The launch and the final celebration day when the installation is unveiled will be a local community event.

To ensure we can do this project justice we are kindly seeking the support from within the local community in the form of a donation. Your donations would be used to provide the guidance and input we need from local mosaic artist Fiona Gurney and to cover the cost of the materials. Any donation, no matter how large or small, would be greatly accepted.

If you are able to donate please contact the main reception on 01775 724080. We look forward to keeping you up to date with the project’s progress.