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Cultural Enrichment program gets underway at NCB Studio School with visual art challenge

Friday, 08 November 2013

Students at New Campus Basildon Studio School recently had the opportunity to work alongside a professional artist, creating a visual artwork which demonstrated how contemporary communities can work together to overcome challenges.

Final Me And My Community

Students at the school, who are aged between 14 and 19, completed the challenge on Monday 28 October 2013 as part of the school’s programme of Enrichment activity -  which aims to develop students’ broader life skills, creative thinking and cultural awareness.

Professional artist Lisa Temple-Cox worked with the school to devise and deliver a one day activity which explored the themes of identify, aspirations and community through visual art, with a strong focus on how young people contribute to the community and the challenges they face.

The finished artwork aimed to present a vision of how a community can work together to overcome life’s challenges and that everyone has something to offer.

Senior Personal Coach at New Campus Basildon Studio School, Owen Gillham, said: “The aim of the day was to illustrate a sense of how energy, motivation and determination can combat life’s hurdles if we work together as a community, recognising our shared values and understand that everyone can contribute to society.

“We’re really thrilled with the work Lisa undertook with our students. It was an inspiration to see young people coming into school during their half-term break and thoroughly enjoying the activities.”

Year 10 student Karina Askew said: “The community art activity helped us to get to know each other better. We were able to share ideas, worries and concerns, but then also focus on how we can work together in life to achieve something positive.”

Lisa Temple-Cox is an artist based at Cuckoo Farm Studios in Colchester. She specialises in public arts practice at institutions including schools, hospitals and libraries.

All students at NCB Studio School complete the equivalent of 20 days of Enrichment Activities throughout the academic year.

Other Enrichment Activities during the October half-term week included trips to Anglia Ruskin University and the Barbican Centre.

NCB Studio School, located at Church Walk House, Great Oaks, Basildon, welcomed the first students through its doors in September 2013.

The school is a unique opportunity for 14-19 year olds of all abilities in Basildon and surrounding areas to gain key qualifications whilst gathering work experience, developing life skills and increasing their employability.

NCB Studio School’s next Information Event takes place at Church Walk House on Tuesday 12 November between 5pm and 7pm.

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