Art, Fundraising And The Year Six Legacy

Children at Southfield Primary School recall their memories with mosaic

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It has been a tradition at Southfield Primary School that the Year 6 cohort leave a legacy of their time at the school. This year Carrie Reichardt led the art project. Carrie is a leader in the field of contemporary mosaics, she is currently has the star exhibit at the 'Disobedient Objects' exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum and is a Southfield parent who has donated her time and her art work to the school in previous years.

Last year she also won the prestigious 'Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship' - to advance the craft of community mosaic in the UK.

Carrie Reichardt said, "This will be my 4th mosaic at Southfield, having had all 3 of my children attend the school. It’s always a joy and privilege to be able to contribute something back and I hope to add a few more mosaics before my youngest leaves the school."

Miss Bal, the Deputy Headteacher, described the legacy process as a “thoroughly creative and original experience – the children were immersed in the artistic process and really reflected on their time in Southfield”.

The Year 6 children paid for the ceramic materials through fundraising whilst Carrie Reichardt generously donated her time to the school. There were a number of art workshops where the child drew and painted their memories of their time at Southfield onto paper which was then turned into a ceramic transfer and fired onto a tile. These printed tiles were then cut up and used to form the background mosaic that represented the children’s memories.

The overall design was one that the children decided best encapsulated their experience of their time at Southfields School. The results are both beautiful and contemporary and a cherished addition to the schools’ collection of mosaics.

Mr Prebble, the Headteacher, expressed his delight with the artwork saying; “It’s great to have original mosaics around the school and especially exciting for the children to have the opportunity to work with a renowned local artist”

November 15, 2014

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