Commonwealth Connections: Netherton Anchor Sculptures
Commonwealth Connections is a joint project from the British Council and the Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
60 schools across the West Midlands were twinned with 60 schools in 10 Commonwealth countries, meeting online to begin a collaborative journey of discovery and co-creation.
The Arts element is led by Birmingham Arts School. Wolverhampton based company REAL ARTS WORKSHOPS LTD was commissioned to work with young people in Northfield Road Primary School and Thorns Collegiate Academy.
We worked with the children on many practical aspects of creative arts, linked to the NETHERTON ANCHOR which was made in the area and used on the fateful maiden voyage of the TITANIC.
The young people were encouraged to consider issues of marine pollution and recycling and we hope the final anchor sculpture will have a purpose as a recycling centre in school as well being a piece of fabulous art, designed by the children.
Northfield Road Primary School
We worked with pupils from different year groups who have in interest in being a part of the project on various creative activities based around the Netherton Anchor. The sessions led uptown to creating a 6ft tall cardboard anchor, decorated with their work which also doubles as a recycling centre.
A few photos are shown below and you can see more on the 'current projects' page.
Watch a slide show here:
Thorns Collegiate Academy
We worked with art ambassadors at the school, with fantastic support from Mrs Sutton head of art.
Here's what the students said:
During the summer term, Thorns Collegiate Academy partnered with Real Arts Workshops Ltd to create a large, cardboard sculpture inspired by the Netherton anchor that was used on the Titanic.
Watch a slide show here:
Our latest newsletter is out. Highlights include the British Art Show 9 exhibition by attendees on the Alex Vann / RAW sessions.
Also, the start of our #CommonwealthConnections project sponsored by British Council and administered by Birmingham Arts School. Watch this space for developments in the 2 schools we are working: Northfield Road Primary and Thorns Collegiate Academy. And Easter HAF activity in Wolverhampton.
And...if you are reading this before 15th May - you can get involved in our song project for Mossley Jubilee Day of Culture. We're writing a brand new song on the theme of 'Cultural Togetherness' and have put a call out for lyrics for the verses. Get in touch with your ideas!
Alex Vann is an all round creative. He formed RAW in 1997 out of a University project and restarted it in 2018 after working as a graphic designer for agencies and in-house for many years.