Saturday, 23 September 2017

Students’ colourful ‘wall’ goes on show at festival

THIS piece of urban art will be on display at the Henley Festival next week.

THIS piece of urban art will be on display at the Henley Festival next week.

The colourful canvas, which is 20ft by 3ft and spells out “Escape the Edge”, was spray-painted by pupils at Chiltern Edge School and Bishopswood School in Sonning Common.

It is one of four created specially for the festival as part of a project called The Wall. They were unveiled last week at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where patients also created one.

The 20 Sonning Common pupils were guided by urban artists from the London West Bank Gallery at a series of workshops. They learned spray-painting techniques and were then given a blank canvas — their “wall”, The children were asked to brainstorm ideas of what is important to them and they came up with “Escape the Edge” — a jokey reference to the fact that students require qualifications to leave school for better things.

The other two “walls” have been produced by colleges in Reading and Aylesbury and all four will feature together at the festival alongside original works by Banksy.

Stewart Collins, artistic director of the festival, said: “I’m so glad we’ve got ourselves in a project like this. It has been hugely rewarding and eye-opening watching the artists working with their various groups. So many positive messages have been coming out.”

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