Commissioned artist Jenni Whitehead led a workshop with Year 5 and 6 pupils from Humberstone Junior School to create ‘mascots’ for Leicester reflecting the Olympic values. The pupils then went on to develop a mural using vinyl on the gallery windows. This was to support and encourage the Torch bearers passing by Leicester and also to the Team GB athletes. The themes and values explored by the pupils during the workshop were respect, determination, equality, excellence, inspiration, friendship and courage. This art work was then curated into an exhibition that was held in the gallery over the Torch Celeberations.
The exhibition was the Window Curators’ most successful yet with over 160 visits to the gallery over just 6 days This makes an average of 27 visitors a day!
It was great to hear that the majority of visitors were either just passing by or had heard about the exhibition through the grapevine. We are pleased to know that new people are still learning about our gallery and that people are talking about it too.
If that wasn't enough to keep us smiling through this very rainy summer we are having we recieved some very positive comments too.
'Great use of space and lovely ideas for the mascots.'
'Lovely, positive and colourful. New talent - new work!'
'Nice to be able to pop in'
The Window Curators next event will be happening late this year and we look forward to see what it brings.
You can keep up to date on Twitter at @pedestrian1998 and @WindowCurators Where you will see an array of photographs of the workshop day and the exhibition, as well as the public input to the Olympic Values (There are some very intriguing ones)
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