The Nottingham Contemporary Partnership Project 2018-2019

Year 4 began their START  project in conjunction with  the Nottingham Contemporary with an inspirational visit to the ‘Still I Rise’ exhibition.

The Gallery exhibition, ‘Still I Rise’ and  is a major group exhibition exploring  the role women have played in the history of resistance movements and the creation of alternative forms of living  space. Milford pupils began to open their thinking on gender roles and challenging gender stereotypes.

The exhibition displayed art in many forms including: drawing, painting, photographs, poetry, sculpture, writing and dance! Milford pupils were fascinated by the wide variety of art in the exhibition.

During the visit, Milford pupils and their wonderful parents explored ideas through practical work.

Pupils and parents explored dance movements based on Blondell Cummings ‘Chicken Soup’ dance video.

They displayed wonderful teamwork skills while creating sculptures made from tights inspired by Senga Nengudi’s work

Story telling ideas were explored through   Xenobia Bailey’s Mothership 1 and Jeneen Frij Njoolil objects.  Story telling ideas were developed further around the Oracle Stones.

Pupils and parents expressed themselves freely while responding to Guo Fengyi’s  free drawings.

he gallery visit gave everyone a fantastic opportunity to view a wide range of art forms as well as try sculpture, dance, story-telling and free drawing!

A huge thank you to all pupils, parents and staff that participated enthusiastically within all activities!

School workshops with artists associated with the START project

Following the Gallery visit, there were two workshops in school with project artists. Within these wonderful workshops pupils followed up ideas, themes and art forms explored in the ‘Still I Rise’ exhibition.

Activities included free drawing activities, portrait sketching with rules and limits, such as not taking your pencil from the page and not looking at your work! Another interesting challenge was to draw figures  while your pencil was attached to  enormous bamboo stick!

Using the Blondell Cummings dance video viewed at the gallery, pupils  created their own dance moves  based on  everyday chores!

Finally, pupils used their bamboo figure sketches and dance moves to create wire sculptures.

Pupil Exhibition at the Nottingham Contemporary

The project ended  with an amazing  exhibition of the children’s work at the Nottingham Contemporary Gallery. Pupils exhibited a wide range of art forms including 3D wire sculptures, free drawings, portraits and a dance performance shown on screen.

Everyone felt very proud of their achievements  and confidence has grown in our Art skills. It has also  given pupils an opportunity to work with professional artists, project managers, curators, gallery assistants and technicians. What an inspiring experience!

Year 4 pupils also got the opportunity to view the new exhibition by Daniel Steegmann Mangrane linking with their rain forest work.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this wonderful project including pupils, staff, parents, associate artists and staff at the Nottingham Contemporary.

Mrs Haslam