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Thurrock schools collaborate on ground-breaking art installation

FROM 14 September to 19 October, award-winning charity Create is bringing together students from SEN and mainstream schools in Essex to collaboratively produce artwork that will be exhibited in a month-long show at KPMG’s skyscraper in Canary Wharf, London. The show is Create’s end-of-year exhibition and this year will focus on showcasing artwork created by disabled children, young people and adults.

In the first phase of the project, students from Beacon Hill Academy and Ockendon Academy will work with Create’s professional photographer Tracey Fahy and sculptor Maru Rojas to produce a large-scale photo-collage. The young people will explore the theme “Our World” to identify similarities and initiate a shared understanding within the group.

In the second phase of the project, students from Little Heath School and Oaks Park High School will collaborate in film workshops. Guided by Create’s professional filmmaker Aoife Twomey, young people with and without disabilities will direct and star in their own short films, and discover the intricacies of camerawork, acting, animation and digital editing.

Young disabled people are more likely to experience bullying and research has shown that 67% of the British public feel uncomfortable talking to disabled people. Create’s programme creative:connection allows young people with and without disabilities, who may never meet under ordinary circumstances, to collaborate on arts projects, giving them the opportunity to break down any misconceptions that can keep them apart. Create uses the creative arts to promote community cohesion and inspire the spirit of inclusivity in the next generation.

Create’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Nicky Goulder, commented, “Collaborating on arts projects is a fantastic way of stimulating conversation and friendship, and can help young people to become more empathetic and understanding. The end-of-year exhibition will give them a huge sense of achievement and demonstrate how the creative arts can bring people closer together.”

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