Pupils from across the Minerva Learning Trust have been working with local artists to create a mural to illustrate the relationship that should exist between shopkeepers and customers in a Rights Respecting town.
“This was a great opportunity for our pupils across all our four schools – Bridport Primary, Burton Bradstock, St Mary’s and The Sir John Colfox Academy – to both express their views on how Bridport should move forward, and to work with established local artists to improve their skills and develop their creativity,” said Clive Bath, chair of the MLT Trust Board. “It is all part of our commitment to the Rights Respecting agenda and to the Expressive Arts. The opportunity for all our schools to work together on projects like this is invaluable and a key part of the benefits the Trust bring.”
Pupils from the primary schools worked with the Arts Ambassadors at the Sir John Colfox Academy and local artists Ricky Romain and Heather Fellows to produce a mural which will be displayed in the Bridport Arts Centre in September as part of the Bridport Charter Fair. It will be displayed alongside a logo that the artists will create that celebrates the relationship, and promotes respect, between shopkeepers and customers.
The Sir John Colfox Academy is already a Rights Respecting school working towards the Gold award.
“The pupils were keen to work with the Town Council to establish key principles,” said David Powell who works with the school on their Rights Respecting agenda. ”It is very important that the voices of our young people are heard as we talk about what we want our town to be as they are our future.”
The MLT is very grateful to the Bridport Charter Fair Committee who funded the project.
“This was a fantastic project,” said Louise Burgess, Head of Expressive Arts at the Sir John Colfox Academy. “The pupils worked collaboratively to create some absolutely stunning art work and we were all incredibly impressed by the standard of the work and their commitment.”