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Cornerstone students from Pembrokeshire College recently worked alongside well-known local artists to create a magical and uplifting installation for the Riverside.
Students worked with art tutor Heidi Baker, artist Dawny Tootes, and learning support assistants Sheila Collins, Carolyn Eade and Sarah Lewis, to create the installation over a series of six art lessons. Early in the project, students discovered that paisley pattern – known in Wales as Gellygen Gymraeg or 'Welsh Pears' – has a long tradition in Welsh costumes dating back to the 1800s and decide to name their installation after this. Exploring a variety of art techniques including pastels, monoprints, collage, paint and mod-roc sculpting, students enjoyed creating a joyful riot of pattern, colour and form.
The installation was part of popupwest – a visual arts project showcasing the work of young artists aged between 16 and 25 making use of empty shops in Haverfordwest town centre.
The popupwest project provided the students with £100 for materials and one day of an artist mentor's time. The students were very lucky to work with well-known Welsh artist Dawny Tootes who gave very generously her time, experience and enthusiasm to see the project to its fruition. Dawny created new pieces of molten aluminium sculpture in response to the students' work, which was on show as part of the installation. Heidi commented: "It was very moving to see that Dawny had been just as inspired by working with us, as we had with her." She continued: "Dawny has been amazing. To me she sums up exactly why we need artists and art in this world of ours. She has helped us to see and experience things in a very special way and showed us that art is not about money, it's about the people, the place, and life and love."
Altogether, six individuals and groups of young people worked with artist mentors to create art installations for display in two empty shops in Haverfordwest during February and March 2013.
The project blog www.popupwest.org.uk documents the project, shows photographs of the work in progress, the finished installations and opportunities that arise from the project.
The project is part of a wider participative visual art initiative ‘takingpartwest’ – an innovative and exciting three-year visual arts project in Haverfordwest – developed by ‘spacetocreate’ community arts. It has been supported by the Arts Council of Wales and the Milford Haven Port Authority. For more information about the initiative, visit www.takingpartwest.org.uk