Since 2010, local schools have had the opportunity to take part in the Centrepiece project where students have had unique access to sculptures from The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art and used them as inspiration for their own art work.

Each year The Lightbox selects schools to take part in the project though an application process which is announced in September annually. The Arts Society Mayford kindly supports Centrepiece.

For Centrepiece 2019, 8 schools have been invited to create original works of art inspired by ‘Bird’, a sculpture by Dame Elisabeth Frink from the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art. Schools will be asked to bring one group of students to The Lightbox where they will be able to explore the gallery and see the sculpture ‘Bird’ in detail.  They will then have a creative session in which they will be able to experiment with ideas inspired by the sculpture and make something to take back to school with them.

Schools will then have until June 2019 to create their own original art work. ‘Bird’ is sure to inspire a wide range of work which can be in any medium, from sculpture or painting to textiles or film and anything in between. The final pieces will be displayed alongside ‘Bird’ in The Art Fund Prize Gallery at The Lightbox, from Wednesday 17 July to Sunday 1 September 2019.

“Depictions of birds are a common theme in Dame Elisabeth Frink’s work. Her very early works of wounded birds gave way to strong and menacing animals. This bird, with its body pulled back like an archer’s bow, sits atop textured spindly legs which recall the work of Giacometti, cited as one of Frink’s great influences.”

“We’ve had such fun doing this!” 

Children from The Hermitage School

Being involved in the Centrepiece project will provide endless enrichment opportunities for art and design, creative storytelling and literacy, use of materials, investigative skills, myths and legends and many other cross-curricular approaches.

For more details and an application form, please email education@thelightbox.org.uk or phone 01483 737815. 

Applications have now closed for 2019. Please check back next year for another chance.

Image: Centrepiece Project 2014 with West Byfleet School


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