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Living Without Prejudice Book At The Scottish Parliament

The book ‘Living Without Prejudice‘ or ‘A Life Without Prejudice‘ will be featured as part of the exhibition ‘Developing Global Citizenship‘ in Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) over the next few days (21st-24th June 2011).

I was given an invite, though unfortunately I was not able to make the preview. I hope that those who were able to make it, enjoyed it. We can only hope that some of our established ministers had a chance to see what was being created in the schools around them. I for one, am very proud of the work created by the Lochgilphead pupils who I had the chance to work with. Above is the short film that was created by the pupils with images from the book (unfortunately this short film will not be displayed in the exhibition).

You can read more about the event on the Learning, Teaching Scotland blog.

SLF 2010

I attended the Scottish Learning Festival 2010 a few weeks ago to see the Lochgilphead ‘Living Without Prejudice’ book and video on display. There was an amazing range of artwork on display from lots of schools in the Argyll & Bute Council area and the work was very inspirational.

While there, I also had the chance to check out the new Art Bus that will soon be touring around schools showing off it’s new collection of amalgamated sculpture, wall art and writing. It really was an interesting space to spend time in, much better than previous years.

Details and contact info on the project ‘Impossible Nation’ travelling Art Bus project, can be found here: http://www.travellinggallery.com/

Living Without Prejudice

I have finally finished the book I made with pupils from Lochgilphead Joint Campus. It’s full of wonderful digital imagery and quotes from the S3 pupils. It’ll be on show at the Scottish Learning Festival 2010 accompanied by short films of the images and text. I am very excited about it.

Creating Beauty From Ugliness

This week’s ‘Artwork of the Week’ comes from Rachel M (S3) from the Lochgilphead Joint Campus. Rachel is working on a project for the Scottish Learning Festival. The project centres around issues of prejudice and understanding, there were a lot of great pieces produced, though they are currently either unfinished or just short of the ‘Rachel standard’, so Rachel has sneaked in to claim it with her beautiful drawings, so simple and filled with character and emotion.

She and the rest of her class had to create a digital work using Photoshop within two days, which is no easy feat, especially when you’ve never used Photoshop before. I was so impressed by Rachel and the rest of her classmates’ progression with the software, they merged photography with drawings and paintings with ease.

Anyway, back to this week’s star… Rachel’s piece reminds me of the work of Chester Brown or Jeffrey Brown. It holds so much drama and tension within a single frame. She initially had her characters on a pale background with light bubbles, though I think the added corridor and black bubbles is a great change. The line work around the faces expresses so much, you don’t really need to see the text. Well done Rachel.


The above video is the final edit for Notre Dame High School’s entry into the Young Brits at Art competition. The film is based on the competition’s theme ‘a world without prejudice’. The film has had to go through several edits to make it suitable for myself, the school and the competition, though I’m really happy with how it’s turned out. The most exciting thing for me is the music created by Rosie B and Rachel W who actually win my ‘Artwork of the week’ this week. Their improvised score really is a work of art. It suits the feeling and mood of the short film and fits into the intro and credits perfectly.

Inner Flora

A bit of a strange artwork this week. ‘Lost in time’ a piece by Flora S (S3, Breadalbane) is a relief piece that has been created for the Young Brits at Art competition. The relief was then photographed from two angles and made into a 3D image.

Flora plays with our perceptions of time and reality. She questions what our ideas of prejudice are by actually questioning what we’re told what prejudice is. Do we know when it happens because we instinctively know what it is, or do we see it because we are told that that’s what it is?

She has taken an awkward route, to actually confront the idea of the theme itself, though I was really interested in her idea, her contrary outlook and her final creation.

One of the key elements of the judging for the competition is ‘to have a thought provoking’ piece, and Flora’s piece has definitely made me think.

(The image below can be viewed with 3D Red & Blue Anaglyph Glasses).

Caldervale Young Brits At Art Entries 2010

Below is a sneak peek at the work created during the Caldervale High School Young Brits at Art Workshop that I ran at the start of February. It allowed S5 & S6 pupils to record audio and create transitional paintings that were then made into little short films. The theme was a ‘world without prejudice’. I wish them the best of luck in the competition.