In April 2015, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, as part of its 4Site Secondary School programme, began a 10 week project with a group of Year 10 pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Swansea.
Working with artist and sculptor Ami Marsden the pupils undertook a Sculptural Assemblage Project. The project began with an introduction to assemblage, (a form of sculpture comprised of arranging “found” objects to create an artwork) and culminated in each pupil creating a bespoke piece of work. Inspired by their own research and the work of assemblage artists, the pupil’s work included sculpted and drawn artworks, 3D free standing pieces, found and upcycled work and even some mechanical and moving pieces. The pupils worked with a range of collected materials, exploring how they could best transcribe them in the most creative ways, and experimenting with composition and the arrangement of the materials. Some pupils found being restricted to particular materials, rather than being free to choose their materials a challenge however, this was overcome with help and support. Artist Ami Marsden said, ‘The students surprised me with very mature, forward thinking, and political viewpoints on how to approach their chosen theme. Many demonstrated great practical skills and vision.’
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery launched a dedicated 4Site Secondary School programme back in January 2014. The aim of the programme is to provide pupils and teachers with an informal and exciting introduction to our city art gallery through the contemporary and historical exhibitions, the Gallery collection, and sharing the history of the Gallery and its founder, Richard Glynn Vivian.
The programme is delivered by professional contemporary practitioners from all disciplines including painting, music, drama and sculpture. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery’s 4Site Secondary School programme has evolved and we now work closely with selected comprehensive schools on specific projects.
The pupils at Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Swansea, like other school groups, had a term to complete a project of their choice with an artist. The Gallery works in partnership and consultation with the teachers and students to provide high quality outcomes for all who participate.
Prior to the Gallery’s re-opening we are looking to evolve and further develop our Secondary Schools programme, therefore if you have an idea for a project please feel free to contact us for a discussion.