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one of the self-portraits created in the second session

see the full set here


Me and my town was a 6 week visual art residency led by Pip Lewis, a local artist. Pip worked with 50 year 6 pupils from Neyland Community School during October and November 2008.

The residency provided opportunities for pupils to creatively explore their perceptions of who they are and where they come from, the town that they live in and their relationships with the wider world.

It culminated in the design and production of a series of painted mural panels that were exhibited in Neyland Town Library from 21 November through to 19 December 2008. The panels will also form part of a touring exhibition to Waterford in Spring 2009.

Pip worked with the children to explore drawing and painting techniques, drawing inspiration from the work of leading Fauve artists, Henri Matisse, Andre Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck who exhibited their work in the early years of the twentieth century.

Each week pupils explored different techniques, producing brightly coloured paintings, of themselves, their town and the wider world examples of which were then selected for inclusion on the finished panels.

Pupils also had the opportunity to meet and work with musicians and a filmmaker involved in other linked community arts projects, as well as visiting the historical exhibition at the library and hearing stories from one of the older residents of the community of Neyland.

In addition to the six finished four foot square canvases that made up the exhibition, the pupils produced:

  • an amazing set of self-portraits in the fauve style. See the results here

  • a colourful vision of the town made up of 50 favourite views. See them here

  • paintings representing their views of the wider world. See the pictures here

The large-scale canvases will eventually take pride of place in the town's new school which is scheduled to be built in the next few years.




Year 6 pupils mapping the town in the first session of their visual art project