Issue date: 22 June 2007
Special opening of 'Legacy' exhibition Tuesday 26 June at 14:00, Knowle Park Junior School
Students from the University of the West of England Outreach Centre have been working with 65 Year Six (Y6) pupils at Knowle Park Junior School in Bristol to create a visual legacy for the next Y6 pupils to enjoy and be inspired by.
The resulting work, a digital photography exhibition of portraits taken by and featuring the children, will be launched at a special opening at the school on Tuesday 26 June at 14:00. The pupils, school staff, parents, Arnolfini staff and UWE students will all take part in celebrating this wonderful achievement.
Knowle Park Junior School approached the Outreach Centre at UWE to ask for help with a Y6 Legacy Project to combine with a revamp of one of the schools gyms.
Tana Stickler, UWE's Widening Participation Activities Coordinator helped to organise the project with a group of eight student ambassadors, she explained, “The school wanted the project to include every Y6 pupil by giving them an opportunity to leave some sort of visual legacy for future pupils to enjoy.
“Over the course of a week groups of Y6 pupils worked with eight UWE Student Ambassador and eight Year 1 Photography students to create a series of A3 digital portraits exploring the pupils' ambitions for the future. Pupils also visited Arnolfini to see some photography during the course of the project to help them develop their ideas and technique.
“The Photography students were involved in the planning and evaluation of the project and pulling the exhibition together and this experience will contribute to their professional practice module in year 2.”
Suzanne Beattie, Y6 teacher at Knowle Park Junior School, said, “This was a really positive experience for the children. They all had to dress up in a role depicting the job they hoped to do when they were older and then took photographs of each other in their chosen role around the school. It was a great opportunity for the children to use digital cameras and other resources that we just don't have access to. The UWE students were all brilliant and developed a great rapport with the Year 6 pupils. I think the experience helped channel the future ambitions of our children. All in all this project was an enriching experience for the entire year group.”