From February – March 2020 Edinburgh Art Festival and artist Sally Price worked with Wester Hailes Education Centre (WHEC) S3 year group and Sighthill Primary P5, utilising unwanted everyday, disused materials to create new abstract sculptures. Due to the coronavirus outbreak the last few week’s of the project had to change leading Edinburgh Art Festival to create their new community engagement blog, showcasing their year-round work with communities and schools in the Wester Hailes area.
The blog’s dedicated WHEC S3 Online Exhibition records the students’ process and celebrates their fantastic sculptural outcomes. Through the process leading to their assemblages they explored how art is made and what art can be, prompting questions about waste impact on our planet, creative resourcefulness and how humans can adapt to help.
On the blog you can also see a sneak peak of what Sighthill Primary P5 class have been up to in their weekly workshops, gearing up to their school-wide mini-sculpture making afternoon, the outcomes of which will be shown alongside the class’s work at WHALEArts in the exhibition ‘Build a Mini Eco World’ in the coming months.
As well as this Sally has included a Keep Creating at Home Activity, using items you can find around your home to make sculptures.
The project is in partnership with WHALEArts and Arts and Creative Learning – City of Edinburgh Council. Supported by the PLACE Programme: Platforms for Creative Excellence; a partnership between Edinburgh Festivals, Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland.