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Paul Morrison education project and exhibition

05 Oct 2012

Yorkshire Artspace with Museums Sheffield, Chaucer School & Park Academy

Yorkshire Artspace worked with pupils from Chaucer School and Park Academy on an education project inspired by the exhibition ‘Auctorum’ – a solo exhibition by the Sheffield based artist Paul Morrison – on show at Museums Sheffield’s Millennium Galleries until 4th November.

In July and September this year, Year 10 pupils from both schools visited the exhibition at Millennium Galleries and were given an introduction to Paul’s work. He is best known for his large monochromatic botanical landscapes and this became the theme for the education workshops.

Yorkshire Artspace artists Charlie Hill and Emilie Taylor ran two workshops each with the schools. Charlie brought the pupils to LEAF community allotments in Parson Cross where they had a closer look at the vegetables, plants and flowers that grow there. Charlie then asked the kids to make drawings, using only black and white and different types of drawing materials and paper. These drawings are now laser etched onto mirror polished stainless steel, a service provided by the Sheffield Assay Office.

Teachers who accompanied the pupils said that some of their Year 10s had never been to a gallery or visited an allotment before. “I enjoyed the visit to LEAF community allotments because it made me look at plants and flowers in a different way” Chaucer School pupil Park Academy pupils with their drawings from LEAF community allotments Emilie accompanied the pupils to Yorkshire Artspace’s Manor Oaks Studios where they met some of the artists who work there and were then taken to the Discovery Centre and Turret House at Manor Lodge to learn about life during Tudor times from education officer Peter Machan.

They visited the Turret House where they were able to admire the wonderfully crafted decorative ceiling in the banqueting room, dating from 16thC and depicting a wealth of botanical imagery. Emilie followed the visit by running a clay tile making workshop at Millennium Galleries. The Park Academy pupils were also very lucky to meet with Paul Morrison and ask him all sorts of questions about his work and life as an artist. “I enjoyed meeting Paul Morrison and learning about what inspired him to be an artist” said one Park Academy pupil.

Paul studied and lives in Sheffield and has a studio at Yorkshire Artspace’s Persistence Works Studios. Last year, for the 10th anniversary of Persistence Works Studios, Paul created a limited edition artwork, laser etched on mirror polished stainless steel, that Yorkshire Artspace was able to sell in order to raise the funds to enable this education project to take place.

Other in-kind support was given by the Sheffield Assay Office who provided the laser-etching service, Aalco (steel) Nottingham who provided the mirror polished stainless steel and Museums Sheffield who offered the activity room and exhibition space for the artworks the pupils created. The clay tiles and stainless steel etchings will go on display in the Avenue of Millennium Galleries from 8th October for a period of two weeks.

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