Griffin Arts Festivals 25 June – 6 July, 2018
‘Protest: Our voices in the world’.
This exciting theme was explored right across the Griffin Schools Trust this year, not only from an artistic approach, but also from the perspective of community and science at both our Founders Day and Science Symposium.
Any work of art, or creative act, is an act of protest: against the norm, against the ‘old ways’ and sometimes against what is quite blatantly wrong.
The winner of the Griffin Arts Festival ‘Protest’ mural competition was Katie Allen from 10PLW, and her successful mural has been immortalised in paint on a wall in the Activities building.
It took an amazing four hours for Katie to re-create her thoughtful design which encapsulates the rising problem of plastic pollution in society today.
We hope you will join us in congratulating Katie on a fabulous piece of work.
Back in May students were asked to create an original artwork which embodied this year’s theme. It was won by Stantonbury’s Year 13 BTEC extended diploma student, Pip Evans. His design was so interesting, and the team loved his bold print so much, they had it made into three separate colourways –
See the original artwork and and teal version here. More information is available on the Griffin arts Festival website
Meanwhile here in school we had a number of ‘protests’ from different year groups including women’s rights, male dance performances, and visiting performances from other schools in the Griffin Trust family.
Year 12 art students also benefited from working with an artist in residence on parades and interventions, allowing them to develop ideas to transform the courtyard space and other areas around the school for ‘protest’.
Our senior students were also part of a residential visit to help the younger students taking part in GAF week and perform in the gala evening at Willow Brook School, London.
Finally we offered free tickets to staff, students and their families to see three inspiring events: Woke, performed by the astonishing Apphia Campbell, on the African American experience; an evening with Gary Younge, acclaimed Guardian columnist and author, who spoke about his book Another Day in the Death of America: Guns, Kids, Race and Crime; and the wonderful outdoor experience of Twelfth Night from the pedal-powered environmentally friendly, The HandleBards.