How do you teach young people about collective power? A recent arts project involving three schools in Tottenham aimed to do just that. Marcus Stanton reveals how.
The UNITS OF POWER arts project aimed to teach children about the collective power of a community or group of people to bring about change.
It was a collaboration between Children & the Arts, the Saatchi Gallery and artist Jack Brown and involved three schools in Tottenham, London: Northumberland Park Community School, St Paul’s and All Hallows Junior School and Risley Avenue Primary School.
During the project pupils’ learned that whilst individually they can make a difference to the world around them, when working together they can affect change on a much larger scale.
These ideas were made concrete through collaborating on the design and development of sculptures. The pupils visited the Saatchi Gallery and the Olympic Park Sculpture Trail and then took their inspiration back to the classroom, where they experimented and created their own collaborative sculptures. These were then installed and exhibited in their school grounds.
Marcus Stanton is Press & PR Adviser for Children & the Arts.