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The Carnegie Arts Centre is soon to host a stunning exhibition of children’s work from many of the local schools in and around Workington. The fantastic light installation, made up of 650 glass bottles will be exhibited by Theatre by the Lake’s Community team on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 August between 11am and 3pm.
The exhibition will showcase work created by 650 local schoolchildren as part of the Level Up project, the biggest educational project that Theatre by the Lake has undertaken in its 11 year history. Working with 14 schools across Workington, young people from Year 6 and Year 7 have been brought together to celebrate the journey that takes place from primary school to secondary school.
During the year-long project, the 650 children have enjoyed two theatre performances, several interactive workshops and also attended a Celebration Day at one of the local secondary schools.
The light installation, available to view at The Carnegie, celebrates each individual’s journey from primary to secondary school. With the support of Theatre by the Lake’s community practitioners, Year 6 and Year 7 teachers at the participating schools have led each pupil through a process to create a symbol that represents who they are and where they see themselves going. The symbols have then been painted onto the bottles and collated to form a stunning visual spectacle. Laid out in an intricate maze the bottles are set up in a darkened room and lit from below. Each of the 650 bottles represent a young person from Workington and their journey through life so far. The installation will also feature artwork, poetry and creative writing about journeys and feelings towards secondary school. Members of the public can view the exhibition between 11am and 3pm.
Daniel Serridge, Level Up Programme Leader and Theatre Practitioner – Education said: “This project has been about encouraging communities to attend their local arts centres. So far, the activity has been concentrated in Theatre by the Lake and on site at the schools but we are keen for people to come down to The Carnegie and show their support for the project and the young people who have taken part. By having the exhibition in the Carnegie we hope that this is the first of many opportunities for us to help create a welcoming environment that will offer local people a chance to engage and interact with their local arts centre.”
“This exhibition represents an offering from all the Year 6s and most of the Year 7s in Workington to the people of the town and demonstrates the art that can be produced by young people. If your child has taken part in the Level Up project, please come down and see the exhibition and enjoy the work that they have produced both for you and the rest of the community. Even if your child was not involved then it’s definitely worth a visit. The teachers and pupils at each of the schools have put in a lot of hard work and the results are outstanding. We are inviting everyone to come and have a look and perhaps reflect on their own life journey and the transitions they make, big or small.”
Following the successes of the first year, the Level Up project will return in the new academic year and will be bigger and better than ever.
The Level Up project was initially funded by money from The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts and has since attracted £30,000 of funding from Lady Sainsbury of Turville.
For more information please visit www.theatrebythelake.com/takepart
Following its residency at the Carnegie the exhibition will move to Theatre by the Lake from Friday 12 August to Wednesday 17 August.
CAPTION: Children enjoying the exhibition. Photo by Tom Kay