Leeds pupils' art treasure

IT might have made king of the montages, Yorkshire's David Hockney green with artistic envy.

When community artist Tim Curtis set out to record an imaginative image of a Leeds school he decided to get more than 500 helpers involved.

His formula, take one panoramic photograph of Shakespeare Primary School and Children's Centre, all the pupils, staff and a sprinkling of governors, 520 blank canvasses, some paint and a week of art workshops – to create a giant montage.

Community artist Tim and photographer Jon Scurrah led the project with the aim of creating a unique piece of art representing the school and its surroundings.

Workshops were staged at which each pupil or other contributor painted their small part of the mural, whether a piece of sky or part of the school building.

Nursery children painted sky and clouds and head teacher Julian

Gorton painted the Shakespeare towers.

The work took a week to complete.

The list of participants included governors, residents, volunteer readers, cleaners, kitchen staff and the head and deputy from Primrose High School next door.

Mr Gorton said: "It's been a brilliant opportunity to bring together all the partners who work with and support the school.

"Shakespeare now has a unique piece of artwork that will adorn the corridor for many years to come and a stunning individual panoramic photograph from which it was based.

The children also have the memories of the week of workshops in the form of a time lapse film that plays on screen in the same school corridor which reminds everyone of the fantastic project."

Tim Curtis community artist information can be found at www.timcurtisartist.co.uk .

Jon Scurrah's photography is at www.phrame.co.uk.

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