This post was published on the 22nd June 2012
Written by Zaibun Arab
Published in the marketing blog
Every year each of the Host Borough Colleges recruit Legacy Champions to work on projects that will benefit fellow students and the wider community. This project is supported by EDF Energy, O2 and the youth action charity Envision.
The team of students called ‘All for One’ decided to produce a piece of artwork to reflect and celebrate their local community. Once a week, they met with an Envision volunteer and I to work on their project.
They first organised a timeline to ensure the project was completed and displayed by June 2012. After discussing and drawing up questions they conducted a survey in the local community as part of their research. The findings were evaluated and students drew their results as images ready for the painting.
A local artist, Shallman Quashie originally from Ghana, West Africa was asked to volunteer his expertise to visually portray the student’s findings. Shallman is an experienced artist who has his work displayed at Frameless Gallery in Finsbury, Arc Gallery in Tottenham and DanzArt Gallery in Highbury.
A room was booked at the Greenwich Park Centre and students got stuck in with the painting and enjoyed every moment of it.
Shallman encouraged the students to express themselves and letloose on their creativity. Students said:
“It was great experience for us to work with an upcoming young and inspiring artist.”
Shallman spent a little more time adding his artistic touches to bring the painting to life.
The painting has been booked for display at the Greenwich Tourist Information Centre for the month of October. Currently, it is up on display in the foyer area at the Plumstead Centre.
“A huge thank you to the students for taking part and producing an amazing piece of painting that represents the community they live and study in.” – Zaibun Arab.