Every year the Arts Society Blackwater aims to support artistic endeavour with young people. This is usually in the form of financial support to local schools for an arts project but we have also supported artwork in local museums through the purchase of an ‘art cart’ and art materials for Langford Museum of Power (2014) and Maldon Museum (2020).
For the past three years we have maintained a special relationship with Heybridge Co-operative Academy. The Academy provides short and long-term support for 115 pupils, aged 11-16, most of who have encountered difficulties in mainstream schools in the Mid-Essex area. We have supported three art projects, which involved funding an artist to work with the art teacher – Victoria Phillips – and the pupils. These projects were:
July 2017 – Sculptor Mo Gardner helped pupils create stone heads which are still on display in the school.
July 2018 -Sculptor and mosaic artist Anne Swegmann-Fielding helped pupils create two circular mosaics which are on display in the school’s main corridor.
July 2019 Artist and sculptor Nicola Burrell helped pupils create paper sculptures which were photographed for display in the school hall.
Other schools that have had recent art projects funded by us include The Plume Academy, Maldon (2016) Terling Primary School (2015) The Maltings Academy, Witham (2013).
The money for the projects has come from a mixture of the society’s funds and raffles held at the Christmas meetings of the society.