Three Faiths Forum Link Day, Thursday 18th September 2014
Mrs McDermott accompanied the six Upper IV girls who have been selected to take part in this year’s school linking programme with Unity Girls High School (UGHS). We have been involved with the Three Faiths Forum (3ff) since November 2010 and have one of their longest established links.
The venue for the first link day was the Red Gallery in Shoreditch. 3ff organises an annual art exhibition, showcasing a variety of pieces of art from artists from a range of religious and cultural backgrounds. The theme for this year’s ‘Urban Dialogues’ was ‘Navigations’. One of the first activities the girls had to navigate their way through was Mrs McDermott’s ice breaker games. These gave them the opportunity to meet the girls from UGHS.
Once they had been introduced, the girls completed a trail around the exhibition. The overall favourite piece was ‘Buddha@hotmail’ by Tibetan-born British artist Gonkar Gyatso. The girls were intrigued at his composition of Buddha, using a variety of children’s stickers.
The students were privileged to take part in a workshop led by one of the exhibiting artists, Delaine Le Bas. She is an English Romani Gypsy and spoke to the girls about the challenges she faced within her own community concerning her desire to continue with her education. Delaine was commissioned to create a piece, ‘Witchcraft 2’, for the exhibition. She spoke to the girls about the stereotypes society places on marginalised groups and also invited the girls to consider the stereotypes that the media place on girls and women, from Disney princess to L’Oreal advertising.
After listening to the inspirational Delaine, the girls worked in mixed groups to produce their own artwork. They used words and images from newspapers and magazines in their artwork and then presented and explained their various compositions to the rest of the group. Look out for these pieces on the 3ff notice board along the main teaching corridor.
This was a fantastic day of looking, learning, thinking, creating and meeting new friends.
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