The Reading List: Current projects

Sharing a selection of current readings for our ongoing outreach/collaborative projects…

Considering theoretical framing for the Concrete Poetry outreach workshops I am making links to ideas around Play and Social Practice.

Also taking time over the Easter break to contextualise the thoughts we have been exploring about gender in Canon Art History lessons, in anticipation of our further collaboration with the Courtauld Gallery. In the summer term Year 7 students will be working to create zines questioning the role of women in Art History, their question: Hidden from History? Discuss women’s role in The Courtauld Gallery and beyond.


Word Tent /Concrete Poetry Outreach Project

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This week we started Wordtent : an outreach project with students from  Brampton Primary School.

Over the next five weeks we will working together with students in a site specific Wordtent installation at the library space at Brampton.

We will  play with words to produce concrete poetry exploring the link between the shapes of words and their meaning. Concrete poetry – sometimes also called ‘visual poetry’ – is poetry which visual appearance matches the topic of the poem. The words form shapes which illustrate the poem’s subject as a picture as well as through their literal meaning.

These workshops will tie into the exhibition Love Letter to Typography taking place in the gallery space at Welling School from 24th April – 29th June. Love Letter to Typography is an exhibition about graphic design, printing and letter forms. Throughout April, May and June students from Welling School will be collaborating with designers Fraser Muggeridge and Hato Press.

The experimental text pieces produced by Year 5 students will also become part of the exhbition at Welling.

Follow the project as it develops on the Welling Visual Arts blog.


Rivers of the world: British Council Collaboration

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How can we make a piece of Artwork that has a powerful environmental message?




This is the question students at Welling School have been grappling with as part of their contribution to the British Council’s Rivers of the World project. The wider project, now in its ninth year, seeks to link together international classrooms in shared creative activities by exploring a common theme: the River. This year Welling School has been paired with YAYA art school in New Orleans, a city devastated in 2005 when a storm surge generated by Hurricane Katrina flooded eighty percent of the city. The aim was for each school to create an artwork panel to both celebrate relationships with the river in localities, and also consider the global issues affecting river cities.

To prepare for this endeavour a group of Year Nine students from Welling visited the Thames Path at Woolwich to experience the workings of the river; its history, its routines and future prospects, recording their visual observations in sketchbooks . The River Thames is relatively close to the school site but in many ways is still as exotic and mysterious as the Mississippi river of the partner school 4,624 miles away in New Orleans .
This trip triggered many conversations and on the minibus ride home the students discussed their own distant relationship with the river and their eagerness to discover more about the Thames. Sensing connections to prior learning they researched the Geography and Science curriculum to further embed their developing practice with meaning and substance.

Back in the classroom students worked together with artists Pia Goddard and Helen Ireland over two days to create a piece of art that collaged together all their ideas in visual form .

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For the Welling panel, Helen and Pia worked with students to consider the issue of waste disposal along the Thames. Inspired by the yellow box barges that regularly float out to the estuary, they researched the work of companies who sort, recycle, generate electricity and improve the environment with green projects along the Thames valley using the materials that Londoners throw out every day. Students played their part in an international community of thinking, and value the positive contributions they can make to the wider world.

The panel created by Welling students, Pia Goddard and Helen Ireland was exhibited alongside work from 24 secondary schools in London, on the Southbank and has now made it back to Welling on display in the in the Art Staircase.

Students involved:
Dominic Bathe
Emily Wright
Aston Stacey
Nhi Nguyen
Nikola Brujic
Charlotte Pullen
Chloe Reader
Hannah Thorogood
Gemma Gordon
Ellie Wills
Anna Tolfrey
Jamie Marsh
Ed Hanson
Brandon La

The Courtauld Institute of Art collaboration: Dr Katie Faulkner gives a lecture on 20th Century British Sculpture

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On Tuesday 10th March Welling welcomed Dr Katie Faulkner, a visiting lecturer from the Courtauld Gallery in London for the second in a series of workshops focusing this time on Katie’s specialism twentieth century British Sculpture. The Courtauld Gallery houses one of the countries finest art collections. To support the work we do in Canon Art History lessons we invited 30 more students from Year 7 who have has made the most progress in the Spring term, to stretch and challenge their understanding of the huge variety and depth of this subject. So far over 90 students from year 7 have been involved in this collaboration learning from the gallery collections.

Katie delivered an exciting workshop exploring the theme of sculpture and  we investigated cross curricular links and contextual understanding. Students then took to practically applying their knowledge making their own sculptures carving into soap in response the work of other artists. The event has already triggered many discussions in class and some amazing questions!

Building on this success we are planning more lectures: Everyone at school is welcome to attend and join the discussion.


The Postcard Show Raffle

Postcard Show Publicity


You are warmly invited to The Postcard Show Raffle Private View and Sale

Berwick Road Gallery, Welling School

Wednesday 25th March, 6 – 8pm

 What do Welling School students, staff and alumni, artists Jon Burgerman, Richard Wentworth, Gordon Cheung, Jamie Shovlin, , Ruth Ewan, Peter Lamb, staff from the V&A and the Whitechapel Galley and students from Greenwich Free School have in common? ….

 They have all made artwork for The Postcard Show!

These postcards will be sold via a raffle to raise money for students Amy Baldwin and Olivia Marsh’s project in Uganda. Postcards will be displayed in the Berwick Road Gallery, onsite at Welling School from the 23rd March. Artists and ticket holders will be revealed at an evening event at the Gallery on the 25th March. All are welcome to attend!

The Postcard Show is inspired by the RCA’s annual show. All the money raised will go towards funding equipment and travel costs for the student’s project in Uganda. Here, they will be teaching tag rugby to the local communities in Jinja and Entebbe and working on a community project in a school.

Raffle tickets are £5 / £2 for the first 100 students and are available from Alex Parry in the Community Arts Office in P1. Contact Alex at with any questions.






The Small Show


Small Show

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In ‘the small show’ size really does matter! ‘small’ requires a shift in perception, ‘small’ requires a different sort of looking and’small’ obviously requires different stratergies for making.

The rules are simple; the work can be no bigger than A6 and will be wall based as ‘the small show’ will be sympathetically exhibited in the cupboard of the Berwick Road Gallery in Welling School.

The P.V. will be held on the 17/3/15 at 15:00 – 17:30 and will be in conjunction with the ‘2 Pieces of Paper ‘ Show.

Make something and bring it in!

Collaborative Sculpture Year 7 Sci-Art

The year 7 Sci-Art students are currently exploring red blood cells. They have looked at the processes that red blood cells go through in order to transport oxygen.  From their studies the students have begun to document their findings through the means of a collaborative sculpture. Every student has worked extremely hard. They have shown great team work and ambition. Well done Year 7. Special thanks to our Intervention Assistants who have supported our students within these lessons.

Stage 1. Competition: which team can create the most cells?

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Stage 2: A splash of colour

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Stage 3: We have a heart


To be continued…


2 Pieces of Paper

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Following on from ‘The Photocopy Show’ which was all about the democracy of the access to utilising the  xerographic process, the ‘Two Pieces of Paper’  show requires another strategy of engagement. Invention is the key word and as we know necessity is the mother of invention! Everyone has to follow the same rules and everyone  has access to exactly the same two images. The rules are:

Take one of each image

You may only rip/ cut/ fold/ glue each image together

Leave the completed image on the table

Remember Art is to enjoy!

As the work is created in the gallery we have seen the variety of diverse approaches to the creation of these collage works. The success of this project can already be seen in  the dialogue that is opened up between the various works and the visual and practical strategies of invention that have been employed in the creation of these images directly in relation to the confines of two pieces of paper.

Joseph Cartwright and Nicholas Lockyer