Schoolchildren help unveil artwork at Academy Central

Date: Thursday 01 October 2015

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Creative children from Manor Longbridge School in the Borough of Barking and Dagenham were invited to help unveil public artwork incorporating their own designs at our nearby Academy Central development, located off Longbridge Road.

The Year 4 pupils were among the VIP guests at the unveiling ceremony which was held in the Honour Gardens at our sold-out development on Wednesday 23rd September.

We commissioned local arts organisation Studio 3 Arts to create the work. Artists Jonathan Stockbridge and Linda Culverwell ran a number of workshops in the school to create images and sculptures which were photographed and transferred onto tiles used for the mosaic pieces on the artwork.

The artwork includes three curved mosaic benches and 30 concrete orbs with mosaic glass ornaments set on the top and is based around an academic theme to encompass the history of the site, previously home to the University of East London and the South East Technical College.

Michael O’Leary, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey East London, says: “It was great to welcome the children and artists, along with local dignitaries, to the unveiling of the public artwork at Academy Central so they could take a tour of the artwork on site and see their work brought to life.

“It is fantastic to see the children’s ideas and designs incorporated into the final artwork – they should be incredibly proud of their achievements in helping to create art which can be enjoyed by local residents now and in the future!

“We’d like to thank everyone who has helped to make this exciting partnership project such a huge success.”