Never underestimate the power of art; it can stimulate learning and identity and give children ambition and optimism. Units of Power, a Children & the Arts collective project in three Haringey primary schools, is a perfect example of this. Working with the artist Jack Brown and the Saatchi Galley, children at these schools have been reminded of their own individual importance and their intrinsic value as young citizens.
Each group of pupils made choices about their own piece and worked together to decide the direction of their project. Sculptures were created in response to the Champagne Life exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery and were displayed in their schools grounds, visited by the children, parents and members of the community alike.
Overall, I think that the impact of this project can be summarised by the quote below. I really hope that you have the time to learn more about this fantastic cause and, of course, to appreciate the arts.
“Imagine one battery making a little bit of power and 150 batteries making lots of power. We are all units of power together. When you put us together we are powerful.” – Year 3 Pupil, St. Paul’s & All Hallows Primary School, Tottenham