Pool School students get creative at Heartlands
The year-nine students are working closely with one of Heartlands’ commissioned artists, Nicky Neate, to carve their own designs on 20 wooden poles, which will form the outline of the smaller outdoor performance space on the site.
‘Plain an Gwarry’, which means ‘playing place’, will be set in the heart of the unique landscape, and host workshops and visiting theatres groups.
The students spent time at the Heartlands site in Pool gathering artefacts to inspire their designs on the 20 poles. To help capture the sites memories the students were given a first hand account of the area’s history from ex-miner Peter Hughes and were also given a tour of the Engine House, situated at the centre of the project in Robinson’s Shaft.
Nicky Neate, one of the commissioned artists working on the Heartlands Project, said:” The students have been involved with Heartlands since the early days so despite the weather the students really enjoyed themselves. We tried to make the session as fun as possible the students wore wigs and performed a dance around the ‘Plain an Gwarry’ performance space where their designed poles will eventually be placed.
“People and creativity are at the heart of Heartlands and by combining the two it is our aspiration that the community has a sense of pride and ownership over the project.”
Scott James, Heartlands Programme Director, said:” The design of Heartlands has been subject to extensive consultation with the local community and students from Pool Business and Enterprise College played a large part in helping to inform the design process. It was great to have them on site, especially at such an exciting time as works are now well underway to prepare the site for the major site works to start.”