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Drawing on Dreams

July 2019

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Decorated jars will form part of the Dream Cave Exhibition at No. 42 in Bishop Auckland Market Place.

Local artist Alison Curry, from dispel-art has visited King James to deliver a creative workshop entitled ‘Drawing on Dreams’ to our new Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

The scheme, which is delivered by ‘The Auckland Project’, is designed to ask the people who live and work in Bishop Auckland how they would like to shape our town’s next artistic commission for an artist to lead the Big Draw programme in October.

The group of students have all recently started their training as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and this will be ongoing throughout the year. This training is supported by The Diana Award, which is in turn supported by HRH the Duke of Cambridge.

During the session, participants created a ‘dream jar’ and took part in discussions of how art is part of everybody’s lives. A dream jar is a simple glass jar decorated with a variety of bits and bobs to reflect your personality and your ideas for creative arts within Bishop Auckland. Some students even placed significant words and ideas, which emerged during the discussions, into their jar.

The decorated jars will form part of a ‘Dream Cave’ exhibition from 18th July within No.42, Market Place, Bishop Auckland. During the final creative sessions each jar will be illuminated and everyone will have the opportunity to view and experience what others have created. Friends and family are welcome to pop along too and share the magic students have created together.

Alison said, “It was a great pleasure to have the opportunity to deliver one of these sessions to students at King James I Academy. We discussed the possibility of creativity being a tool for helping them to spread their anti-bullying message and students immersed themselves in the task with great enthusiasm and energy. This is a testament to the talents and skills of the staff, who led by example working alongside the students. Students were polite, kind and supportive of each other during the session so I’m sure they will all be excellent role models in their new roles as Anti-bullying Ambassadors.”

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