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Community award for art project

An art project at the University involving children from three city schools has won an award at the Coventry Community Cohesion Awards 2012.

In February, pupils from The Westwood Academy, Charter Primary School and Cannon Park Primary School designed and painted artwork on to hoardings at the site of the new Sherbourne student residences. The pupils were mentored by local artist Jo Buffery as part of the Warwick Arts Centre Educational Programme.

Warwick Arts Centre Education Director, Brian Bishop said:

We’re absolutely thrilled with this award. A very important aspect of all our arts education projects is about bringing young people together to make and share new works of art so to have a project recognised in the context of community cohesion confirms to us that we are offering young people something socially important as well as creatively engaging.

Canon Park Primary School teacher Hilary Wilson added:

It opened the kids’ eyes to the possibilities which are out there in front of them and taught them valuable life skills. It has also built excellent links between the school and the university.

The award will be shown to the children who took part, and will then go on display in the Box Office at Warwick Arts Centre.

Funding and materials for the project were provided by the University and Shepard Construction.