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Community art project at Waterside in Sale

Posted at 12:14 pm on 29th November, 2018

Art Exhibition for World AIDS Day

As part of national World AIDS Day on 1st December, The George House Trust charity joined Wellacre students to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS through a community art project for the First Time: In Equal Parts exhibition at Waterside Arts Centre in Sale.

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Year 10 art students listened to the charity’s ‘Positive Speakers’ to gain a better understanding and to create art pieces to raise awareness of the stigma attached to the diseases.  

They participated in art workshops with a dedicated artist in residence, Jess Loveday, responding to a brief to design a series of 2D artworks to reflect on the issues surrounding HIV diagnosis and living with the disease.   Their work has become part of a public exhibition at the Waterside for six weeks.

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Artist, Miss Loveday, said:

“The class made some incredible artwork responding to HIV; the themes they have explored are really important and they have played their part in raising positive awareness. I’d like to thank these students for being so passionate and creative. I’m looking forward to curating the work in an exhibition at Waterside Arts.”

The project introduced Wellacre students to a challenging topic and working with new art materials.  Their outstanding responses were both thoughtful and creative.

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Max, Year 10, student said:

“Meeting the HIV positive speakers and hearing their stories was a real eye-opener and has changed my thoughts on people living with HIV.  We experimented with new art tools and canvas, and I worked hard to present a professional activist poster to show how the stigma of HIV and AIDS hurts people.  This is for a great cause and worthy of my best work.”

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Miss Niebel, Leader of Creative Arts and Technologies, said:

“It is a huge honour for Wellacre students to work on such a prestigious project. The students showed huge amounts of pride, maturity and resilience throughout the workshops.  

Their artistic responses to the brief are excellent.  The group are proud to showcase their artwork to the public in their very first art exhibition and we encourage parents, carers and friends of Wellacre to support the students and visit the Waterside Art Centre.”

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For more information about the First Time: In Equal Parts exhibition , please visit https://watersidearts.org/whats-on/2469-first-time-in-equal-parts/