In May 2016 we ran workshops in local primary schools; Jessop’s Primary and Saint Saviours. This was part of our initial project in Loughborough Junction, to find out which changes to the public realm that local people would like to see.
Our school workshops are designed to celebrate the present, explore elements of the past and use the insight gathered to inform the the future of Loughborough Junction.
We took the children on a whistle-stop tour of Loughborough Junction through the ages from Loughborough House being built in 1604 to present day where more than 32 languages are spoken and the area is truly multicultural. Each moment in time was accompanied by an illustration to encourage the children to consider how you can use visual language to communicate history.
The children were then asked to make stencils using one image from either the history of or something they loved about Loughborough Junction. They then drew around these to create interlocking and overlapping patterns to fill a whole page.
These patterns became the striking backdrops for the lettering on our mock bridge where we celebrated the work they had produced.
We are going to be running more workshops, at Michael Tippet School and Loughborough Primary, between now and Christmas in order to get more artwork from local children. The artwork from all of our school workshops will help us design bespoke street banners to decorate Coldharbour Lane, Hinton Rd and Loughborough Rd.