Art Pupils Get Creative for Fundraising Campaign
An article from our Head of Art, Clare Schmidt
Restart Africa is a charity set up in 2008 by Mary Coulson in response to the desperate needs of the street children of Gilgil in Kenya.
In January this year, I visited the Restart Children’s Centre that looks after children who have been orphaned, abandoned, or driven out of their homes by parents who can no longer support them. Some have suffered unimaginable abuse and violence.
The charity’s motto, “Think not who you are, but what you can become”, underlines the belief that given the love and opportunity that Restart Africa provides, the children will all have wonderful futures ahead…
The children have the important basics and are able to attend school but they have very few possessions of their own and little access to creative activities; there is no art, music, or drama at school. A recent donation of music equipment and the setting up of a choir has proved a great success for the children. Mary and her colleagues are also keen for them to be able to access art and believe it would be very therapeutic, helping some of the children to overcome the trauma they have suffered.
As a parent and art teacher, I was struck by the fact that the children at Restart had very little opportunity to scribble, draw, or play with paint, something children do here in the UK as part of their natural development. I thought it would be great if the art department at King's could raise money to buy art materials for the centre and offer this opportunity to the children.
Together with some of the art scholars, we are planning a number of fundraising initiatives and our target is to raise £1000.
Take a look at some of the beautiful artwork our pupils have created – made up into greetings cards for sale. Our pupils are also currently exhibiting their work at Hestercombe Gardens. The ‘Creative Journeys’ exhibit showcases the work of these talented art and photography pupils. The cards will be for sale at the exhibition on Saturday 16 March.
Please contact me for details of how to purchase: CASchmidt@kings-taunton.co.uk
You can find out more information about Restart here: http://www.restartafrica.org/
Published on: Saturday, March 16, 2019