Worcester Mayor Allah Ditta unveiled two new artworks in celebration of ‘One World Week’ on 12 July 2019, created by local artist Jilly Oxlade-Arnott and the pupils of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Warndon.
One World Week celebrates the different faiths and religions across the globe, and shares an understanding about some of the issues that affect us, recognising that we can all make a difference.
The children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 created 180 paintings that were put together to form one large artwork surrounding their school prayer, now on display in the school hall. In addition, years 3, 4, 5 and 6 helped paint acrylic tessera on large Perspex panels to form mosaic paintings of the four school house saints. These can be seen on the exterior frontage of the school, adding a wonderful vibrant splash of colour.
“The children have been on a fantastic spiritual and creative journey during ‘One World Week’ with our visiting artist Jilly Oxlade-Arnott. The installations will be a constant reminder of this experience and a spring board into further curriculum developments surrounding the arts”, commented Louise Bury, the school’s head teacher.
Jilly Oxlade-Arnott added: “It has been great fun to work in such an inspirational school. I have been very warmly welcomed by the staff and children alike. There has been a lot of excitement in creating these pieces and I hope they will continue to bring joy for years to come.”
Photo caption: L–R: Jessica, Mrs Ditta, Mayor Allah Ditta, Elisa, Nia, Rebecca Hill, Louise Bury and Jilly Oxlade-Arnott. Image courtesy of Dave Harwood.