Within days of being rated 'good' by Ofsted, Hazelwood Academy in Swindon has cause to celebrate again having secured funding from the Big Lottery for a local arts project. The £9,900 'Awards for All' grant will enable the academy to host an arts project where residents, especially those who feel isolated in the community, will be invited to participate in creative sessions working alongside artists, pupils and staff.
Business Manager, Kate Ayliffe, who submitted the application says: "The hope is that by engaging members of the community, including the elderly and those where language may be a barrier, in a fun, informal and creative environment, we will encourage people to become more involved in the community, whether that be through taking part in more activities provided within the Toothill area, or perhaps by volunteering in local schools."
Local artists, Toni and Gordon Dickinson, from 'No Added Sugar' will be taking the lead in designing the artwork and running the sessions, with the assistance of members of staff and other community groups. Headteacher, Suzanne Lloyd says: “The objectives of the project are not only to encourage collaboration, and the breaking down of barriers in the community, but to create pieces of lasting art work, of which the whole community can be proud. Our children are very excited by the prospect of working with two talented local artists and having fun creating art work with members of the community.”
The Arts project is planned to take place in the summer with a number of sessions running at different times throughout the last week in June.