Greenbank children make art ship shape for Respect Festival
Published by Slough for Westward Housing Group in Housing
Children at Greenbank art workshop
Ghostly goings on were to be found at the Greenbank estate in Plymouth where children were taking part in an art workshop to make a ghost ship for the Respect Festival.
With help from Westward Housing Group’s Involvement team, volunteers, parents, Devon and Cornwall Fire Service and a local artist they learnt all about respect for others and art at a workshop at Onward House community centre on August 8.
Using willow and bamboo canes and tissues they created a ghost ship, fish and ghosts for their contribution to the Plymouth Respect Festival parade next spring, which has a theme of sailing.
Mother Jody Byrne and son Theo, three, took part. She said: “It was really good to see him enjoy it. Days like these are important to gets all these kids together doing something.”
One of the children, Bethany, aged eight, said: “I liked making the boat and decorating it.”
Helped by artist Jon Lilly, employed by Plymouth and Devon Race Equality Council to work with children on art projects, around 15 children worked all day on their masterpieces.
Jon said: “It’s not really about the art, it’s about the experience of them having fun and getting together. They worked really hard and it all came together quickly.”
Dave Evans, of Devon and Cornwall Fire Service, and Respect Festival committee member, was on hand to talk to the children about the festival and respecting diversity, with Plymouth being among the most multi-cultural cities in the South West.
He said: “There are 100 languages spoken in the city now. It is about forging links between different cultures, accepting people for being different, not judging them and getting to know them.”