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Children at the heart of new anniversary art

This colourful piece of artwork has been designed by children to commemorate the first anniversary of WCF. Published Thursday, 1st October 2020

A new painting created by children has been unveiled to mark the first anniversary of Worcestershire Children First.

The artwork has been produced by local artist Megan Evans in collaboration with children across Worcestershire and reflects the company’s core values.

Under Megan’s artistic direction, children produced a series of collagraph prints using items of litter that had been collected from around the county.

The artwork features a combination of collagraph printmaking and painting, and includes a print from every child who took part. The prints have been collaged into the final artwork and labelled with participants' names.

Collaborating on the project were children from:

  • Who Cares We Care, Worcestershire’s Children in Care Council
  • Franche Community Primary School, Kidderminster
  • Alvechurch C of E Middle School
  • The Chantry School, Martley
  • Prince Henry’s High School, Evesham
  • The Forge Secondary Short Stay School, Redditch
  • Chadsgrove School, Bromsgrove

Megan said: “It has been a pleasure to work with children from such a variety of settings. Children have been involved at each stage of the artwork's journey; From discussions around the original visuals to reshaping the concepts to reflect their own perspectives. As well as participating in the consultation stage they have taken part in litter picking, removing around 600 items from around the county, and learnt new skills in printmaking. The final artwork is a true celebration of children, collaboration and keeping the environment at the forefront of our minds."

Chair of Worcestershire Children First, Rob Morrison said: “I am honoured to be able to unveil this new artwork and impressed with the artistic skills displayed by the children who have collaborated on this artwork.”

The artwork was virtually unveiled by Rob Morrison at the Annual General Meeting of Worcestershire Children First on Thursday 1 October.