An important part of the ROQ public art programme is interaction with the local community and providing the opportunity for creative participation.
A key aspect of this initiative is a series of workshops with local primary schools which were designed on the concept of The Alchemical Tree by Simon Periton. This is a symbol connected with growth, transformation and a quest for knowledge. In the workshops, students worked on the themes of duality and transformation, and created leaves of spring and autumn using a variety of medium and techniques.
In addition, eight schools took up the opportunity to visit an Oxford college – kindly hosted by St Catherine’s College, St Edmund Hall and Regents Park College. This programme aimed to introduce children to a different way of learning through exploring historic sites in a new way, using creative media and trying new subjects. Each student took part in a two-hour workshop session led by local artist Vicky Vergou, which was inspired by Simon Periton’s work in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.
Click on the link for further details about the workshops for schools.