The Shrewsbury School Art Faculty enthusiastically promotes artistic creativity in the local community, with both staff members and students actively engaging in projects with younger children from local state schools.
In recognition of its efforts and achievements, not least in its engagement with the wider community, the Faculty was shortlisted for the 2020 Times Educational Supplement Creativity Award.
In Art, the School is developing partnerships with local schools and the wider community:
- Year 5 pupils from local primary schools are invited annually to the School to take part in the ‘Big Draw’ event. They participate in a carousel of creative activities, aided by Art Scholars and other student volunteers
- As part of our Thursday afternoon Activities Programme, volunteers from the School visit local primary schools to help create large scale works such as murals or mosaics
- The Art Lecture programme is open to local students from other schools
- In 2019 an exhibition raised funds for the Shewsy in Everton, with works from students, teachers, Old Salopians and local artists
Benefits and Impact
Illustrating the impact of our partnership work with local schools
"Thank you so much for giving our children this fab opportunity to become part of your community. The children were so well engaged and enjoyed every activity they got involved in. The organisation of the event was so well structured and considered from
the moment we arrived to the moment we left. Please thank Lucy (Head of Art) and her students for their support and enthusiasm."
Rhiannon Reece, Oakmeadow Primary School
Illustrating the impact of our partnership work:
- Extending our Big Draw carousel of activities to more local schools
- Developing relationships with primary school art co-ordinators to share ideas
- Widening the offering to include ceramics