One of the last things I did before lockdown commenced was a talk and memory box workshop with years 5 and 6 at Radnor Road Primary School.
They had carried out a mass litter pick with Cardiff Rivers Group and then spent the day with me turning all their rubbish into huge pieces of art. Each class had a huge box and the children did an amazing job of creating dividers for all their objects and sticking their objects in.
There were still spaces in the boxes for more rubbish to be collected and added to the box throughout the remaining term - a project to be continued when they go back to school. I can't wait to see them completed!
The school also asked me to give a talk to the pupils about plastic pollution, the environment and what we can do to help the planet.
Here's what their teacher had to say:
"Katherine came to our school to make giant versions of her memory boxes - inspired by one of her pieces about Cardiff Barrage rubbish. The pupils wanted to create something that mirrored this, but from a Canton perspective because that's their neighbourhood. The pupils worked in small groups; each group was given a time slot, and together about 100 pupils created 3 giant installations. We displayed them in our classes and they further inspired our writing that term.
We still have the giant frames within frames which we plan to repurpose for next term's topic. All in all our workshops with Katherine were a wonderful journey through our community's relationship with the discarded or unwanted. The experience was transformational, thought provoking and tangible. "
If you're looking for workshops with schools, please get in touch. I'd love to hear your ideas.
I’m an artist who creates beautiful memory boxes and intricate ink drawings to help you connect with the people and places you love.