Students from Greenfield Community College worked hard last term to create artworks and poetry to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War 1. They made artists' boxes filled with ideas and memories and wrote poetry based on their research in Greenfield Arts’ Room 13.
The work they created featured in an exhibition organised by Aycliffe Village Local History Society at Aycliffe Village Hall last weekend inspired by information and artefacts shared by Aycliffe Local History Society, poems and images of their work are included in the book published to accompany the exhibition (funded by the National Lottery) “The Great War; Great Aycliffe, Brafferton and Coatham Mundeville Remember.” The book is available at the exhibition and from the Aycliffe History Society website www.aycliffehistory.org.uk. The exhibition has already reached over 400 people but will reach more whilst on tour for a week from 29th September in an empty shop in Aycliffe Town Centre.
On Monday 15th September a group of the students with work in the exhibition (who are currently in Year 9 at Greenfield) visited Aycliffe Village Hall and gave a reading of some of their poetry from the book.
The students had a great time at the exhibition, and really enjoyed seeing their work in situ alongside other memorabilia and items remembering the First World War. A local resident Ken Fox said: “the work the young people created is wonderful. The poetry is very powerful and mature. The art work boxes are very emotive and the young people have really employed a lot of empathy. Well done to Greenfield Arts for developing this work with the Aycliffe Local History Society but well done to the students at Greenfield Community College for the very impressive work which is a great addition to the exhibition and publication.”