Children’s artwork gets pride of place

Ceramic artist Norma Tail (centre right) with children and staff ffom Silverdale CE School and guests at the unveiling of a ceramic panel depicting Exmoor ponies and conservation which is mounted on the wall of the Co-Operative store.
Ceramic artist Norma Tail (centre right) with children and staff ffom Silverdale CE School and guests at the unveiling of a ceramic panel depicting Exmoor ponies and conservation which is mounted on the wall of the Co-Operative store.

Children from Silverdale St John’s CE School have worked with a well known Lancashire artist to produce a piece of artwork to be displayed in the village.

The work has been carried out in conjunction with local charity Exmoor Ponies in Conservation.

The groups have worked together to create a beautiful clay tile which has been installed for public display on the wall of Silverdale Co-op.

Silverdale Parish Council paid for the installment and has worked with the Co-op to display this piece of art work so that it can reflect the whole community.

An official opening of the art piece was held last Thursday outside the Co-op.

School headteacher Catherine Armistead said: “It has been well received in village and we are all pleased with the result.”

Stone Age art, as well as visiting and drawing the herd of Exmoors on Gait Barrows, was the inspiration for the creation of the ceramic panel made by children.

The children spent time observing and drawing the ponies on the reserve, learning about how they graze to conserve wild flowers, as well as looking carefully at cave art illustrations back at school.

They carefully created pony shapes from the clay, later colouring and glazing their work.

Margaret Mackintosh, who has been involved with the project, said: “The aim of this conservation community project was primarily the enjoyment and involvement of the children in an unusual educational activity as well as producing a permanent pieces of artwork for the enjoyment of the residents and visitors to Silverdale.

“Local businesses also supported, primarily the Co-op store who offered a site for the finished ceramic panel in a prime location, as well as ceramic artist Norma Tait.

“I can say this has been all win situation! “The project has exceeded all expectations and the children have created a unique panel with a special textured quality.

“They have managed to capture a subtle pre-historic mood, reminiscent of the cave art, as well as representing the ponies living and grazing in a natural landscape throughout history, for all to enjoy.”