Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Project with Edinburgh World Heritage and St. Crispin's School

We're very excited to be asked by Edinburgh World Heritage to work with them on a project to reach out to the young in Edinburgh. As part of World Heritage Day that EWH is organising in April, we will be bringing some beautiful pictures of Edinburgh from our collection next week to St Crispin's School. Using these pictures and a couple of prints by Scottish artist Jane Hyslop, several students will create works of art that show what Edinburgh means to them. The works will then be mounted and exhibited at a venue in Central Edinburgh, in conjunction with World Heritage Day. That's from April 15 to 22, so mark your calendars and watch this space! It's going to be fantastic.

St Crispin's School is a special school that provides education to primary and secondary-age children, and meets the additional needs of pupils with more severe, complex learning difficulties, according to its Web site. We visited the school last week to observe their learning, and are so moved by the dedication and patience shown by its teachers and helpers in making a difference in the children's lives. And they love art!

Similarly, EWH aims to make a positive impact on these children's lives by inspiring them to think about their environment and the city's architecture creatively. This is a pilot project for EWH to reach out to the young and other groups that have traditionally not been audiences of heritage. EWH's mandate is to build awareness of the city's World Heritage Site - consisting the Old Town and the New Town - by promoting enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of its value and significance, it says on its Web site.

This collaboration, we believe, will yield pretty great results. We'll be writing again after the event next week to show exactly what came out of it, so please do come back!

Have a great week ahead!

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