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Business in the classroom

Posted onPosted on 2nd Jun
Business in the classroom

A group of art students from The Brunts Academy, Mansfield, visited a specialist housing development to see a hoarding unveiled with their urban artwork designs.

The 16 pupils took part in housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat’s competition to create designs, based on street names surrounding the Poppy Fields (formerly Brownlow Road) Extra Care development.

The streets have been named as a tribute to the first world war and the winning design is at Flanders Court.

The school will receive a bespoke piece of art on canvas and the students will receive a goody-bag from Keepmoat.

Keepmoat worked with the year nine students and an urban artist. The lessons increased the pupils’ knowledge of the culture surrounding the art form, including history, famous graffiti artists and distinguishing features between graffiti art and street art.

The students and their teacher, along with deputy mayor Coun Mick Barton and Broomhill ward councillor Ian Sheppard, attended the unveiling of the artwork designs, which will be displayed around the perimeter of the development for 64 bungalows, houses and apartments for older people.

Rebecca Wainwright, art teacher at the academy that is part of the Evolve Trust, said: “It has been a fantastic opportunity for the students to have an insight into urban art, as well as gaining an understanding of the Poppy Fields development.”

Keepmoat is working at Poppy Fields to build a 64-unit Extra Care development in partnership with Mansfield District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council. The £8.4m scheme, a mix of bungalows, houses and apartments, will enable people over 55, who may have additional care needs, to live as independently as possible with care staff on site 24 hours a day.

Pictured are Coun Mick Barton, site manager Gerry Doherty, centre, and students.