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Schoolchildren Explore Past Present and Future of University's City Campus

Children from two Worcester schools have been working with professional artists to produce a series of work celebrating the re-birth of the former Worcester Royal Infirmary.

school art projectCommissioned by the University of Worcester, local artists Alison Ogle and Petr Horacek have been working with more than 200 children at St Barnabas and St George’s CE schools on a project called Making Your Mark on the Future.

They have been exploring the history of the Castle Street buildings and their transformation into a second campus for the University.

Steve Boffy, arts co-ordinator at the University, said: “We wanted to get the children thinking more widely about education and university and the life journeys they can make. They explored where they want their own lives to go in the future and different aspects of their families’ pasts.”

The children have created pictures and stories, which will be used to produce a series of banners to be displayed in and around the University’s City Campus in January.

The banners will be put together and digitally printed by the University’s Digital Arts students.

The schools project is part of a number of arts projects to celebrate the history of the former Worcester Royal Infirmary and its future as part of the University.

In November the dance development agency for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, performed a unique piece of live dance at the City Campus.

The University also commissioned Vamos Theatre company to create a piece of drama last year, which drew on former nurses’ recollections of their time working there.

The art project has been supported by The Elmley Foundation and Worcestershire County Council.