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INTU MILTON KEYNES AND CREATE REVEAL NEW ART INSTALLATIONS BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN MK

Date Posted:16/05/2015

INTU MILTON KEYNES AND CREATE REVEAL NEW ART INSTALLATIONS BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN MK

intu Milton Keynes unveiled two new art installations by the children of White Spire School in Bletchley, and a group of young carers, supported by award-winning charity Create.

The young artists, their friends and family, and Create joined the team at intu Milton Keynes for the grand unveiling of a beautiful mural on the walls of the South Concourse parent and baby rooms, and a new, colourful cow to join MK’s famed concrete cows.  

Children from White Spire School were invited to design a mural which has now been drawn on the walls of the South Concourse parent and baby rooms.  During January and February, award-winning charity Create worked with them to design the mural as part of its creative:connection programme.  In sessions led by Create’s professional artists, Artistic Director of Function Theatre James Baldwin and visual artist Daniel Wallis, the children came up with a magical story inspired by the frog clock and drew pictures to illustrate it.  Wallis then transferred their designs onto the walls of intu Milton Keynes to create a mural which staff members painted to make it a permanent feature.  

The aim of the project was to help enable young people with disabilities to get involved with cultural activities.  The mural is accompanied by a plaque telling the story and crediting the children of White Spire School.  A young person from White Spire School, who took part in the project, said: “Everyone worked together to help each other to create this. I’m really looking forward to seeing my mural in the shopping centre. My family will be so proud!”

The second project involved 11 of Create’s young carers, all between 14 and 17 years old, who designed and crafted their own Milton Keynes cow.  The brightly coloured addition now sits with the concrete cows in Oak Court.  One of the young carers, said:  “It has really built my confidence collaborating with other people.  We had to listen to each other and come together as a team for this to work.  Having some time away from home felt good too and I got to make friends with other young carers.  When I see the sculpture in the shopping centre, I can feel proud and say ‘I was part of that’.”

Paul Lancaster, Regional Director for intu Milton Keynes, said:  “We are delighted with both the mural and the cow; they are absolutely fantastic.  The mural has transformed the parent and baby rooms into a friendly and welcoming area, whilst the cow has brought some colour to the herd!  I’d like to say thank you to the young people of Milton Keynes, the artists and the team at Create for all of their hard work.  The mural and the cow will both inspire and delight our shoppers for years to come.”

Create’s CEO and Co-Founder, Nicky Goulder, said: “These projects helped young people with special needs and young carers to develop new skills and play an active role in their community, raising their self-esteem and building their confidence. It has been a pleasure to work with intu Milton Keynes and witness everyone involved embracing the opportunity to create some art for the shopping centre.”
 

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