Students' artwork decorates the walls of Darlison Court

Friday 6 October 2017 Students' artwork decorates the walls of Darlison Court


National Church of England Academy students have used their creativity to produce artwork for Darlison Court, Hucknall.

Ashfield District Council, working together with the academy, have funded the materials needed for the students to use their artistic talent to create works of art to be displayed in the corridors of the housing development.

Darlison Court, a development of 39 spacious one and two bedroomed homes, provides modern accommodation for older residents, including ten extra care apartments, which means older people can live independently in their own home with the support and reassurance that care staff are on-site 24 hours a day.

Teacher of English at National Church of England Academy, Emma Dalby, arranged for year 11 students to get involved and paint canvases to decorate the corridors of Darlison Court and bring a smile to the resident’s faces.

After all of their hard work, the students have had the pleasure of visiting Darlison Court to meet the residents and see their masterpieces taking pride of place on the Walls.

Miss Dalby, who led the project for National said, “We were pleased to be invited to support this project, and naturally agreed to help. The academy tries to encourage students to get involved with their community as part of their personal development - this was a chance to demonstrate the wealth of talent amongst our students and the key values we instil into every individual at National.

A number of individuals volunteered to get involved and were keen to display their artistic talents and support these local residents. Twelve talented students gave their time and energy to the project, giving up lunchtimes and working after the academy day on some superb pieces of artwork.

The finished canvasses were installed at the end of July, and we were delighted to be invited here by Ashfield District Council to see them on the walls – every single one looks superb and we are pleased to have been given this fabulous opportunity. It was also great to meet with some of the residents of Darlison Court and see how pleased they are with the finished pictures.”

Paul Parkinson, Director of Housing & Assets at Ashfield District Council said, “The artwork is a wonderful way of decorating our award winning housing facility. It’s fantastic to see local students getting involved in the community producing artwork to put a smile on the resident’s faces. We also look forward to future projects involving the school and residents”.