School Project for Oxfam displayed at Glastonbury Festival
Tuesday 20 June 2017
Pupils at Heartlands High School in Haringey will have their artwork seen by some of the world's biggest music stars backstage at Glastonbury (week 21-25 June). It is one of just 20 schools across the country chosen by Oxfam to take part in an art project to show support for refugee families. The young artists have spent weeks decorating a giant panel the size of a bus shelter before it was packed off to Worthy Farm in Somerset. Their panel will be displayed in the VIP area where headliners such as Ed Sheeran, Radiohead and Foo Fighters move between the festival’s main stages.
Tessa Hall, Head of Arts at Heartlands High School, said:
"Our students were greatly inspired by working on such an ambitious and high profile project, but most importantly, they really engaged with the project theme."
The art project is being organised by Oxfam as part of its Stand As One campaign to support some of the 65 million people – half of them children – forced from their homes due to conflict and persecution. Oxfam is calling on the Government to make it easier for refugee families to overcome separation and reunite in the UK.
Schoolchildren were asked to use their imagination to draw on the theme of separated families in their artwork. They were free to use paints or to decorate the panel with items sewn onto the fabric. All 20 panels were displayed at Oxfam's headquarters in Oxford before being transported to Glastonbury Festival.
Wiktoria Sniadowska, a pupil at Heartlands High School, age 15, said:
"I think that 'stand as one' is an important message because it shows unity and expresses the importance of not being judgemental; it also shows that we should respect everyone as we are all equal."
Josephine Liebl, Oxfam's policy advisor on refugees, said:
"These young artists are helping to deliver an important message to some of the world's most famous rock stars. We are facing the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War and families are often torn apart in the upheaval. Our Government can do much more to ensure that refugees have the best chances of reuniting with their loved ones in the UK."