What makes Sunnyhill Tick?
When the children of Sunnyhill Primary School unanimously request for more art, the staff listened and ‘Art Week’ was born. This term the school have developed a visual arts project working with DOLPH, a local artist-run initiative. Since 2014 DOLPH has been staging a programme of exhibitions and talks from its space behind Sainsbury’s Local in Streatham Hill. Over the years. DOLPH’s Natasha Kahn and Paul Cole have worked with both prominent artists, as well as emerging talents, and the project at Sunnyhill will see them working with their youngest artists yet.
The DOLPH project focuses on artists’ ideas and motivations. All artists are set a brief, which asks them to put together an exhibition based on what makes them tick. The result offers an insight into their creative process. Keeping the core, emotional focus of the DOLPH brief intact, the Sunnyhill children will be tasked with making a new artwork that communicates their feelings and emotions. The project, called ‘What Makes Sunnyhill Tick?’ will take part over the term and the children will each produce an artwork about something that is important or inspires them - an object, person, activity or an ambition. That’s the easy bit. The hard part of the brief is that the artwork should not only communicate what that ‘thing’ is, but also needs to tell the audience how they feel about it.
At the end of term the school will become a gallery, complete with maps and guides made by the children for family and friends to visit and view all the finished artworks.
DOLPH’s Natasha Kahn and Paul Cole will be working with classes and doing workshops with the children aided by Sunnyhill staff, who have not only led the project, but wholeheartedly embraced it. The school gallery will be limited to parents and carers, but DOLPH will be organising a public exhibition of selected works at venues along Streatham High Road later in the year.
DOLPH would like to thank both the children and staff of Sunnyhill Primary School for their enthusiasm and commitment to this project, which shows there is plenty of artistic talent in Streatham!
Next DOLPH exhibition in March features Paul McDevitt.
DOLPH, ASC Studios, 47c Streatham Hill, London SW2 4TS
By Tash Kahn