Romans Field School
Myth or Reality?
7 April – 1 May 2011
Private View: Thursday 7 April, 6 - 7.30pm, All welcome
The pupils of Romans Field School in Bletchley present an exhibition of film, sculpture and mixed media work created in response to Gerard Byrne’s recent exhibition, Case Study: Loch Ness (Some possibilities and problems), 2001 – 2011.
Byrne’s work, which explored the myth of the Loch Ness Monster through photography, film and installation, inspired pupils to search through their camera lenses for 'monsters', disguised in the shapes of trees and natural forms in local woodland. Fuelled by Milton Keynes’ very own myth, the legend of Linford Wood, pupils worked with The Parks Trust to create a series of Land Art-inspired objects depicting ancient mythical creatures. Finally, the group teamed up with filmmaker Matt Loades to produce a short film, revealing their sculptures ‘in situ’, with the words of the Linford Wood legend read out as a voice-over.
Wayne Marshall, Head Teacher of Romans Field School said, “While this exciting project helps the children develop their imagination it also includes them in the wider community. They can appreciate the world around them and explore the rich history of Milton Keynes through creativity and art.”
Emma Fry, Head of Learning at MK Gallery said, “We are delighted to be showing this work by pupils from Romans Field School. Their exhibition and this project is a perfect example of the way MK Gallery Project Space can encourage creative partnerships and collaborations between educators, artists, local residents and organisations.”
This exhibition was co-ordinated by Cathy McCartney, Arts Specialist Teacher at Romans Field School, working in collaboration with MK Gallery, The Parks Trust and filmmaker Matt Loades.