The artist Rachel Gadsden came into school to work with our year 8 and 9 pupils on a bust (head) of the Liverpool born anti-slavery abolitionist, human rights activist and pioneer for disability rights Edward Rushton (b.1756- d.1814).
The disability arts organisation Dadafest delivered a presentation on Rushton and then Rachel led the practical arts workshop. The pupils worked with polysterene heads, modrock, paint and gold leaf to produce stunning representations of Rushton which are currently on display at the Bluecoat Art Gallery Liverpool as part of Gadsden’s Al Noor – Fragile Vision exhibition.
Al Noor-Fragile Vision is a multi-cultural art collaboration between UK and Middle East communities and arts organisations. Through this Gadsden aims are to focus upon perceptions of disability and to empower other people to find a voice to challenge prejudices.
Rachel Gadsden exhibits internationally and works across the mainstream and disability art sectors. Her commissions include a year long appointment and major solo exhibition as the first contemporary artist in residence at Hampton Court Palace, the ‘first’ artist for Parliamentary Outreach for the Rethink Parliament General Election project where she worked in the Palace of Westminster and an ongoing commitment, as artist, for WheelPower UK at Stoke Mandeville.
Our pupils really enjoyed working with Rachel and we hope she can find the time to visit us again.
Visit the gallery Celebrating Edward Rushton
Follow us on Twitter @StVincentsL12