General Election Artist Inspires Festival Art Installation

The artist who inspired this year’s Kingston International Youth Arts Festival installation project has been announced as ‘Official Artist of the General Election.’

While Cornelia Parker, who is famous for blowing things up, is creating a piece of work that will be added to the parliamentary art collection, children at Alexandra School in Kingston upon Thames will be developing their own collective work ‘Superhuman‘ to be displayed at the Rose Theatre café.

Sixty Year 3 children will present two visual art installations about identity. The central work will be an exploding and suspended sculpture inspired by Parker’s work Cold Dark Matter. Each child will choose an object that has significant meaning to them and all 60 objects will be hung together. A second installation will include a written element, where the children write to the future on long strips of paper.

Kate Andrews, the local artist working with the children, is founder of Sketch Better, and has been working with Alexandra School in Kingston, for over a year, empowering the school children to express themselves through the visual arts.

Festival director Andy Currums said: “It’s fantastic for these children to see that what they are creating is so relevant in today’s society. Cornelia Parker’s appointment as Official Artist of the 2017 General Election firmly places the power of the arts in contemporary society and young people will themselves be inspired by that.

The work will be exhibited at the Rose Theatre café, Kingston for the duration of the festival 7th -16th July 2017. The full festival programme will be revealed on 4th May.

Picture: Cold Dark Matter by Cornelia Parker.