Pupils win top spot for art project

By Contributor in Education

STUDENTS from Shebbear College have created a prize-winning art project in a bid to support a local homeless charity.

Pupils created artwork highlighting the crisis faced by homeless people in the local community and the piece is currently on display as part of the Annual Schools Exhibition at the Burton Art Gallery in Bideford.

In a proactive bid to help local homeless people in a practical way, the pupils decided to install a collection box next to the sculpture where visitors to the exhibition were able to donate food items in support of Bideford-based charity Harbour.

The charity, started in 2010, aims to promote social inclusion for public benefit in the Bideford area of Torridge and to relieve the needs of those people who are socially excluded and to assist them to integrate into society.

Its immediate intention is to develop a community centre for the socially excluded in Bideford. Research into homelessness in Bideford indicated the need for a drop-in centre. Harbour is a safe place for anyone over the age of 16 who is disadvantaged and socially excluded from society. It is run entirely by volunteers, relying solely on donations and goodwill.

A number of Shebbear pupils won individual prizes for their artwork and Shebbear College was chosen by The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies as the overall winner of the exhibition this year.

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