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Posted 19.03.15

Student Sam Akroyd collaborates with free school to help document local community

By Sarah Packer

BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking student Sam Akroyd hosted an all day workshop for the Plymouth School of Creative Arts (PSCA) students last week as part of his ongoing documentation of Bretonside.

Sam has been working with the PSCA students since December on his Bretonside project – which looks to capture the history of the structure and its residents before it is demolished – working with the students to create objects, drawings and paintings.

Last week the children spent a day exploring the past, present and future of Bretonside through the lens of Art, History, Maths, Geography and Literacy.

One of their tasks was to make clay reliefs, students responded to the space by pressing the clay on to small elements of the structure that showed shape, form and texture.

These will then be fired and assembled by Sam to be part of his exhibition.

The students also got the chance to meet Christian Gale, a local sound artist collaborating with Sam on the Bretonside project to record an environmental portraiture through sound.

Sound artist Christian Gale and Sam Akroyd

People walking through Bretonside on the day often stopped to talk to Sam about what was going on and expressed great support for his project, which goes to show the importance of the work he is doing and the effect it is having on the community. 

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