Pupils have been honoured to make an artistic contribution to Walsall Council’s 100 anniversary commemorations of the end of the First World War. The pupils were invited to produce a piece of art using any medium which depicted their interpretation of the time between the start and end of the Great War. The only boundaries set were the size of the canvas provided and the need for the work to be completed by the 26th of October.
On accepting this challenge the art department received two canvasses: one to be drawn or painted, the other using fabric to create their impression. The pupils chose as their subject John Edward Gravenor, who died fighting bravely in 1916. In 2016, John’s great niece discovered what had happened to her relative after she turned detective: he was killed at the age of 26 during fierce fighting in Greece.
You can find out more about John here:
It was the pupils’ idea to find a solider that represented the local area. It’s so important for our pupils to connect with the histories of their families and the local community.
The finished works were displayed at a ceremony on Barr Beacon itself, led by the Mayor of Walsall on 9th November. The artwork was prominently featured on the rotunda around the war memorial, facing the stage. They were also displayed at the service in the centre of town on Remembrance Sunday, November 11th.
The pupils who were involved are: K Evans, S Deol, D Hawkins.