St Pauls School 'Looping the Loop'
St Pauls is a small independent school in the heart of Balsall Heath that supports young people who have experienced difficulties in main stream education. They provide a welcoming environment for pupils and students aged 9 to post 16 who have emotional, social and/or health difficulties and special educational needs.
Over June to August 2017, St Paul's took part in Sidney Nolan Trust's joint collaboration with Ikon Gallery Birmingham, supported by the Arts Connect Partnership Investment Fund. This project was titled 'Looping the Loop' and involved attending three workshops, one here at The Rodd and two at Ikon Gallery and on the Ikon's Slow Boat on the canal.
Four pupils from St Pauls arrived at The Rodd on 14th June and stayed the night enabling them to take part in two days of activities. The main workshop was with Dan 'Newso' Lickiss. He taught the art of spray painting, with reference to Sidney Nolan's techniques and art that they had observed in the Nolan exhibition at Ikon and here at Sidney's studio.
At the end of the first day the group rode on the tractor trailer up to Rodd Wood to collect green wood stems, then visited the local town of Presteigne, and finished off with an evening BBQ sitting out under the Rodd's new event shelter.
On their second day the group practiced some green wood work, and worked hard to make and complete a woven compost bin for the farmhouse.