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Gallions Primary at RAW Labs

Submitted by Education on Mon, 12/02/2018 - 16:07

Sara Heywood worked with Year 2 pupils from Gallions Primary School on a series of workshops around their topic ‘Belonging and the Local Area’ during her Artist Residency at nearby RAW Labs.


Sara began by introducing the children to various mediums such as analogue photography, printing and construction to explore their connection to the local area. The children had the chance to create a series of cyanotype prints and build Victorian animation devices called zoetropes.


The children learnt about Sara’s own artistic practice and current projects before exploring her riverside studio space at RAW Labs in Royal Albert Wharf.

I have learnt that art is not just about drawing and painting it's also about 3D creating!

Year 2 pupil

Gallions Primary School staff also visited the studio to take part in a Teachers’ CPD session where they could try out some of the same techniques the children had learned through experimenting with the cyanotype process and creating their own prints.

The project culminated with a celebration event including an exhibition of all of the work created. Children invited their parents, carers and teachers to share their learning and to explore the exhibition.

I have realised how important it is to make the most of local projects like this. The support we have had from Sara and Bow Arts has been amazing. Incredible opportunity to try out new skills.

Year 2 Teacher


As teachers we have seen our most vulnerable children fully engage in the workshops with Sara which was just so fantastic to see.

Art Coordinator

As part of the residency Sara designed and built The Bird Hide, a site-specific installation on the dockside inspired by her time spent at RAW Labs. Go along to Royal Albert Wharf to see the installation and contemplate the world of birds and planes.

If you are interested in organising bespoke workshops or a studio visit for your school group please contact