Hornsby House is an independent school for 4-11 year olds in Balham, while Lark Hall is a state primary school in Stockwell. This was the first project in an ongoing partnership between the schools. It was hosted by social enterprise company Progress London, specialists in art and horticulture community ventures. The creative process was led by a group of local professional artists, including Vesna Parchet, Joe Fur, Krom Bagelsky and Barry Reigate.
The theme of the Bigger Picture was “A journey from Balham to Stockwell”, reflecting the route along the Northern Line from one school to the other. Six large panels of artwork were created and these will now be shared between the two schools to celebrate the partnership.
The launch event took place at The Workshop, a community and events workspace in the heart of Lambeth. It was attended by children who took part, as well as their families, teachers, school governors, representatives of Progress London and the artists who led the project.
Mark Peters, Deputy Head of Hornsby House, said: “Some exceptional artwork was produced in the Bigger Picture project. More importantly, though, it brought our schools closer together, giving the children the chance to meet each other and work collaboratively.”
Gary Nichol, Head Teacher of Lark Hall, said: “The Bigger Picture project was such a positive experience for both our school and Hornsby House. It shows the benefits for all concerned of independent and state schools working together.”