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Art and Design sessions with glass artist Martin Donlin

In September 2009 St Edwards merged with Bishop Bilsborrow to become The Divine Mercy RC Primary School. Children and staff from each school were involved in a number of creative art and design projects linked to the development of permanent artworks for their new school and the wider regeneration area.

Artists Martin Donlin and Lesley Fallais delivered a series of creative sessions with staff, parents and children from the two merging schools. The new school building design team, including the project architect and landscape architect, collaborated on a number of creative sessions. Other key partners including officers from Private Sector Housing and Manchester City Councils Planning Department also participated.

The workshops aimed to explore light and colour, giving examples of how glass is made and how it can be used to enhance public buildings. Adults and children had an opportunity to develop their own abstract designs and they played a key role in the selection of the final design concept for a large-scale piece of architectural glass created by Martin for the new school.