MRLA at Falmouth Art Gallery

For their part in the Max Reinhardt Literacy Awards, Falmouth Art Gallery undertook a project with Year Nine students from Penryn College. 

The project consisted of a series of writing and art workshops inspired by Falmouth Art Gallery’s automata collection and the theme of dystopian future in literature. Author Mac Dunlop, Penryn College teachers Beth Sullivan and Linda Herring, and Charlotte Davis and Tony Johns of Falmouth Art Gallery worked with the students both at the college and at the gallery exploring different techniques.

The resulting sculptures, artwork and writing were then re-worked and edited by the boys to create a book, The Road to Automata.

Mac Dunlop said: "I hope this book illustrates the great potential in the boys’ creative writing and in their unique visual concepts. I am very proud to have worked with these students, and I’ve learnt a great deal from the exchange."

Tony Johns, workshop facilitator with the gallery, added: "The students turned what was essentially landfill material into some amazing robot sculptures and automata. The materials and making process then sparked their stories. They were a fantastically creative group who were a pleasure to work with."

Penryn College's Linda Henry, said: "The boys enjoyed the practical aspect of making automata and their visit to Falmouth Art Gallery. The follow-up sessions allowed their imagination to have free rein, with the result that some very creative writing and interesting artwork has been achieved. Thank you to everyone involved."

Click here to view a PDF of The Road to Automata

Click here to reurn to the 2014-15 Max Reinhardt Literacy Awards Project page



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