art pupils create 'living display' outside Weston's Dismaland
and staff from Highbridge's King Alfred School took a trip to
Weston last week to create a piece of performance artwork outside
art pupils are working on a variety of individual projects which
explore the theme of journeys and internal and external spaces,
and the role of public art in society.
were hoping to queue and get into Dismaland as a collective but
unfortunately there were no tickets available on the door and
every effort to purchase tickets or arrange a school trip beforehand
Amato, head of art at King Alfred School, said: "To avoid
'disappointment', the pupils decided to explore the idea of 'displacement'
and 'selection' and to extend the work inside Dismaland to a public
added: "The students responded to Banksys notion of
where art is placed and its consequent impact. In a recent interview,
Banksy described his own disappointment as he heard a member of
the public commenting on Ben Longs work, saying Does
it do anything? simply because it was sited in a bemusement
suggested that a response to this work inside a gallery would
have been different. Pupils created ironic responses and parodies
of Banksys artwork while moving through the town to anarchic
acts. They played with the satire of Banksys work
by wearing anonymous masks and handing out obscured images of
publics response was fantastic and many people thought our
procession was part of the Dismaland experience, which created
a buzz with students and members of the public and a real life
happening in the centre of Weston-Super-Mare."
realise that not all schools could be accommodated by school trips
offered, so rather than the pupils missing out on being a part
of the global event, they decided to become part of it instead!"
is an iconic local influence to our students, and pupils wanted
to create a live response to his concepts in homage, and were
hoping that organisers and staff would be enthused, amused and
get involved with the ambitious tongue in cheek response of our
young, talented contemporary artists."