Students from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and St Thomas’ C of E Primary School, Hillgate, joined Councillor Wendy Wild and Merseyway Centre Manager, Brendan Webb on Monday (18 September) to officially unveil a work of art which celebrates the local heritage and community of Stockport.
Pupils at both schools created silk paintings of Stockport, past, present and future including historical buildings, natural landscapes and other popular local attractions during workshops run by a team of skilled community artists.
The artwork was then used to create a heritage montage which has been displayed along the shopping centre’s outside staircase.
Brendan Webb, Centre Manager at Merseyway said “Merseyway Shopping Centre is proud of its heritage and our role in continuing to attract new visitors to Stockport. The Celebrating Stockport art project has transformed a well-used staircase at the centre into something eye-catching and vibrant which creatively showcases the fantastic attractions and buildings the town has to offer.
“We’re absolutely thrilled with the final piece of artwork which is testament to the brilliant work by the pupils from both schools and a great example of what can be achieved by working collaboratively with the local community.”
“This is a stunning piece of artwork that celebrates many of the things that make Stockport such a unique and wonderful place. Well done to all of the children who have worked so hard to create these beautiful pictures, they look great and have transformed the Merseyway staircase,” commented Wendy Wild, Deputy Leader of Stockport Council.
Jane Evans, School Business Manager at St Thomas’ Church of England Primary School added: “As the oldest free school in Stockport we at St Thomas’ Primary School, Hillgate, are extremely proud to be part of the rich heritage of the town. As a school, we ensure that all our children are aware of the importance of Stockport as a town, its rich heritage and their roles as positive citizens of it. Therefore, we are delighted to have been a part of this wonderful project which we believe adds even more to the exciting regeneration of Stockport town centre.”
Anne Hamilton, Headteacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School said: “At St Joseph’s we are always keen for our pupils to be involved in community projects so we were absolutely delighted to be asked to take part in one such as this which explored Stockport’s rich cultural assets and how these could be showcased creatively. The resulting artwork is very engaging and a real credit to the pupils.”