Leaping Leverets Take Their Place helping Norfolk Students to consider their future

30 schools and colleges around Norfolk have been busy painting their leaping leverets. The project has been facilitated and funded by the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco) through their Take Your Place programme and forms part of the larger Break Charity GoGoCreate education project in Norfolk.

 Artist Genevieve Rudd helping students at East Norfolk 6th Form paint their leveret

Artist Genevieve Rudd helping students at East Norfolk 6th Form paint their leveret

Each GoGoHare large sculpture is decorated by a different artist and sponsored by local businesses while the leaping leverets are painted by Norfolk schools and communities. The decorated hares and leverets are sent to Hare HQ and become part of a trail of GoGoHare sculptures around Norwich and Norfolk and 163 leaping leverets around Norwich.

 City Academy Norwich

City Academy Norwich

Pete Maron, GoGoCreate Coordinator, said of the collaboration, “The Take Your Place involvement has enabled many more schools and colleges across the County to take part in our learning programme for GoGoHares 2018. This type of project has always traditionally attracted mostly primary and middle schools, so it is so lovely to see how GoGoCreate has had a really positive creative impact to many year 9 and year 12 neaco students throughout our region as well.

 Northgate High School

Northgate High School

“The students have relished this fantastic opportunity provided by Take Your Place and Break to take part. The level of artwork submitted to date has been amazing and the support from the Take Your Place Arts Champions Jodie Marr and Annabel Osborn has been brilliant. We are really looking forward to showcasing all the incredible decorated leverets in Norwich this summer alongside the larger Hare sculptures.’

Jodie, Take Your Place Art Champion said  “being part of the GoGoCreate project has helped students to understand how the creative industries work as well as showing the routes from school to higher education opportunities such as university, college and apprenticeships.”

At City Academy Norwich, art teachers incorporated the GoGo project into their BTEC teaching. This has involved combining research into the artists involved with the project, with practical skills in modelling Modroc and finally painting the leverets with flair and creativity.

City Academy Norwich teacher Miss Mason said, “One group of students is using the work of artist Rex Ray for inspiration, while the other group are using constellations and cosmology. The students really get a feel for being part of a wider project as they first plan their design and complete it, then replicate it onto the leverets.”

As GoGoAmbassadors, Take Your Place organised local artist Genevieve Rudd to go into schools and help students paint their leverets.

 Thomas Clarkson students with their leveret

Thomas Clarkson students with their leveret

Genevieve, said of her time with students in Cliff Park Ormiston Academy and East Norfolk Sixth Form, “I'm an ex-student of East Norfolk and I was the first in my family to go to university. Many of these students will also be the first in their families to go to higher education. I had some really interesting conversations about their perceptions of university and the value of studying creative subjects. As a local reelance artis-facilitator, I hope that working with the students has inspired them to follow their own creative ambitions through higher education.”

 Paston 6th Form

Paston 6th Form

Norwich University of the Arts also forms part of the trail by hosting three leverets on its campus painted by neaco schools Thetford Academy, Sprowston Community Academy and Ormiston Victory Academy. The leveret trail is open from 2 July to 2 September.

As part of the celebrations and trail display, Norwich University of the Arts is holding two day-workshops/drop-in sessions open to the public. The workshops will be delivered by local art organisation ArtPocket on 30 July and 6 August at NUA, Duke Street Building.

This project is brought to Norwich by Norfolk children’s charity Break in partnership with Wild in Art, and the main trails go live on 24 June until 8 September.

About Take Your Place and neaco

The Take Your Place programme is delivered by the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco), which aims to increase the number of young people from underrepresented backgrounds in higher education and degree level apprenticeships by 2020. neaco is a consortium of five universities and eight further education colleges across East Anglia and is one of 29 consortia across England which together form the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP).