Cobblers celebrated in community arts project

The dancers at the celebration for What a Load of Cobblers held at the County Ground
The dancers at the celebration for What a Load of Cobblers held at the County Ground

An art project exploring Northamptonshire’s cultural identity has culminated in a celebration with music and dance.

Based at Boughton Primary School, the ‘What a Load of Cobblers’ project produced a specially commissioned, 30 metre bespoke piece of public art for the school, and music and dance pieces from local organisations enabling them to gain a prestigious Discover Arts Award.

The digital projection

The digital projection

Using Boughton Primary School as a hub for the project, iPad artist, Jason Wilsher-Mills worked with pupils from Boughton, Walgrave and Pitsford primary schools.

Focussing on the cultural identity of the county, especially the boot and shoe industry, and social inclusion, the project involved successfully obtaining a grant for £17,500 from the Arts Council which allowed each of the schools and community groups to work with the artist.

Jason helped the groups, including Teamwork Trust, Oakley Grange Day Centre and Northagate School Arts College, to create digital art images using iPad art techniques using an app called Brushes, which were projected on a backdrop at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club at the evening of dance, music and celebration.