Norwich pupils create wonderful works of art out of recycled materials

Pupils from Orange Class at Harford Manor School with the mannequin they have made into art at an ex

Pupils from Orange Class at Harford Manor School with the mannequin they have made into art at an exhibition Waste Not Want Not at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Inspired by the phrase Waste Not Want Not, a talented group of pupils has created wonderful works of art from an array of recycled materials.

Sam Greenwood, 16, from Harford Manor School with some of the school's artwork made from recycled it

Sam Greenwood, 16, from Harford Manor School with some of the school's artwork made from recycled items, at an exhibition Waste Not Want Not at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Everything from an owl made from coconut hair, seeds and felt to a sculpture covered in stamps to a bird created from donated wood features in the exhibition of work by Harford Manor School pupils currently at the Forum

There are about 85 ingenious creations in the Waste Not Want Not Exhibition, and they are by young people aged five to 19.

Paul Eteson, headteacher of the Norwich school for pupils with complex needs, said: 'It is a fantastic example of the creativity of the young people at our school.

'We like to ensure our students are integrally involved in the community, and the opportunity for them to display what they have done in our wider Norwich community is wonderful.


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'It's a positive affirmation that students with learning difficulties can achieve things, and I am really keen to explore that at every opportunity.'

He added: 'It is a celebration for our students, and we have had dozens of comments talking about how creative and expressive our students are.'

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As well as praising the pupils for their brilliant work, Mr Eteson also thanked high-level teaching assistant Sally Hannant for her drive and enthusiasm which has helped to make the exhibition a reality.

Mrs Hannant said: 'The young people have worked very hard to produce some wonderful pieces and the reception from the public has been marvellous.'

She added that as well as creating art the pupils had also been learning about the value of recycling.

She said lots of the artwork had already been snapped up, but that there was still some artwork available to buy at the exhibition.

The Waste Not Want Not exhibition – which follows on from a previous exhibition by the school called What A Load Of Rubbish – runs until tomorrow. Some Harford Manor School pupils will also have artwork featured in another exhibition at the Forum on Friday which is part of the launch of Trust Norfolk SEN.

Do you have a Norwich arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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