Kreattiv Art Installation at GC Secondary School – Birds on a Wire
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The Gozo College Secondary School unveiled its Kreattiv Project last month – a new art installation. An Open Day was also organised for year 9 and 10 students and their parents.
The event was held was under the patronage of the Ambassador for UNESCO His Excellency, Mgr. Joe Vella Gauci.
The Kreattiv programme aims at bringing together creative practitioners and school teachers to work together with students on artistic projects. In the case of GC College Secondary School, it was artist Austin Camilleri who engaged with the school and worked on a project entitled 'Birds on a Wire'
The idea was to involve as many students as possible in the creation of a flock of birds, made from wire, and eventually exhibit these birds in an installation or mobile as an evidence of the artistic process involved in their creation.
Maria Buttigieg, Assistant Head of School took the project under her wing, coordinating and following in its progress. There was also a blog which complimented the process by providing visuals of the students during the creation of the individual birds.
The unveiling ceremony, which started with the presentations of certificates to students, consisted of performance of dancing, singing and literature narration, which were intertwined with speeches by the distinguished guests.
In his speech the Ambassador for UNESCO highlighted the importance of education. The Minister for Gozo Dr. Anton Refalo sent his message to the students and the school staff for the occasion.
Other addresses were delivered by Victor Galea, Gozo College Principal, Tereza Camilleri, Head of School, Lino Xerri, Head of Department Art and Austin Camilleri.
This art installation follows another art project, which consisted of a large scale mural, painted with the help of the school students in collaboration with the American Embassy.