Tales of – Legends With Legs exhibition inaugurated at the Cittadella
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Legends With Legs – an exhibition of work by Year 5 students attending Gozo College Victoria Primary School, also known as the `Happy School,’ was inaugurated on Friday evening at the Cittadella Cultural Centre in Victoria.
The pieces on display in the exhibition were completed by the students over the past months during a Kreattiv Project.
The children had the opportunity to express themselves through art, but in an environment without books, tables and chairs, uniform or bell ringing – in fact, through the experience of an immersive workshop, held at the Gozo Visual and Performing Arts School – Xewkija.
They discovered Gozitan legends, which they then retold to others through art, music, drama and movement.
Educators who led this project chose three Gozitan legends – Sansuna, the Gaw Gaw and Atlantis – and rewrote them into modern English, as well as making them suitable for younger audiences.
The legends went on to form the basis of three workshops, which were also documented by videos. Eventually a short film was produced for each story completed by the individual student groups.
The films were shown at Friday’s inauguration, together with nine pieces of art, three from each group, that the children created during the project.
The School said that this project has offered a unique experience for their students and clearly demonstrated that children, when given space and opportunity, are able to go beyond their expectations.
Present for the inauguration, were the Minister for Gozo Dr. Justyne Caruana, who is also a parent of two students attending this school and Dr. Denise Mifsud Principal of Gozo College, who expressed high praise for the initiative and reiterated that such experiences serve to teach children to be more creative and imaginative.
Also in attendance was the Head of school Mr. Lelio Spiter together with the with Assistant Heads.
The exhibition is open to the public from Saturday, the 2nd of December, until the 7th of January – Monday to Sunday 9am-3pm.
Legends with Legs was approved by the Kreattiv funding programme – within the Arts Council Malta.
Photos and video of the inauguration by Joe Grech – Videos of the three legends by the Gozo Visual and Performing Arts School