In partnership with the Bristol based Heritage Education providers, My Future My Choice a new display of hand crafted boats made by Bristol school children was launched at the RWA on 18 June as part of the Learning Ships; Building Boats Project.
The project sees secondary school children working together to build 30 miniature ships. It co-incides with the current The Power of the Sea exhibition, which the students drew inspiration from during the first stages of the project.
The boats will be launched into Bristol’s Harbourside as part of a special event on 5th July.
The project uses the floating harbour and tidal regions of the Avon and Severn Estuary to deliver a unique art, design and technology activity, that will include a series of learning sessions to engage students in Bristol’s maritime history, as well as activities designed to equip students with the skills needed to build their one meter long vessels.
The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and underlines the RWA’s commitment to engaging the local community in the visual arts, inspiring creativity and developing their knowledge of the local environment.