Celebrating the ability of art to not only teach creativity, but to encourage debate and critical thinking, students from St Augustine’s Priory in Ealing will be unveiling their interpretation of Picasso’s famous Guernica mural at this year’s Summer Arts Evening on 1 July.
The renowned artist originally created the iconic mural in 1937 following the bombing of Guernica, a Basque Country village in northern Spain, during World War 2. The piece has since been seen as a reminder of the atrocities and consequences of war. A life-sized tapestry of the mural was created in 1955 and was recently at the forefront of a debating chamber where the audience were given the opportunity to discuss the implications of war.
The students will be recreating this in a performed debate at the event, surrounded by their Guernica interpretation, which is comprised of 40 individual panels. Using it as a mechanism to bring members of the community together, the Year 9 students will also invite parents and guests to join in the conversation.
Alongside this, the evening will see students present a book of poetry, featuring an eclectic collection of their most inspiring work, and a poetry reading by Faber New Poet, Tom Warner. Musical and dramatic performances by students and a showcase of their GCSE and A-Level art work will also accompany the Guernica exhibition and poetry readings.