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From Jingde to Barnsley

Boats 2

Jingde is a city known as the porcelain capital of China. The best quality pottery has been made there for over 1700 years. Some of that pottery has provided the inspiration for this project.

During June, we spent a week at Cannon Hall working with the children of Hoyland Common Primary School who were spending their Art Week there. The children looked at the patterns found on the Chinese porcelain in Cannon Hall's library. They also learned about the Grand Tours that gentlemen undertook in Georgian times and how they would have discovered wonderful places and brought home beautiful works of art. With this in mind, and with our help, the children made a sculpture and a piece of music.

The sculpture consists of dozens of origami boats. Each child made a boat and decorated it with the patterns they saw on the porcelain. The flotilla is sailing the waters of an imaginary sea marked out by the patterns that the children found on the library's huge Persian rug.

The children then composed mini soundscapes recreating the sounds of the gardens depicted on the porcelain, particularly the wares decorated with the famous ‘Willow Pattern’. They played a variety of instruments including cymbals, chimes and bird whistles.

The project is part of ‘Museums and Schools’, an initative funded by Arts Council England.

Exhibition runs throughout the Summer Holidays
Cannon Hall Museum, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT
Open Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm
FREE ENTRY

For further details about visiting the exhibition please contact Cannon Hall Museum on:
Telephone 01226 790270
Email: cannonhall@barnsley.gov.uk

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