Hoardings at Borough Market have been covered by a large artwork created by art students at Blackheath High School.
Students aged 11 to 15 have contributed to the artwork, which focuses on the provision of fresh, healthy food in this historic setting. The young artists visited the market in May to make drawings of the stall-holders in action and to get a feel for why the market attracts up to a million visitors a year. Their visit inspired over 200 individual paintings, drawings and prints which have been collated into a single digital image covering 20 8ft x 4ft boards.
"By involving Blackheath High School students in this project, we've been able to build on the market's heritage of supporting education about food and health," says Borough Market Chief Executive, Simone Crofton. "As a charity, Borough Market has a strong educational and health agenda and is currently planning to open a food school on the market site to help teach children about food and healthy eating and the importance of quality produce.'
The new school, situated opposite Southwark Cathedral, will provide classrooms for school groups, cooking courses and an opportunity for young people to be introduced to the employment possibilities in the food sector.
"Our students are incredibly excited about their work being on display at the market," says Michael Grant, head of art at Blackheath High School. "Being chosen for such a project is an acknowledgement of the high standard of work they produce and shows how highly it is regarded.