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Carved Oak welcome Archway, Sage pupil referral unit, Pembroke.
Working with the staff and children at the pupil referral unit ‘SAGE’ in Pembroke we designed, carved, painted and installed a welcome archway.

The group of 4 children and 5 adults worked intensely for a series of five half-day sessions to create this welcome archway.

The resulting work has enlivened their environment and given a strong positive feeling through working together as a team on a creative project.

Painting the carvings ‘brought them alive’

Installing the archway
Working with Rick Walton of Pembrokeshire Landscape Services and the staff and pupils of Sage, we dug two holes to set in the Oak sleepers that will support the Archway.

Bolted the Arch together and raised it up into position for it to be securely fixed in place.

A celebration event was held on the 8th March at 'Sage' in Pembroke for a year long arts project during which the Pembrokeshire Youth Offending Team successfully engaged over 40 young people in a wide range of arts workshops including graffiti art, film making, sculpture, ceramics, screen printing and music.

The young people at Sage took part in several workshops and came up with ideas to visually enhance their school environment. They worked with local artists to build sculptural seating made out of driftwood, a wood carved entrance archway and large graffiti art panels.

Many of the young people involved in the project are either within the youth justice system or at risk of becoming so and of becoming NEET, (not in education, employment or training). The project has been a very positive way of engaging young people in creative activities where they learn new skills, improving their confidence and self esteem and giving them a sense of pride in improving their environment.


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