Windows, Walls and Wishes

Arts Project inspired by London 2012 and the rowing events that took place at Eton College Rowing Centre 2011 - 2012

Exhibition of Work

The ideas and concepts for the project were based upon the spiritual aspect of the Olympic / Paralympic Games. Where dreams and aspirations can come true. Where ordinary people young and old can come together and be part of a once in a lifetime event. This experience can help to transform them and their communities. Working in the Burnham Cluster of schools we strove to make work in collaboration to reflect the following:

Windows: Our local community and country was a window on the world as the 2012 Games came to London and the rowing events were held at Dorney Lake Rowing Centre.

Walls: Where we can hang our dreams and aspirations in the form of visual images and sculpture.

Wishes: Our hopes, dreams, aspirations can be made manifest in our artworks, writing, film, photography and installations.

He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

William Butler Yeats

This was the first exhibition of work for the 2012 Visual Arts Project carried out by MONA LISA Arts & Media working with professional artists in the Burnham Cluster of Schools. The exhibition included three sculptural installations, short film, Burnham Olympic Flag, Community Wishes Vitrine, photography and text.

We held the interim exhibition in the Dropmore Room in Burnham Park Hall on 6th April 2011 attended by approximately 250 people including head teachers, teachers and school children who came along to view their work. They worked with artists Rhonda Fenwick, Gina Martin, Dawn Carroll and Suzanne O'Donnell beginning in October 2010 - the schools and Youth Group we have worked with were as follows:-

Dropmore Primary School & St Nicolas's C of E Combined School with artist and Sculptor Dawn Carroll, Lent Rise Combined School and Burnham Grammar School with artist and film-maker Rhonda Fenwick, St Peter's C of E Combined School and Dorney County Primary School with artist and sculptor Gina Martin, Transformers Youth Group with textile artist Suzanne O'Donnell and artist and film-maker Rhonda Fenwick.

Windows Walls & Wishes project continued until the end of the Olympic / Paralympic Games in 2012 and included more schools and youth groups in the community. In early 2012 we held an exhibition of work in Taplow Court, that was been carried out in the second part of the project during the Summer and Autumn terms 2011.

Finished sculptural installation at Dorney County Combined School
Close up images of Wish Boxes made at St Peter's C of E School