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In 2010, Martin Parr was commissioned to develop a new public art work for St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Bristol. The commission for the school featured a large frieze of images, a giant photo work for the schools exterior space, a digital screen near the school’s entrance, and this newspaper published for every child. 38 of the 40 pages are images made by Parr.
As part of the development commissioned Arnolfini Contemporary Arts Centre to develop a new public art work for the school, working closely with an appointed artist, the school development team comprising the school head, governors, staff, pupils, contractors, architects and other key stakeholders. The artist selected for the commission was Bristol based artist Martin Parr. Parr who began work in early 2010 has been working closely with Arnolfini and the school team. The commission has focused on a transitional year in the life of the school. As Parr has stated: “It was very exciting to document the school during such an important year – one in which it moved into the new building (funded as part of the Labour government’s Building Schools for the Future initiative). Clearly, the students responded well to this vote of confidence in the school, the staff and the pupils. I feel very proud that such a positive and well run establishment can be part of the state education system run by and I hope my photos do it justice by showing the momentum and heart of the school as well as describing this important year of change.” The commission for the school features a number of permanent and temporary works.
Signed by Martin Parr