In 2010 Horn Park Primary School invited Eelyn Lee to design and deliver their summer term Creativity Week. Eelyn invited every pupil, staff member and a volunteer parent group to bring a personal object in to school and share the story behind it. From teddy bears to bottles of sand; from African sculptures to a pair of diving goggles, each object had a fascinating story to tell which in turn tells a story of Horn Park and it's community.
During one week in May the whole school were creating work around their objects. Year 1 turned their objects in to a story-book; Year 6 told the stories of their objects in a patchwork quilt.
In collaboration with performance poet Adisa the Verbalizer, Eelyn worked closely with a group of parents and their children to make a series of film poems inspired by their objects. Each parent presented their film to a class of children and told the story behind their object. Children loved their parents coming in to the classroom and parents valued being an integral part of school-life.
"My kids thought my film was brilliant. They've been watching it over and over again. It's been important to them to see their mum produce something and come in to their classroom...” - Parent
Eelyn also worked in collaboration with photographer Natasha Caruana who photographed a selection of the objects for a specially designed website by Nic Wistreich.
The project was supported by Thomas Tallis School and marked the second Horn Park Creativity Week lead by Eelyn Lee.
Image Credit Top: Portraits of families by Natasha Caruana