21st Jan, 2022

Allesley Primary School celebrates Coventry's diversity with help of city artist Collins Sarfo

PUPILS at Allesley Primary School welcomed an artist to help celebrate the diverse range of cultures in the city.

African-born Collins Sarfo, who now lives in Coventry, brought with him an inspiring exhibition of his work for staff and students alike to enjoy.

He also worked with Key Stage 2 children to learn more about African culture and slavery.

An art workshop was held with each class where pupils learnt what inspires Collins and his art and how it could be a career, not just a hobby.

The children also invited their parents into school to visit the exhibition, promoting the city’s proud diversity in the process.

Mrs Shenton, art and DT Leader and Coventry City of Culture Champion at Allesley Primary School, said everyone wanted to say a huge thank you to Collins for such a wonderful experience and wish him all the best with his exhibition tour.

“Our staff and pupils have been moved by Collins’ emotional insight into African history and the importance of acceptance and tolerance in the diverse world we live in today.

“They have been inspired by his passion for art and the world around him – and understand how a passion can become a career.

“It has been wonderful to invite parents into school once again and allow them to experience what their children have been learning in school.”

Allesley is hoping other schools and settings to arrange their own exhibition to ensure more children in the city are given this important and rich learning experience.

Schools wanting to contact Collins for similar events can email him at Collinz.1818@outlook.com or wonyoart@yahoo.com

His work can be viewed and he can also be contacted via his Instagram (Sarf2_paintings).

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