Poole Britannia Celebration Day

After a wonderful Platinum Jubilee weekend, The Power House Poole invites the community and visitors to continue to come together, create and celebrate Her Majesty’s glorious 70-year reign and engage with local artists at a very special Celebration Day at Lighthouse on Saturday 25 June with interactive and creative arts activities offered for free.

The event for families and individuals of all ages opens the Poole Britannia exhibition of legacy artworks created by six Poole schools with established artists, commissioned by The Power House in association with Lighthouse.

At the Celebration Day, there’s an opportunity to participate in a ‘Mass’d Sing’ with Ali Sharpe to learn, record, and perform her Jubilee Song commissioned by The Power House as part of a repertoire of songs. Free places can be booked at the Ticket Office.

Also, the Federation of Hamworthy Primary Schools pupils will perform in their Creative Writing Open Mic with a film produced by their Drama Workshop screened in the Cinema – with thanks to CoCreate Dorset – and The Power House’s co-founder Rachel Huggett will offer other arts activities, including a chance to meet the artists either in person or recordings screened in the Cinema.  

As part of the exhibition, seven mosaic plaques created by 204 pupils and staff from the Federation of Hamworthy Primary Schools working with Bristol’s David Bowers will be on show. Inspired by 29 pupils’ shortlisted designs each mosaic celebrates a decade of Her Majesty’s reign.  

Headteacher Susannah Hill says: "We are absolutely delighted to begin to see our plans for celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee reveal themselves. Over the past few months, we have been working in partnership with The Power House Poole to develop a wide range of events and experiences that will not only celebrate the Jubilee but bring our local communities in Poole together.  
“At the end of our school project, the children are very excited that a cross section of their work will be displayed for a month at Lighthouse from the end of June, as this really does validate their beautiful work. We hope that the Platinum Jubilee celebrations will be remembered by the children for many years to come and we would like to thank everyone involved for making this possible - especially the Power House for securing the funding bid to enable this to happen."

Longfleet Primary School pupils have sculpted five exquisite Platinum Jubilee Globes. Led by The Clayshack the pupils were treated to a visit by former Poole Pottery Master Potter, Eddie Goodall, and Paintress Josephine Winzar who joined in, and chatted to the children about making pottery fit for a Queen.  

A Mosaic Portrait of the Queen is underway with local artist Amanda Waite using abstract designs created by art students through learning new arts techniques from Cornerstone Academy, Lytchett Minster School, and St Edward’s School. This piece has truly brought people together, as not only have students from different schools made connections they would not have normally, Amanda has collaborated with Claire Austin and The Power House’s co-founders Maureen La Frenais and Alix Digby-West.  

A key highlight is the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) Platinum Jubilee sari, featured in Her Majesty’s Jubilee Pageant. A unique 5.5 metre sari specially designed and crafted by fifteen students from AUB’s BA (Hons) Textiles course and features fun and formal icons synonymous with HM The Queen’s 70-year reign, including hand-drawn corgis, Buckingham Palace, and afternoon teas.  

Poole Britannia! curator Maureen La Frenais says: “We’re delighted that AUB's Platinum Jubilee Sari that was in the Queen’s Jubilee Pageant is part of our Poole Britannia! Exhibition.

“Her Majesty is revered for her love of the Commonwealth nations, and as The Power House Poole invites the community to commemorate our Queen's glorious 70-year reign together, the addition of this piece adds a broader cultural element connecting the global communities here in Poole and beyond to celebrate Her Majesty through creativity."

Photos of creative pieces produced by the community and from all The Power House Jubilee events will be sent as part of their Platinum Jubilee Gift to Her Majesty, and if you have a photo you have taken of the Queen, you are invited to share it with The Power House to be included in their gift.

Poole Britannia has been supported with project funding from Arts Council England through Dorset Community Foundation and BCP Council.


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