For the past two weeks we’ve been welcoming classes to Brixton Library from the six primary schools participating in the Mural Design Project. They visited to see their mural designs on display there, after visiting Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s work at Brixton tube station; all inspired by the 1980’s Brixton Murals.
We asked the pupils to talk to a peer at the noisy tube station about Njideka’s work - seeing how many things they could see between them and then thinking of questions to ask about the commission or what they would ask the artist if she was there, including:
“Did you want to be an artist when you were little?”
“Is the room real or did you use your imagination?”
“Why did you put lots of pictures in the picture?”
”Is this your real family? Are you in the picture?”
“How did you make this painting?”
We discussed this further at the library where some of them chose to draw pictures of the commission. We also gave them question cards to encourage them to explore the display - looking at their own and the other schools’ designs - and we ended by playing eye spy.
The display at Brixton Library is up until 4 November and there is a free drop-in family day with artist Meera Chauda on 24 October afternoon - take a look here.
Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s commission is at Brixton tube station for the next six months - more information here.
Drawing of Njideka’s commission by a Year 3 pupil