Pupils at Dunmow St Mary’s were given the opportunity during Black History Month to work with their teachers in identifying a black artist throughout history whose work inspired them. Artists chosen ranged from the vibrant quilted portraits celebrating Black life by Bisa Butler, to the renowned indigenous Australian artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye and the dramatic paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat and really reflected the children’s diverse interests. The children were then asked to create an artistic response of their own inspired by their chosen artist either working in groups or individually. The resulting artwork was so varied and exciting that the school held their very own art exhibition inviting parents to visit the pop-up art gallery. Mr Jarvis (Deputy Headteacher) said “As a school, we believe it is essential that we build the cultural capital of our children and ensure that they gain experience and understanding of the wonderful diversity of our community and the whole world around them. We are immensely proud of the efforts of the children who, as always, embraced the challenge and worked really hard to produce some wonderful and memorable work’.