Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Greenside Primary Gordon Cullen mural 1952

Greenside Primary School (see Friday, 28 October 2011) today celebrated the Diamond Anniversary of the very day of its official opening by Dame Sybil Thorndike. A new film was shown to the assembled school of art historian Alan Powers describing and explaining the Gordon Cullen mural with a clarity accessible to children and adults alike. Throughout the year groups children have been studying the school architecture and its mural. The Cullen painting provides a distinguished and very special feature of school identity for pupils, teachers, parents and local community. Its content also presents vivid images reflecting life at the time of the school’s post-war rebuilding. Thus it serves as both a totem and as a unique teaching resource intimately connected with the school’s own history.

An elegant 60th birthday display effectively reinforces these functions of the school mural.

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