The works listed here have been produced by professional artists, often as the result of collaborative work with school pupils. Please note that they have not been included in the main public art directory because access for the general public is usually restricted, and to view them it would be essential to make an appointment with the relevant school.
The main directory of public arts is available here.
If you know of other works within the Braintree District which should be added to this list, please contact us.
Working with pupils from Great Bradfords County Infant School this commission formed part of the Essex County Council Art in Architecture initiative.
As part of Essex County Council's Artists in Architecture programme, children at Rayne Primary School made artwork to be incorporated into their new school extension. This piece was made by arranging coloured glass fragments, which were then fused in the kiln to produce a series of glass tiles. These have made an installation beneath their new barrel vaulted skylight. As part of the same programme, playground sculptures have been constructed following the theme of 'communication' and linked with speaking tubes.
A total of six different artists and craftspeople were involved in the Tabor High School ‘Art in Archiitecture’ project with Michael Brennand-Wood as Lead Consultant Artist. A significant aspect of the artworks is that while each is highly individual in style and content, they are linked in visual language to create an harmonious whole. Freshwater and Aust, both textile artists, produced two collaborative pieces for the college, one for the main entrance area and the other in the first floor ceiling void adjacent to the lounge bar. Both works consist of a number of three-dimensional geometric forms constructed from metal tube and fabric hung in space. The design is analogous with the traditional kite forms hung sequentially, either horizontally or at an angle of 45 degrees. Structures and surface colouration was developed through a series of models and numerous drawings before the final designs were agreed. The installation was designed to be easily maintained by the college, and the kite structures can be lowered to floor level for cleaning.
This 4.5m long artwork was created for the wall of the linked corridor at a cost of £5,000, via the Art in Architecture scheme. The artwork used a concept of mandalas (sacred circles) consisting of 3 large mandalas based on the cultures of Africa, India and Australia, incorporating designs from the children’s workshops.
This seat, covered with mosaic designs, was created as the result of a project with year 9 pupils at the Ramsay College, and is now enjoyed by students and teachers alike.
Sailing ships from different cultures and periods of history were chosen as imagery for this window, which celebrates the diversity of pupils within the school and Braintree’s historical connections with Massachusetts, the New World. The design is about travel, exploration and adventure and celebrates education as a preparation for life. Sails present a wonderful variety of shapes. The small twinkling lenses represent stars which guide the ships and can also be droplets of water thrown up by the sea and caught in the rigging. The window is executed in the traditional leaded glass technique, using hand blown glass. Each piece of glass has had the colour partially etched away to give more detail to the sails and create a soft watery effect. The window is intended to enhance the main hall and give enjoyment to pupils, teachers and parents.
The artists worked with the pupils of Gosfield Community Primary School to create designs for new benches and an archway. Based on the school’s strong links with local woodland, the artists worked with the theme of the life cycle of the tree, as well as the birds and insects that inhabit them and the variety of uses for wood as a material.
Created as part of an Essex County Council Art in Architecture project, the artwork is a 300cm diameter mosaic circular pavement created with a budget of £2,500.The artist worked with all pupils [aged 3 to 18] and staff running workshops on the theme of the "old and the new".
Michael Brennand-Wood worked as Lead Consultant Artist on this ‘Art in Architecture’ project sourcing the other artists and setting up collaborative projects. The project is rare, in the amount of related work in one locality, there is an unofficial theme of flight and movement that is referenced in several works . ( For works in the Leisure Centre area of the building see main directory.) Brennand-Wood’s suspended ceiling and floor landing pieces are designed to relate to each other. The large 17’ wide suspended artwork is constructed from coloured boating rope and bound metal and is a three dimensional exploration of calligraphic forms closely related to the theme of movement and flight in the landing area directly below. This area has an octagonal wooden floor into which a design using coloured textured wood has been inset. This design was inspired by a chart from a celestial atlas, entitled ‘Harmonia Macrocosmica’ by Andreas Cellarius, Discovered by Brennand-Wood in the British Library, the atlas was published in Amsterdam by Joannes Jansonnius in 1660 and dedicated to King Charles II of England.
Created as part of an Essex County Council Art in Architecture project, the artwork measures 400 x 1200 c and was commissioned with a budget of £4,000. The artist worked with all pupils [aged 3 to 18] and staff running workshops on the theme of the "old and the new" and incorporated artworks by pupils and staff into the final interior piece situated in the main corridor of the school.
Alec Hunter Humanities College is named after a local fabric designer who worked at the Warner Mill in Braintree. To commemorate his links with the school, eight year 10 students worked collaboratively with the artist to design, fabricate and install an artwork inspired by Alec Hunter’s fabric designs. The project was initiated with assistance from Braintree District Arts.
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