Picture This helps prepare pupils for senior school

Birmingham school youngsters to showcase future career aspirations at City exhibition

Around 60, Year-6 Birmingham school pupils are to unveil their future aspirations at a Birmingham City University exhibition next week, as part of a photography and creative writing project aimed at boosting self-confidence.

The ‘Picture This’ project promotes further education and is designed to assist with the transition from primary to senior school.

The project includes a series of in-school creative workshops and culminates in a two-week exhibition of the school children’s art work.

Participating schools include Timberley Academy, The Oval School and Hillstone Primary School, where pupils were tasked with photographing sources of inspiration and writing creative pieces about what the images represent.

Local artist and ‘Picture This’ project leader, Sharon Corbett, said: “The project aims to motivate and empower young people to consider how they might achieve their ambitions in the future.”

“Through photography and story writing the pupils were able to communicate their thoughts and aspirations through a combined arts approach.”

Workshops were delivered by Sharon in partnership with Birmingham City University’s Schools and Colleges Liaison team, a partner of Aimhigher West Midlands.

Workshops were funded by the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO).

“It’s been a fascinating project where we’ve been engaging with local communities around the themes of aspiration, inspiration and motivation”, said Sarah Felton, Schools and Colleges Liaison Manager at Birmingham City University.

Photographs and stories will be displayed as framed poster prints until 20 July.

The ‘Picture This’ exhibition opens on 11 July and takes place on Level 2 of Millennium Point at Birmingham City University