Students from Stevenage have taken part in a workshop celebrating the underpass sculpture in the town.

The free week-long workshop, run by Stevenage Museum in collaboration with Letchworth's St Christopher School, marked the 50th anniversary of Bill Mitchell's 'Scenes from Contemporary Life' sculpture being installed in the underpass leading to Town Centre Gardens.

Ten students, aged between 14 and 18, took part in the project.

They carried out first hand research, visited Bill Mitchell's concrete relief sculpture, and saw his original drawings, now held by Stevenage Museum. The students also took photographs and sketched contemporary aspects of life in the town now.

They then visited Letchworth, translating their ideas into a series of relief panels in clay with the help of Lizzy Anstice Brown, an art teacher at St Christopher School.

The imagery was developed using a mix of drawing, carving, sculpting, and computer aided design using the school’s laser cutter.

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Their finished fired and glazed tiles will be displayed at Stevenage Museum as part of the Bill Mitchell exhibition opening next month.

Councillor Loraine Rossati, portfolio holder for culture and leisure at Stevenage Borough Council, said:

“Stevenage led the way in using art in public spaces when it was built, with a huge variety of creative artworks incorporated into the fabric of the town.

“We hope that the workshop and exhibition will allow a new generation to appreciate just how pioneering our town was at marrying art, architecture, and technology to enhance peoples’ everyday lives.”