A Place to Call Home is a collaborative art exhibition featuring work from 51 Wandsworth schools including Emanuel. The exhibition is open every day from the 4th to the 25th March from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm at Southside Shopping Centre. 

Emanuel School’s Year 6 and 7 pupils, led by our fabulous Art Department, participated in a cross-borough initiative ‘A Place to Call Home’. Led by local artist Alexander Mourant with the support of Wandsworth Council’s children’s services and arts service, more than 2000 students from 51 local schools were encouraged to reconnect with their sense of being part of their local community in response to the distance and isolation felt during the pandemic.

The exhibition contains 180 wooden panels built into free standing structures to represent community buildings and also contains other project artwork and interactive elements that echo the project objectives. The installation is fabulous and well worth a visit. There are guides to help you find Emanuel’s contribution and that explain the series of activities and stimuli children engaged with to create their panels.

Schools involved include our partner primary and secondary schools as well as other independent and state schools in the borough.

‘A Place to Call Home’ is a key part of the new collaborative partnership between the borough’s state and independent schools. The aim is to ensure partnerships are mutually beneficial for pupils, teachers and school leaders, with local hubs created to encourage communication and connections between schools. The partnership will make creative and academic resources and opportunities open to all the borough’s young people, and will enable teachers to share best practice, offer further opportunities for students to collaborate, and target high attaining pupils as well as those most in need of extra support.

Mrs Irwin (Deputy Development and Community Partnerships Director)