School art project celebrated

Two local school children are celebrating after being recognised for their artwork at one of Worcester’s most well-known museums. Their creations, together with those of their classmates, are on display at the Museum of Royal Worcester and the adjacent Royal Porcelain Works from today, Thursday 23 January until Sunday 2 February 2020.

Students from a Worcester school celebrated at the Musuem of Royal Worcester

Flynn Howlett and Hanna Bogusz, Year 5 children at Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School in Worcester, have been crowned the winners of their class art project judged by the Museum of Royal Worcester. Kayla Bradley and Monty Barr were highly commended in the judging.

The museum is next to the historic Royal Worcester factory site in Severn Street, also home to the Royal Porcelain Works complex.

The art project was the brainchild of Year 5 class teacher, Stella Astill, who decided that the class should create Worcester scenes in the style of painter L.S. Lowry, famous for capturing industrial cityscapes, to link to its ‘Battles and Beyond’ class theme.

Rather than producing a ‘normal’ painting, the children were encouraged to create a commemorative plate design that represented Worcester’s main industries including Lea and Perrins sauce, shoemaking, and porcelain.

The Museum of Royal Worcester agreed to ‘judge’ the class’s creations and to recreate the winners’ designs on actual ceramic plates courtesy of ex-Royal Worcester artist Tony Young. The children will have these plates to keep.

“I was very proud of all the children’s plates; they worked so hard on them and really cared about how well their finished item turned out.  As their teacher, I found the whole experience so worthwhile for the children and the development of their art skills. Having the involvement of the Museum gave them purpose and focused them on creating the best piece of art which they possibly could.  We would like to say a big thankyou to both the Museum and Tony who were so helpful and accommodating throughout the whole project.”

Stella Astill, Year 5 class teacher at Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School

Sophie Heath, Director at the Museum of Royal Worcester, said: “We are delighted to have played a part in supporting this fabulous school initiative. We were impressed with the concept of bringing together Worcester’s industrial history and tradition of commemorative plate design at Royal Worcester; as an organisation, we are committed to engaging the next generation with Worcester’s proud porcelain and creative heritage and were therefore keen to encourage and support the school’s project. As part of celebrating and welcoming the children we are proud to be featuring a display of all the class’s work in our 20th Century gallery during February 2020”

Sara Matthews, General Manager at Royal Porcelain Works said: “Along with the museum, we also wanted to recognise and invite all the children involved in such a wonderful project to our historic site.  We have been very impressed with the quality, inspiration and endeavour in the children’s work and are delighted to feature a selection of their artwork in our foyer display cases.”

For further information please contact the Royal Porcelain Works on 01905 677399 or email