Students from City of Wolverhampton College are helping youngster’s artwork take flight as part of a city-wide schools project.

The Art and Design students are working with SCARF, Wolverhampton’s Schools and Community Arts Resource Facility, to encourage pupils from across Wolverhampton to decorate a feather for the Community Makers Project.

Their work will become part of a phoenix sculpture made by Art and Design student Jeremiah Malcolm, which will go on display in Bilston Craft Gallery to mark the 10th anniversary of SCARF.

The wire sculpture will be unveiled on Saturday December 5, when youngsters will be able to drop in to the gallery and design their own feather to add to the sculpture, with students on hand to assist. Visitors will also be able to purchase Christmas craft packs handmade by students while on their work experience with the recycling centre.

College Lecturer and Manager of SCARF Krystyna Sochacki said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get their creative juices flowing and see their artwork on display in a gallery.

“Every school child in Wolverhampton has been invited to take part and we have been inundated with feathers to adorn the phoenix. We are also encouraging all young visitors to the gallery to draw, print, glue, cut or sew their own feather design, so the phoenix tail will continue to grow throughout the exhibition!”

The free launch event takes place on December 5 from midday to 3pm. There will be a new pop-up Gallery Craft Café with a menu of craft activities to try with a hot drink and fresh cake or scone.

SCARF is Wolverhampton’s ethical arts and crafts supplier. For 10 years it has been up-cycling good-quality materials from businesses, to be reused in arts and education across the Midlands.

The phoenix will be on display at Bilston Craft Gallery until March 31. For more information visit

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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