Greenfield Community College are delighted to be part of ‘The Wizard and the Typhoon’ a creative project that engages students in the arts and explores the musical heritage of Shildon. The project has attracted local artists who are delivering workshops to students studying art and music.

Artist Theresa Easton has been inspiring students who have so far explored the story of the ‘Wizard and the Typhoon’ and also what Shildon means to them. “They have explored printing techniques and then used the techniques explored to develop their own ideas and prints which will then form the pages of the zine,” said Subject Leader in Visual Arts, Laura Peaker.

Greenfield Arts are delighted to be able to bring the project to students and give an extended opportunity for learning. The music department are now looking forward to welcoming musician, singer and songwriter Elizabeth Corney who will be delivering a workshop at Greenfield, drawing on her vast experience in the music industry as an inspirational educator.

The project aims to inspire students to explore their own skills and creativity and to realise what they can achieve and forms part of the wider project that inspires creativity in the community. Funding has been secured through Northern Heartlands. Northern Heartlands is one of sixteen Great Place Schemes in England, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.

The Wizard and the Typhoon is a project supported by Northern Heartlands and co-ordinated by Friends of the Wizard and Typhoon. It offers students at Greenfield Community College the opportunity to work with professional artists and musicians and celebrates the creativity of inspirational musical composers from New Shildon (George Allan and Thomas Bulch) who were renowned for their contribution to music during the late 19th and early 20th century.