Tenby Museum and Art Gallery has undertaken a trans-Wales project with St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Cardiff, which has resulted in what must surely be the most colourful toilet in Wales.
Imaginatively entitled The Loo-vre, the project arose when the school approached Tenby Museum’s Collections Manager, Mark Lewis. As part of their lessons some classes in the school were looking at gallery spaces and asked if the museum could help out with a space to display some of the children’s artwork. Mark responded by offering the school the public toilet space, which, he said, “could make the children think in different ways about what constitutes a gallery space and be both a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for everyone involved.”
The school responded enthusiastically and produced around 140 works of art, under the heading “A postcard from the city to the seaside – with love.” Every picture sent by the school, from children aged 3 to 11 years, is now on display in this dazzling colourful public toilet and subjects range from Cardiff landmarks such as the Millennium Centre and Llandaf Cathedral through Welsh castles, dragons, daffodils and even Tenby harbour. Mark says, “It is Wales through the eyes of a child.”
Sheila Roberts, acting head teacher of St Mary’s Catholic Primary, said, “We are very grateful to Tenby Museum for giving our pupils this fantastic opportunity. This partnership was initiated by our Year 6 pupils as part of their topic on galleries but with the help of some inspired thinking it grew into a really memorable whole school art project. Not only have our pupils been given the chance to have their art work exhibited but they have also been part of a thought-provoking project which challenges preconceived ideas about art and galleries.”