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Make your (solar) future with the Crafts Council

We’re thrilled to announce that Art and Energy director Jenny Ayrton has been selected to be part of the Crafts Councils exciting ‘Make Your Future’ project.

Jenny will be working with pupils from two Cornish secondary schools to create solar artworks around the theme of sustainability. 

Jenny Ayrton with moth solar artwork created at Penryn 2019

What is 'Make Your Future'?

The Crafts Council is a national development agency, championing craft in the UK. This is the 4th year of ‘Make Your Future’, their project bringing together secondary schools, makers and expert partners to reignite a passion for making in schools, and to tackle some of the challenges faced by craft education.

Previous years have focused on Yorkshire, Birmingham and London, with crafting heritage themes. This year eight secondary schools have been selected from across Cornwall, and makers have been encouraged to focus on sustainability, both in terms of the materials and techniques used, and the subject of resulting artworks. The students’ creations will be exhibited at Falmouth University this summer, sign up to our mailing list to find out more details as they’re confirmed.

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What will the students make?

In each of the two schools Jenny will work with the students to create a pair of solar artworks… paintings that create a charge! These will return to the schools after the exhibition to create a lasting legacy: staff and students will be able to use them to charge USB batteries for school equipment.

Each cohort of students will also create a collaged ‘energy landscape’: a collaborative visual reflection of eco-issues such as how they consume electricity, and the ways that they can see this being generated in the landscape around them (lots of lovely big wind turbines for example!). They will be encouraged to find out more about eco-projects in their local area, particularly ones where they can get involved to make a positive change. The resulting artwork will include LEDs and small motors that can be powered by their solar artworks.

The students will learn to solder (tabbing-up cells and copper-foiling glass), engrave glass, reverse paint glass, and create simple electronic circuits. Art & Energy CIC is all about experiencing our energy system in a creative, tactile, fun and engaging way… this project should do that!

Where can I find out more?

More information about the ‘Make Your Future’ project can be found at

Jenny will blog here with updates over the next few months. If you are interested in hosting a similar project, or have any questions about her workshops then please do email us, we would love to hear from you.


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