Year 9 pupils from Small Heath School watched their creations unveiled in Toye Kenning & Spencer’s new foyer and showroom, by chief executive, Fiona Toye. The brief for the pupils was to design and create large-scale murals that would celebrate the heritage of the Jewellery Quarter and Toye Kenning & Spencer’s place at its heart.
Pupil Shafee Islam explained: “This was an amazing project to be part of; we’ve worked on every stage from the first piece of background research to the last element of its creation. First,we had to investigate both the Quarter and Toye Kenning & Spencer to get inspiration and then we were able to really let our imaginations take hold and come up with some exciting designs. Bringing our ideas to life as we created the murals was amazing; we’re incredibly proud to see them displayed in this way.”
“These murals are incredible,” explained Fiona Toye, chief executive of Toye Kenning & Spencer.
“We are a company with creativity in design at our heart and a heritage of superb craft skills. These murals echo our approach and ethos, combining the ideas of the young people in a school that values their creativity and combines it with skill. They are the perfect backdrop to our stylish new foyer and show room.”
Also attending the unveiling, at 77 Warstone Lane, were head Peter Slough and Jenny Green, art teacher at the school, the pupils’ teachers and Richard Riley head of work related learning.
Toye Kenning & Spencer is working with Small Heath School as one of its partners in industry. The murals were the first collaboration between the two and other projects are now being planned.