Young people’s Jubilee artwork to go on display

Published Tuesday 24 May 2022

From focaccia bread to iconic pop stars, an array of innovative artwork, celebrating 70 years of The Queen’s glorious reign, is set to go on display across the Harborough district.

To involve young people in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, and to help them to understand more about the diverse life and times of Her Majesty The Queen throughout her historic, 70 year reign, Harborough District Council launched a Jubilee Art Project, inviting secondary schools and youth groups to create a lasting local legacy of the occasion.

Each group was allocated a decade on which to focus their curation, resulting in some incredibly creative and diverse interpretations of the brief, each one celebrating a significant era since The Queen’s Accession on 6 February 1952, herself a young person at the time, aged just 25.

HDC Chairman with some of the Jubilee artwork banners

Artwork has been produced by Robert Smyth Academy, Welland Park Academy, Brooke House College, Leicester Grammar School, Kibworth Mead Academy, Lady Byron School in Fleckney, Lutterworth College, and HCYC Travelling Forward Project (Harborough District Children and Young People's Charity). Local record label, Somewhere Records, has also produced art and created a piece of music encapsulating sounds from the 1960s era which will be available to hear online via a QR code on the relevant banner.

This bespoke collection, that has been reproduced on pull-up banners, will be displayed around the Harborough district over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June 2022 and will embark on a Legacy Tour across schools, community spaces and local events over the next 12 months.

Cllr Neil Bannister, Chairman of the Council, said: “It is fantastic that young people have created these eye-catching pieces of art, and that they feel connected with this significant time in our history, and to the past decades of The Queen’s reign.”

Cllr Simon Whelband, Harborough District Council’s Cabinet lead for young people, said: “This is such an exciting and unique Jubilee project and the work produced is brilliant and very inventive. The response from the young participants, and the work produced, is inspiring and will create a legacy of this momentous occasion as the art travels around the district and to local schools.”

People can see the artwork at three locations concurrently:

  • Harborough Market Hall, Market Harborough – Thursday 2 June – Saturday 4 June, then from Tuesday 7 June for a few weeks
  • Lutterworth Pavilion – Thursday 2 June – Sunday 5 June
  • St Mary’s Church, Broughton Astley – Thursday 2 June – Sunday 5 June

Remember to use the hashtag #JubileeHarborough if sharing your Jubilee memories and experiences on social media.

Pictured: Harborough District Council Chairman Cllr Neil Bannister with some of the artwork which has been reproduced on pull-up banners for the public to view.