In March SCHUNCK launched the challenge: Keith Haring de wijk in (or ‘Keith Haring in the community’). As part of this challenge, pupils from four schools in Heerlen have been set the task of creating their own art. From the end of June, the works produced by one of these schools, De Buitenhof, will be on show at 16 sites in the centre of Heerlen.
The Keith Haring de wijk in programme challenges schools in Heerlen to breathe new life into Keith Haring’s legacy. This was prompted by the Keith Haring: Grace House Mural exhibition at SCHUNCK. De Buitenhof, a school providing special education to primary and secondary pupils, was one of the schools that signalled an immediate interest.
Pupils of varying ages used works by Haring as a starting point to create their own art. Shape, colour and material were central themes. For example, a lot of waste or residual material has been used to create these works of art, each of which is an ode to Keith Haring and his ideas.
All children at the school took part in the art project, young and old, and each class produced a model or dummy. Technology students, for example, produced cut-out figures, and the classes were given a cut-out figure, each in their own colour. Pupils collected materials themselves to ‘decorate’ these figures. In this way, street art is given a literal interpreation.
The works can be seen at the following locations in the centre of Heerlen: