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A metropolis in the Cloisters

23 February 2004

Around 30 GCSE students will be creating an imagined city of the future in UCL's North Cloisters in March 2004, as part of UCL's 'Metropolis' project.

A Capital City Academy student prepares for the Metropolis exhibition

The culmination of a six-day art project, the secondary school students will create an exhibition based on photographs they have taken around London.

The project is linked to the UCL Art Collections' exhibition 'Paper Cities: Topography & Imagination in Urban Europe c1490-1780', and connects the collections to the university's widening participation activity.

The students, from Capital City Academy in the borough of Brent, will attend the exhibition in the run-up to the project and will receive guidance from the UCL Art Collections' Assistant Curator, Dr Tarnya Cooper, and artist Mr Ben Harmer, who recently created an innovative audio guide for UCL's Grant Museum of Zoology & Comparative Anatomy.

Ms Saira Ahmed, UCL's Education & Access Officer, organised the project. She said: "This project is a great opportunity for the students to let their imaginations run free while developing their creative and teamwork skills. It will be very interesting to see the results. The exhibition launch on 22 March will be a real celebration of their achievements."

Image: A Capital City Academy student prepares for the Metropolis exhibition.

To find out more about the collections, or the Widening Participation Unit, use the links below.

UCL Collections