art-K, the leading provider of art classes for children in high street studios across the UK, has unveiled a mural in Horsham train station to commemorate the former Collyer’s headmaster and ‘local legend’ Mr (William) Pirie.
The mural, featuring a donkey sporting the Horsham coat of arms, is the town’s latest tribute to Mr Pirie, who locals remember for his generosity in transporting children to school on a cart pulled by a donkey. It was designed and painted by art-K Horsham Art Leader Jake Francis and Visual Artists Laura Hutchins and Ayseli Sunguroglu.
art-K feels the mural will resonate with Horsham locals while providing an important piece of history for tourists.
art-K Horsham Art Leader Jake Francis said, “We’re proud to unveil the mural in Horsham station, and to be a part of Horsham’s latest tribute to Mr Pirie, following the new development work in Piries Place, home to a statue of the man himself.”
“We hope our mural may inspire people to learn more about the history of Horsham and to consider trying out an art class too”, said Jake.
Horsham train station manager Sue Litterick said, “Lots of passengers and station colleagues have already told me how lovely they think the mural is, so on their behalf I’m delighted to thank Art-K and all the talented young local artists for this unique artwork. It’s a wonderful symbol of Horsham that helps us feel part of the community we serve, and it’s the crowning glory for improvements we’ve made at the station including new seats, waiting shelter and cycle parking.”
Having started the art-K journey together in 2000, Kathryn and David Harper, and daughter – Managing Director Emily Harper – decided their skills and experience could grow art-K into a national brand that represents the future of arts education. Since deciding to expand art-K in 2016, the business has grown to 30+ clubs, teaches 2000+ students per week and employs over 100 artists.
art-K’s goal is to ensure that every child passionate about art has the opportunity to be a part of an art-K club in their local area. It is looking to build a community of individuals who share a common passion and enthusiasm for creating art.
art-K classes focus on fundamental principles of art, which can be used as building blocks by its students to develop their skills and confidence in experimenting with different artistic styles and mediums. That is why its classes are tailored to individuals and open to everyone.
For more information, please visit: www.art-k.co.uk