Specially trained artists prompt and shape creative responses from groups of young people in the Echo Eternal schools. These responses are crafted by the pupils with guidance from the artist. The final artistic expression is shared with various audiences as a tribute to the survivor.

River Rea Films and Vyka Ltd have created many of the film Echoes out of the artistic residencies in schools. 

River Rea Films is owned and operated by Mathew Beckett a Director, Filmmaker and Director of Photography.

Vyka Ltd is a Birmingham based SME, managed by Paul Davies, specialising in the creation of digital tools and compelling television. They service the learning, cultural, heritage and communities sectors.

Complex Simplicity

As a designer/maker, one of my main aims was to share a range of techniques,  skills and influences with the pupils, encouraging them to actively explore their creativity in a manner they may have not yet experienced.

I was keen to be supportive of the pupils’ thoughts and interpretations, encouraging discussions and sharing ideas. They developed thoughtprovoking and emotive work, through newly acquired skills and abilities, to produce pieces using a range of mixed media. The combination of traditional and contemporary application and production methods proved to be an effective way of relaying the survivor’s story and reflective of the desire to learn from the historical aspects, consider current lifestyles and mindful of the positive aims for the future.

The final products included a design collection of three main elements — namely, a collection of mini canvases created using acrylic paints/mixed media; lamp shades, representative of the importance of key people and events within Zdenka’s life; a chair covering inspired by a traditional patchwork blanket that also serves asm a contemporary ‘memory quilt’ — featuring artwork, designs and textiles techniques representing the life, influences and hopes of the survivor and the pupils in a creative manner.