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Banners of beauty from island pupils

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 22, 2013

  • Primary pupils at The Five Islands School made banners based on local stained glass images

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Beautiful stained glass tapestries dreamt up by primary school pupils on the Isles of Scilly will go on display at one of the Westcountry's most prominent cathedrals later this month.

The colourful banners, created by pupils from the Five Islands School, are based on stained glass images from the islands' churches and will go on display at Truro Cathedral between October 26 and 31.

The arts project, co-ordinated by Tresco school teacher Susanna Gates, was carried out after the young artists learnt about the history and stories behind stained glass windows on St Marys, Tresco, St Agnes and St Martins.

Ms Gates said: "The children studied various themes in the stained glass windows which included trust, compassion, forgiveness and loss. These often linked to those who put to sea to save the lives of others."

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The school pupils worked with artist Tony Minnion to create screen printed images of their own experiences that reflected the themes contained with each window.

The images were then digitally compiled before being printed on to taffeta banners – each one reflecting the individual size and shape of each islands church window.

The project has been funded by the Diocese of Truro with the support of Canon Paul Miller, chaplain to the Isles of Scilly. Each banner will eventually go on permanent display at each school's church.

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