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Sculpture workshops for the formerly homeless

Sculpture Workshop
10 July 2012

Internationally renowned artist Randy Klein has run a series of workshops involving formerly homeless people where they have been given the chance to help create a new sculpture which will form a centrepiece of Thames Reach’s new Employment Academy.

The workshops – held at the London Engineering Company – offered the participants the chance to get hands-on work experience in steel fabrication and to assist in the creation of the sculpture.

Titled Aspire, the sculpture is based around an Edwardian spiral staircase which is an original feature of the renovated Grade II listed building in Camberwell which will house Thames Reach’s Employment Academy.

Once completed, it will sit within a courtyard at the academy and will stand at five metres tall and feature life-size figures at work.

Randy Klein said: “The Aspire sculpture is intended to work as a symbol of aspiration. The figures on the staircase show people taking steps to find work and develop their confidence, skills and self-esteem on the path to employment.”

Lee Noble, who attended the workshops, said: “It was a very positive event and I enjoyed being part of the group, and I had a range of new experiences including painting parts of the sculpture.”

More workshops are being organised for August.