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posted 25 Nov 2014, 07:22 by Richard Marsh
Barefoot's work on the ERNEMETAL public art project for Plymouth Community Homes reached a major milestone recently when the ERNEMETAL 'thank you' exhibition and celebration was held at PCH's headquarters at Plumer House. Over 40 of the participants attended, including children from Ernesettle Community School, members of the Ernesettle community, 6th Form students from Marine Academy Plymouth and young people from the Barefoot-run, Big Lottery-funded, SPACE Shot Youth Project.

After burning the midnight and daytime oil hanging the exhibition (with material support from Plymouth College of Art) the Barefoot team introduced the project and explained ERNEMETAL's next steps. Then PCH workshop manager Andrew Macpherson outlined the construction process, involving steel, laminating and lasers, that will see the participants' art transformed into a permanent public display in Ernesettle's shopping street. Everyone then got a chance to see themselves at work with the first screening of James Ellwood's documentary film of the project, still to be completed as the Fotonow film maker continues to record ERNEMETAL's progress.

Finally, after plenty of time for all the guests to view the exhibition and ask questions, PCH's Director of Manufacturing, Nick Jackson, presented every project participant with a certificate. We hope everyone left feeling proud of their contribution and well informed about the next stages of the project. From now on manufacturing will proceed in earnest with the next stop being installation of the public art and a big celebratory opening event in June 2015.

Our thanks to all the community members, children, teachers, teaching assistants and headteachers who attended and special thanks to Helen Ryan and Lee Ferguson from PCH's excellent and ever supportive Communities team.