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JOE COFFEY INSPIRES SALFORD YOUNGSTER
 

Star date: 11th October 2010 

HOODIE ART COLOURS PUPIL'S CREATIVITY

A Salford pupil from Cyces Education has been inspired to draw again after he saw a photo of Joe Coffey's sculpture on the front cover of Salford Media Scene magazine.

Mason, age nine, from Langworthy, copied Joe's image in his own unique style and his picture is now being exhibited at the Langworthy Cornerstone as part of Coffey's increasingly popular HoodLife exhibition.

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This summer, shortly after the publication of Salford Media Scene magazine, the editor received a letter from Cyces Education together with a stunning picture by one of the school's pupils, nine year old Mason.

"When Mason joined Cyces last September he refused to draw at all as his self esteem and motivation were both very low" wrote Liz Cushway, Education Project Worker at Cyces "He has grown in confidence and took particular care with this picture which is based on the front page of the Salford Media Scene publication…This picture really inspired Mason to begin to draw again…"

Artist Joe Coffey and the Salford Community Media Partnership (SCMP) which produced the magazine were so impressed by Mason's picture that it is now being exhibited as part of the HoodLife exhibition which recently opened at the Langworthy Cornerstone. Last Friday, Mason came into the gallery to meet Joe and see the more of the paintings for himself.

"I found the magazine in the doctors on Langworthy Road and took it home and looked at it and looked at it and looked at it, and then took it to school and copied it and coloured it" said Mason "It took me two and a half weeks to do it. I liked it because it was from Salford. My favourite picture in the exhibition is the Manchester United one, and the one with the motorbike. I like the hoodies too. I'm going to try and draw more."

For Mason's teachers, this brush with art has been a revelation.

"This was the first picture Mason had ever drawn at school" said Liz Cushway "He took two and a half weeks in class just to do that picture. To concentrate that long was a real first and we're so proud of him. It's inspired him to do so much more other work."

Liz's words are echoed by Eileen Sheerin, deputy head at Cyces Education, which specialises in working with young people who have emotional and behavioural difficulties.

"He brought this picture into school and sat for hours drawing it and colouring it in which is a huge achievement for him" she said "It was a turning point for him to do other things."

Now Joe Coffey, who showed Mason around his exhibition and gave him a signed print, is set to visit Cyces to see the pupils' artwork first hand.

"It was good to meet up with Mason at last and it's great that it's made an impact on somebody" he said "If it's inspired one kid to draw and start doing his own work, it's decent. This is as good as anything that's happened with my artwork lately."

Joe Coffey's exhibition HoodLife, and Mason's artwork, can be seen at the Langworthy Cornerstone until January 2011 – for further details see here and here.

To see a PDF of Salford Media Scene click here

* Salford Star is a member of Salford Community Media Partnership (SCMP)

Photos by Gareth Lyons

joe coffey wrote
at 10:41:06 on 08 November 2010
yeah i'm alright mason how are you doin kid done any more drawings or paintings lately just pick something you like and take your time with it doin a little bit on it each time look forward to seeing your next piece of artwork i read the comment you left in the book at the cornerstone nice 1 take it easy lad an i'll speak to ya soon
 
mason wrote
at 17:35:16 on 03 November 2010
Hey joe get a load of albert dosen't like eny team wout a mupit but never mind haw is evryone? /lol
 
Albert Spiby wrote
at 08:03:22 on 16 October 2010
Hey Mason, nah I don't support any team, I prefer Formula One! That's blokes driving round in circles for obscene amounts of money! lol. The art is the important bit though Mason. Fame and fortune may follow if you're good enough. If you want to be fabulously wealthy, why not run a Community Newspaper in Salford? It's worked for Stephen Kingston! (We wish) lmao
 
mason wrote
at 19:21:23 on 14 October 2010
albert albert it's all about the team. but all that count's is me being rich and famus, also. Cool meeting up with joe and pluse i bet u suport man city?? mason!!!!!!!!!! lol
 
Albert Spiby wrote
at 14:08:16 on 14 October 2010
What a thoroughly nice guy Joe Coffey is. Good luck to you too Mason, I hope you can follow in Joe's footsteps. As for the football team, well it doesn't really matter does it? Grown men kicking a bag of air about for obscene amounts of money! LOL
 
joe coffey wrote
at 05:12:51 on 14 October 2010
cheers mason is was a pleasure meeting you to kid i see you've been giving stephen a few tips on the best team to support cheers for going up to see the new artwork as for your new picture take your time with it think of something around you what you could draw or a picture from a magazine or newspaper or just picture a situation or scene and try and draw that or you could copy something of mine hope you liked the print now youve got the original picture to go with your own all i can say is you've done well with your first one so take your time doing a little bit each time the more you practice the better you'll get and more ideas of what to paint or draw will come naturally to you build up a little portfolio of your work then when you've started painting some masterpieces you can look back on your other stuff to see how far you've come and the progress you've made lets hope one day salfords found another new artist and your exhibiting your artwork as i am now take care mason and good luck with everything you achieve joe coffey
 
mason wrote
at 17:28:34 on 13 October 2010
hi joe it's me mason it was a plasure meeting u . Stephen u need the best team to suport luke man unitid but thank's for the visit joe's art work is a fab today i whent to see he's new pice of art hope i can fink of a new pic for joe soon.
 
joe coffey wrote
at 10:30:43 on 11 October 2010
cheers stephen yeah it was good meeting up with mason and his teachers from the initial letter i received off them thanking me it was a nice letter and like i said it meant just as much as anything else i've done with my artwork so we never know if he carrys on doin well maybe he will exhibit his own artwork there one day
 
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