Fifteen Gets Inked: a piece of art
After a week of late nights (or early mornings, depends how you look at it!), Fifteen has been well and truly inked. Using a projector and his artistic skill Ben Allen has created a truly individual piece of artwork in the restaurant using spray cans and painting free hand.
Inspired by tattoos, the artwork incorporates traditional tattoo artwork such as swallows, hearts, roses and anchors; all of which resonate with our apprentices and staff, many of them having tattoos themselves. Ben felt that they were appropriate also for their meaning, particularly the swallows which are linked with sailors and representative of love and care and affection towards family and friends.
The words carefully selected by the Foundation team adorn the wall also describing feelings and emotions associated with the Apprenticeship Programme and cleverly link with the images of past apprentices, describing their journey. The images left to right (if you were looking at the artwork), depict the journey of an apprentice from college, to kitchen, to sourcing trips, to time spent with Jamie and finally graduation.
For those who aren’t in the know – the Cornwall Foundation of Promise (the charity that owns and restaurant and runs the Apprentice Programme) takes young people aged 16 – 24 from Cornwall in need of a second chance to become apprentice chefs at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall. The Foundation team work tirelessly to help them overcome obstacles in their life which may hold them back from finding work and leading happy, healthy, successful lives.
You can make a donation to the Cornwall Foundation of Promise to help continue the brilliant work they do here.