22nd March 2013
Hollingwood Primary School saw the unveiling of an amazing piece of Art today. It was a collage made entirely out of waste materials.
Artist Nicky Ward spent time in the school working with the children last summer and later did more at the Chesterfield Canal Festival. Then she took everything to her studio in Wirksworth to finish it all off.
Nicky said “The children told me loads of fascinating facts and stories about the creatures on the canal, and, over two days of workshops, every child in the school had a go at making a creature out of recycled materials that they had brought. These creatures were decorated further at the fantastic Canal Festival, and lots of other children’s work was added. The creatures were mounted in a frame with plaited plastic bags and look wonderful swimming along the artwork!”
Present at the unveiling were some of the children who had been involved plus Nicky Ward, Stephen Hull, Headteacher of the school, Peter Storey from Derbyshire County Council and Michael Edwards from the Chesterfield Canal Trust which organised the Festival.
Peter Storey is the Head of Markham Vale. It was money from their Public Arts Initiative Fund that paid for Nicky’s work. Peter was delighted to be able to announce that Markham Vale will again be sponsoring the Arts activities at this summer’s Canal Festival, which will be held on 29th and 30th June at Staveley Town Basin.
On behalf of the Chesterfield Canal Trust, Michael Edwards thanked the children, Nicky Ward, Stephen Hull and Peter Storey for creating the collage. He assured them that the Trust was working hard to ensure that this summer’s Festival will be better than ever.
Stephen Hull, Michael Edwards, some of the children, Nicky Ward and Peter Storey waiting for the unveiling.
Yes, it’s about to go.
Everybody seems delighted with the result.
Artist Nicky discusses the collage with the children.
The children are busy inspecting the collage, there are hundreds of creatures to see.