Chance tweet leads pupils to Leeds artist

Designer David Cole with pupils Josh Doherty, Laura Hatfield, Lily Hennessy and Lewis Obridge with 'Ninelands is....' mugs designed by year 4 and 6 children at Ninelands Primary School. TJ1007019a Picture Tony Johnson

Designer David Cole with pupils Josh Doherty, Laura Hatfield, Lily Hennessy and Lewis Obridge with 'Ninelands is....' mugs designed by year 4 and 6 children at Ninelands Primary School. TJ1007019a Picture Tony Johnson

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A chance tweet led pupils to an artist whose work went on to inspire a series of creative projects at their Garforth school.

Jillian Sabourn, headteacher at Ninelands Primary School, first spotted David Cole’s post on Twitter advertising a greetings card he created for Robin Hood’s Bay - the seaside village where her year four pupils have a three-day visit every year.

The ‘Robin Hoods’ Bay is...’ design was then used by pupils on their next trip to boost their poetry skills.

But in a bizarre twist, when Mrs Sabourn decided to tweet Mr Cole, showing him a pupil’s poem, it emerged the artist in fact lived down the road in Alwoodley.

He has since visited the pupils in person, worked with the children to create some fundraising mugs using their poems and has created ‘Ninelands is...’ mugs with year six pupils as leaving presents.

Mrs Sabourn said: “This project, which sprang out of a chance look at Twitter, meant the children enhanced their learning from the residential and met objectives in literacy, art and design, thinking skills and enterprise.”

She added it was a big surprise to find Mr Cole lived in Alwoodley - just five minutes from her.

She said: “Small world indeed! The owner of that original tweet could have come from anywhere in the country. It was a strange coincidence.”

Mr Cole told the YEP: “The idea that my work as inspired the school is very fulfilling and meeting the pupils and talking with them about Robin Hood’s Bay has been deeply satisfying.

“We now have an ongoing relationship with other projects in the pipeline for the summer.”

For more information on David Cole’s work, visit the website http://www.cole-creative.co.uk.

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