Children brighten up retail park

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SchoolChildren have helped to brighten up a city shopping centre with their artwork.

The youngsters from Ingram Road Primary School have been working with artists to create a ‘walk of fame’ at Crown Point Retail Park, featuring their favourite icons and landmarks from around Leeds.

Two classes of Year Six students took a break from their usual lessons at the Leeds school to join a workshop to create their works of art. They have each produced unique silk paintings with help from artists at Faceless Arts Company.

Ingram Road Primary School headteacher Sarah Millard said: “The children really enjoyed the workshops and we are already planning where to display the original artwork when it comes back to us.”

The arts trail tells a story of Leeds landmarks and people from the fifth century through to the modern day including the College of Art, artist Damien Hirst, the Leeds-Liverpool canal and the Thackray museum. Musicians from Leeds including Corinne Bailey Rae and Ricky Wilson feature alongside venues such as the First Direct arena, the city museum, Leeds Town Hall and the Tetley brewery.

The children’s silk paintings are being showcased at Crown Point after being transformed into floor vinyls from their original artwork. They will be exhibited around the walkways of the shopping park throughout the summer holidays.

Faceless Arts’ creative director Tony Wade said: “It was a real pleasure working with Ingram Road Primary on this project. The enthusiasm of the pupils was wonderful to see. The paintings encouraged them to share stories about the area and the quality of the work they created is also important as it encourages self-esteem and a pride in their work.”