Leeds children dreaming big as they create soaring film spectacle

An Allerton Church of England Primary School pupil pictured at the screening of Soar.
An Allerton Church of England Primary School pupil pictured at the screening of Soar.
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Primary school pupils have been encouraged to dream big by creating giant artwork and an animated film.

The youngsters, from Allerton Church of England Primary School, were supported by seven final-year graphic design students from Leeds Beckett University to create a film about careers in creative industries called ‘Soar’.

Arts charity Space2 ran the project, which saw the group come together to get creative, making giant wings and drawing cityscapes to act as the background for the film – made using green screen techniques.

Dawn Fuller, strategic director of Space2, said: “The aim of this project is to encourage every child to think about their dreams. We want them to think big and dream of the stars.”

Soar was made by four of the primary school pupils to raise awareness of possible careers in creative industries. It will be screened in Millennium Square and shown on YouTube.

The film and the canvases also went on show at the old BBC Broadcasting House building, in Leeds, this week and will go on permanent display at the Broomhill Centre, which is based in Harehills.

Teacher Helen Whiteley, who worked with the children on the film, said: “It’s been an amazing project for the children to be involved in.

“They have had the experience of visiting the university and working with animation and photography students. Some of them have now expressed an interest in going to university themselves.”

Visit www.space2.org.uk or www.allertonceprimary.com for information.

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