TAMESIDE pupils have created a spectacular bee sculpture which has winged its way to a public art trail in Manchester City Centre.
Gorse Hall Primary School in Stalybridge is one a number of Tameside schools taking part in Wild in Art’s Bee in the City project.
Bee in the City is bringing Greater Manchester communities together to create the exhibition and has included an inspirational learning project to give children and young people the chance to take part.
All pupils at Gorse Hall Primary created bee designs and eight winners were chosen, with elements of their designs contributing toward the final bee sculpture - which will be on display as part of the Bee in the City trail in the prestigious setting of the Regimental Chapel in Manchester Cathedral.
The artwork, which has joined 150 other sculptures in the art trail, commemorates several powerful themes – from the World War I centenary and the famous Stalybridge entertainer Jack Judge who wrote A Long Way to Tipperary to the artist LS Lowry.
Teacher and Voice of the Child leader Kathleen Hughes said: “This has been a wonderful project which, as well as bringing the children together in an art based activity, has really got them thinking about the history of the community as well as our current values.
“The bee theme particularly fits in with the school’s values – developed by the children – to ‘Be kind, be safe, be respectful and be proud’ and these are also incorporated into the artwork.
“Every piece of work by each child was different and reflected amazing creativity – it has been really inspiring for us all to be involved.”
Tameside Council Cultural Services Education Manager Tracy Webster, who visited the school to congratulate the pupils on their bee artwork, said:
“Well done to the pupils for their fabulous artwork which celebrates many poignant stories and messages about our history and community. I’m so pleased Tameside schools are getting involved in this project, which will have a positive and powerful impact across the wider Greater Manchester community and I can’t wait to see their bees featuring in the art trail.”
The Bee in the City trail will be open from 23 July until 23 September. For further information see www.beeinthecitymcr.co.uk
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