Sheffield Children’s Festival: Blooming beautiful!

Flower power: Aquantiacus, made by Bents Green School, at the Botannical Gardens, with Noah Barley, left and Lewis Caffrey, above.   Picture: Stuart Hastings
Flower power: Aquantiacus, made by Bents Green School, at the Botannical Gardens, with Noah Barley, left and Lewis Caffrey, above. Picture: Stuart Hastings

THIS bouquet of 3D flowers is on colourful show in Sheffield as part of the city’s action-packed Children’s Festival.

Created using feathers, pipe cleaners, laminated paintings and many more materials the blooms have been crafted by 300 children working closely with artists behind the scenes from Art in the Park.

Flower power: Aquantiacus, made by Bents Green School, at the Botannical Gardens, with Noah Barley. Picture: Stuart Hastings

Flower power: Aquantiacus, made by Bents Green School, at the Botannical Gardens, with Noah Barley. Picture: Stuart Hastings

And the perfect petals - called Bigger Bloom - will stay on display in the Botanical Gardens off Ecclesall Road all summer long.

Children’s Festival manager Richard Johnson said: “The flowers look wonderful - they are a riot of colour, as we expected.

“The project gets kids working with artists and, once they’ve made their artworks, we want to put that work on a pedestal. It is displayed in a really professional way and that does wonders for the children’s confidence.

“Their work isn’t just on a classroom wall - it is in a proper place, and that is a bit special.”

Pupils from Nether Edge Primary, Stocksbridge nursery and infant school, Monteney Primary and Bents Green Secondary School helped to make the 3D flowers.

The project was inspired by David Hockney’s paintings of Yorkshire landscapes, and is part of the Creative Classrooms section of the festival.

One of the materials used was SMART material ‘fantasy film’ - a liquid which can be coloured and then dried into plastic shapes.

Prestigious art exhibition Art in the Gardens will also include the floral display when it is staged in the Botanical Gardens in September.

Thousands of people are expected to enjoy activities across the city for the Sheffield Children’s Festival - which runs until July 14.

From cannon ball painting to theatre performances, animation workshops and family picnics, the festival aims to get everyone involved in the arts.

Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader, said: “For over 20 years Sheffield Children’s Festival has been giving children a chance to get involved in the arts.

“Bigger Bloom is just one of the fantastic programmes of events we have this year.

“The festival gets children working with professional artists and performers and showcases their creative talents.

“The combination of this, and having their work showcased, inspires Sheffield children, giving them memorable experiences, and raising their confidence and aspirations.”

VINCI Construction UK is sponsoring this year’s festival and Arts Council England is funding the family programme.