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Olympics-inspired art goes on show in Rotherham town centre: Pic 2 Rotherham artist Rachael Caddy & local pupils in front of her art

Olympics-inspired art goes on show in Rotherham town centre

Local schoolchildren got to see their own artwork on display on a massive scale recently with a tour of the open air art gallery in Rotherham town centre.

Included in the Gallery Town initiative, their artwork was first created as part of the innovate "Picture This!" project which sees schools across the borough get inspired by artwork with a particular theme.

The theme for this year was Olympic London, building on the games' aim to "inspire a generation," and a collection of creative work by Rotherham schoolchildren went on show at a successful exhibition at The Magna Science Adventure Centre earlier this year.

Gallery Town has taken the exhibition one step further by taking a selection of the artwork and reproducing it on a much larger scale. The work is now on display in prominent locations around Rotherham town centre.

"Falling to Victory" by Ruby Farrow, a year six pupil at St Bede's Catholic Primary School captures an Olympic diver in action. It is on display on the side of the Yorkshire Bank, Bridgegate.

"London Landmarks" by Elle, Thomas, Cory, Alfie and Mia, year five classmates from Thurcroft Junior School, is a joint effort that saw each young artist create an image of a London landmark which was then set inside one of the Olympic rings. It is one of a number of pieces by young Rotherham artists installed all the way down College Walk.

The pupils recently took part in an art trail to see their work installed alongside pieces by local students, local artists and masterpieces from the National Gallery. They also got to try the artistically decorated Urban Pianos, now in place across town.

Lisa Powell, a teacher at St. Bede's, said: "The children really enjoyed the art trail and can’t wait to work on their next piece in the hope that this will be displayed too! "

This is the second time that artwork from Picture This! has featured in Gallery Town, with artwork by local children inspired by "Surprise! Tiger in a Tropical Storm" by Henri Rousseau, brightening up Frederick Street and Bridgegate in the Autumn - Winter 2011 season.

Rotherham's project is taken directly from, and inspired by, the National Gallery's country wide scheme, "Take One Picture" and aims to inspire schools across Rotherham to plan and teach creatively.

For the 2012/13 Picture This! project, teachers and pupils will be working with three very different landscapes.

The Gallery Town project, which is backed by the Rotherham LSP (Local Strategic Partnership) Board, was started as a way to regenerate the town centre, attract more visitors and to help create more trade for local businesses.

Nick Cragg, a local businessman who is spearheading the project, said: "It was always the plan to include artwork by local schoolchildren from around Rotherham in Gallery Town. Not just because their work is fantastic, but it also means that each pupil will want to come into the town centre and show off their work to parents, grandparents, cousins, aunties, and uncles."

The pupils are pictured on the art trail with local artist Rachael Caddy in front of her artwork, "For Mum" on College Walk.

For more information about the Picture This! project in Rotherham visit: https://public.rgfl.org/picturethis/default.aspx