Pupils’ canal collage is unveiled at school

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Arty youngsters from Hollingwood Primary School saw their hard work pay off when a collage of Chesterfield canal was unveiled.

The artwork - made entirely out of waste materials - was started last summer after local artist Nicky Ward spent time in the school working with children.

Other school pupils then added to the piece by creating work at last year’s Chesterfield Canal Festival before Nicky took everything to her studio in Wirksworth to finish it all off.

Speaking at the unveiling at the Hollingwood school, Nicky said “The children told me loads of fascinating facts and stories about the creatures on the canal, and, over two days of workshops, every child in the school had a go at making a creature out of recycled materials that they had brought.

“These creatures were decorated further at the fantastic Canal Festival, and lots of other children’s work was added.

“The creatures were mounted in a frame with plaited plastic bags and look wonderful swimming along the artwork!”

Present at the unveiling were some of the children who had been involved plus Nicky Ward, Stephen Hull, headteacher of the school, Peter Storey from Derbyshire County Council and Michael Edwards from the Chesterfield Canal Trust which organised the festival.

This summer’s Chesterfield Canal Festival will be held on June 29 and 30 at Staveley Town Basin.