Schools to decorate their very own snail sculptures for arts trail

Nick Sharratt meets children from West Hove Infants School
Nick Sharratt meets children from West Hove Infants School

Award-winning author and illustrator Nick Sharratt was on hand to deliver a junior snail to West Hove Infants School this week, ahead of the Snailspace arts trail this autumn.

More than 50 schools, nurseries and youth groups are signed up to decorate their very own snail sculpture, which will join 50 giant snails dotted around the city in September.

Children, parents and headteacher from West Hove Infants School take delivery of their junior snail alongside learners ambassador Nick Sharratt

Children, parents and headteacher from West Hove Infants School take delivery of their junior snail alongside learners ambassador Nick Sharratt

Some are running competitions for the best designs, others are involving after-school art clubs, whilst many are incorporating collaborative ideas which involve every pupil in the school.

The Snailspace trail is the follow up to the hugely popular Snowdogs by the Sea event in 2016, raising cash for Martlets Hospice in Hove.

All of the schools, nurseries and youth groups involved in the project have pledged to raise at least £750 for Martlets.

Mr Sharratt is a learners ambassador for Snailspace, and said: “I love the idea of beautifully decorated giant snails taking over our city in the autumn and the Learners Programme is a great way to get our children and young people involved. All children are creative; they just need opportunities to express it.

"As an artist I also think the snail is a brilliantly simple creature to draw which makes it accessible to anyone.

“I also know how important Martlets is to our local community and this is such a fantastic way to raise money for it. I’m delighted to be able to help in anyway that I can.”

As well as help deliver West Hove’s snail, Nick will be visiting Carlton Hill Primary School next week to run a creative workshop. Carlton Hill was the lucky winner of Martlet’s prize draw to win a visit from the award-winning illustrator.

To find out more, visit: snailspacebrighton.co.uk
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