Hundreds of youngsters create film for festival

Bo Clay (7) and Ella Parsons (4) drawing some animated wallpaper at a family workshop at the Colour Bright exhibition at the Site Gallery.

Bo Clay (7) and Ella Parsons (4) drawing some animated wallpaper at a family workshop at the Colour Bright exhibition at the Site Gallery.

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AN ANIMATED ‘abstract’ film which 900 children helped create frame-by-frame is on show at a city gallery.

Artists Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler teamed up with schoolchildren from across the city to create the movie as part of Sheffield Children’s Festival.

Each frame has been individually made, coloured and decorated by each youngster around a theme of the Olympic torch’s relay journey before the London 2012 Games.

The film is set at Creswell Crags in Derbyshire which is the site of beautiful cave art - the earliest known art in Britain.

Called Colour Bright, it is on show at the Site Gallery on Brown Street in the city centre until Saturday, July 28.

Judith Harry, executive director of the gallery, said: “This film is really incredible.

“The artists made a film before giving a different slide to each child and they interpreted the narrative in their own way, painting and decorating the frame.

“The film is abstract but it is possible to follow the narrative through the colours and the landscape.

“It starts in a cave and it is all about moving out of the cave into the wilderness.”

Schools who took part in the project were Tinsley Nursery and Infant, Holt House Infant, Mansel Primary, Monteney Junior, Byron Wood Primary, Ecclesall Juniors, King Edward VII in Broomhill and Highfields School in Matlock.

Patients from Sheffield Children’s Hospital was also involved.

The children’s festival, run by Sheffield Council which gets children working with artists to have their creations showcased for thousands, ends today .

From painting using a cannon ball to theatre productions, sleepovers in Sheffield Cathedral and building towns from cardboard boxes, there has been an action-packed line up this year.

Magicians, jugglers, comedians and the world’s only ping pong ball juggler are at the Peace Gardens from 11am to 4pm in celebration.

Site Gallery is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11am to 5.30pm. It is free to watch Colour Bright.

See Class Act on July 24 for a picture round up of the Children’s Festival

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