Sheffield Children’s Festival is up, up and away

James Green on the right, with Keith Shivers, Regional Director of Vinci Construction who are sponsoring the event, Coun Jackie Drayton, and children looking forward to the festival
James Green on the right, with Keith Shivers, Regional Director of Vinci Construction who are sponsoring the event, Coun Jackie Drayton, and children looking forward to the festival
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Beautiful hot air balloons floating over a fantastical city landscape are firing the imagination of creative youngsters ahead of this year’s Sheffield Children’s Festival.

Sheffield artist James Green has created the work for the cover of the Festival Guide and its posters, creating a linocut image that represents ‘the energy and opportunity the event offers Sheffield’.

His work is already a familiar sight at museums, shops, fairs and markets around the city, and his prints are often inspired by the vistas of Sheffield he sees every day.

“It is not difficult to find inspiration for some of my art. I only need to look out of my Meersbrook window to see breathtaking scenes that are special to Sheffield and its mix of hills, valleys and wonderful green spaces,” said James.

“Part of the scene I have created for the Children’s Festival is inspired by a view of Meersbrook rooftops from Nether Edge.”

Highlights of the event, one of the largest festivals created specifically for children in the UK, will include The Big Topple, an oversized domino rally in Devonshire Green, and the Babbling Vagabonds’ production of The Brothers Grimm.

James has also produced a limited run of 25 each of two poster-print versions of the cover image, available from Weston Park Museum Shop and the Millennium Gallery. He has also presented the museum with a one-off hand-printed version of the print for display in its activity room.

Sheffield Children’s Festival will run from Saturday, June 15, until July 7. Visit Sheffield Childrens Festival for full details.