Join the Junior Snailway
Pupils from Hove Park School got up close to a giant gastropod to help launch the Snailspace Learners Programme, entitled The Junior Snailway. Artist, Katherine Griffin who is also a teacher at the school, created the giant snail called ‘Felicity’, inspired by her love of nature, the changing seasons, and, as a tribute to her late mother (the name itself also means happiness). In September, the streets of Brighton and Hove will come alive with a magical art installation featuring up to 50 giant snail sculptures, in aid of our city’s local hospice, Martlets. Snailspace, the much-anticipated follow up to Snowdogs by the Sea, is calling on schools, youth groups and children’s clubs to get involved, inviting them all aboard The Junior Snailway.
The Learners Programme will feature smaller snail sculptures, decorated by children, to showcase the creativity and talent of local young people. The sculptures will take their place on The Junior Snailway, alongside the main Snailspace event, and will be exhibited in cultural venues across the city, before being returned to their creators. To get involved and cover the costs of the sculpture, Martlets are asking for schools and clubs to commit to a fundraising pledge of £750, with over a year to raise the money. They will provide a bespoke fundraising pack full of simple and fun ideas to help participants achieve this goal.
As well as a snail, participants will receive a Creativity Resource Pack. This pack will include ideas for engaging children in the design and production of their sculpture. The pack aims to ensure that Snailspace is a platform for exploring themes of nature, environment, and mental health, and, to encourage young people to be active citizens in the local community. It will also include curriculum-linked education resources, putting creativity at the heart of study. The activities are designed to complement key stage specific teaching of subjects including English, Citizenship & PSHE, ICT, Geography, History and Biology.
If you’d like to get involved contact Liz Davies, Community Fundraising Officer, or call 01273 747455.