Kirkleatham kids put their ‘art’ into it

Photograph: Stuart Boulton

Colourful artwork created by creative Kirkleatham Hall School pupils is on display promoting the highly anticipated Kirkleatham Walled Garden attraction.

The hoardings are visible around the site, promoting what will be one of the region’s finest gardens, with a quality restaurant and events venue, as well as a new training facility.

More than 140 children in Early Years Foundation Stage, primary, secondary and further education pupils took part in the art project.

Helen Newton, teacher at Kirkleatham Hall School, said: “We all really enjoyed the project, and it’s wonderful to see pupils’ work on display for everyone to see.

“The creative pupils and staff at Kirkleatham Hall School were keen to be involved in producing the artwork to promote the Walled Garden, and we look forward to continued involvement with the project.”

Work by contractors Metnor Ltd started in April 2018 beginning with in-depth archaeological investigations and groundworks. Plans for the project have been designed to complement existing attractions including the neighbouring museum.

The gardens, which have been closed for more than 30 years, are expected to be open to the public once again later this year.

It’s hoped at least an extra 30,000 visitors a year will be attracted to the borough and nearly 40 jobs and 160 training places are expected to be created in the first five years of operation.

Councillor Wayne Davies, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “We’re so pleased these talented pupils from Kirkleatham Hall School have brought such bright artwork to the site to help promote this upcoming major attraction.

“Bringing the gardens back to life will bring visitors to Redcar and Cleveland from far and wide and will create jobs and training opportunities for people right across the Tees Valley.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “I’m delighted to see that this project is already capturing the imaginations of students and they have produced some great artwork to get the word out.

“Even now the scheme is inspiring people. When finished, it will draw more visitors to Redcar and boost the tourist economy. Not only that, but the jobs and apprenticeship opportunities on offer will make a real difference to our young people – maybe even including one of these artists.”

Funding has come from the Tees Valley Combined Authority, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Coastal Communities Fund.

• Pictured above: (bottom, l-r) Emily, Alice, Trinity, Warren. (Top, l-r) Charlie, teachers Sharon Davies and Helen Newton, Megan, Natasha and technician Lee Rudd.