Published on: 11th June 2019

Schoolchildren have been benefitting from a creative arts project thanks to money from NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), via the Salford CVS healthy schools fund.

The first part of the project, which started in October 2018, involved weekly after school art sessions, before finishing with an exhibition at Eccles Art Gallery.

At the gallery, the children from Fiddlers Lane Community Primary School proudly showcased their work to parents whilst taking part in more art activities.

The project allows children between Year Two and Year Six to explore different artists and techniques, inspiring them to create their own artwork. The art sessions are allowing the children to achieve Arts Award Explore, a level 3 qualification certificated by Trinity College, London.

Dr Tom Tasker, Chair of Salford CCG, said: “The healthy schools fund offers up £5,000 to primary schools in Salford to improve the health and wellbeing of children.

“It’s great to see the fund is proving successful, allowing children to develop new skills and knowledge in extra curriculum activities.”

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After the exhibition, the second part of the project continued with drama sessions, using puppets and decorations to create a show which will also be shown to parents.

Aleksandra Zgrabczynska, the teacher who is managing the project, said: “The project has been great, allowing pupils to use their creative imagination whilst working towards a certificate.

“Thanks to money from Salford CCG, the school was able to take the pupils and parents to the art gallery, which everyone enjoyed.”