8th July 2003




Music, drama, dance and art will take centre stage at the University of Lincoln on Saturday when around 200 county school children will showcase their new-found talents.


The Lincolnshire Schools Arts Celebration Day marks the end of the second year of a  five-year project which provides children in small rural schools with the opportunity to work with professional artists.


Over 100 schools have so far been involved with the project, and on Saturday the university will play host to a day of celebration featuring dance, drama, drumming, instrumental music and documentary film.


There will also be displays of craft and art work made by county school children including printing, paper making, pastels, sculpture, masks, maps, instrument making, weaving, felt making and clay work.


“The project is funded by the New Opportunities Fund and allows children from schools right across the county – particularly small schools in rural areas – the opportunity to work with professional artists,” said organiser Simon Hollingworth.


“The children participate after school with children from other schools – the aim is to give them new experiences and let them enjoy themselves. We’ve been running for two years and we’re now beginning to notice a positive effect on the children.”


The celebration day runs from 10.30am until 3pm in the main academic building at the university’s Brayford Pool campus.


The NOF project is managed by Lincolnshire County Council in partnership with the Lincolnshire School Improvement Service, Lincolnshire Dance and SoundLincs.


Members of the public are welcome to attend the celebration; admission is free.


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Among the schools involved are: Wrangle Primary School, All Saints Primary School in Friskney, New Leake Primary School, Dunston Primary School, Scamblesby Primary School, Baumber Primary School, Banovallum School in Horncastle, Gartree School in Tattershall, Mareham-le-Fen Primary School, Grimoldby Primary School, North Cockerington Primary School, Saltfleetby Primary School, Ludford Primary School, Whaplode Primary School, Holbeach Bank Primary School, St Mark’s Primary School in Holbeach, William Stukeley Primary School in Holbeach, Tennyson High School in Mablethorpe, Mablethorpe Primary School and Walcott Primary School.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                          email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk