CREATIVE schoolchildren curated their own exhibition inspired by Essex artist Grayson Perry.

They gleaned ideas from watching Grayson’s Art Club, a popular television programme screened throughout lockdown on Channel 4.

It fuelled the imagination of Year 5 pupils at Brinkley Grove Primary School, in Rawlings Crescent, Colchester.

As well as collating artwork based on themes like ‘feelings’, ‘growth’ and ‘special people’, children from every year group were interviewed to find out how lockdown affected them.

Their thoughts and reflections were exhibited alongside the artwork.

Between them, the children produced 160 pieces of art which were shown to parents at an outdoor, Covid-safe exhibition.

To help promote the event, art subject leader Kia Conroy-Parsons liaised with staff at Firstsite, in Colchester.

They ran an artists’ workshop for the children, in which they designed promotional posters.

Firstsite also held an online meeting explaining industry roles and how to run an effective art exhibition.

In addition, every child painted a stone, forming a permanent ‘positivity pathway’ that runs around the school’s forest areas.