Art in the Local Community




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Credit: The Comet Newspaper

The Covid 19 Snake

Stevenage children demonstrate their artistic community spirit by creating

 Covid the Cobra!

Covid the Cobra bought smiles to the faces of children and adults alike during lockdown, with people contributing more than 150 painted stones........


Messages of hope


around Stevenage


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Messages of hope found around Stevenage
Messages of hope found around Stevenage

If you find any more of these lovely 'messages of hope' please take a photo, send it to us via email and we will add it to the gallery!

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Arc of Hope

Woolenwick Infants School







“Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” Maya Angelou

An idea from the children at Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School, Arc of Hope is a symbol of hope, of standing

together as a community, circumventing isolation. Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School co-ordinated the project.

Headteacher, Usha Dhorajiwala commented,

“Everyone appreciates a positive message in these difficult times. Arc of Hope has been a fantastic way of bringing

the community together and giving everyone who sees it a reason to smile.”

The installation responds to the huge community spirit which has emerged during the lockdown, due to the

COVID-19 pandemic, and the message of hope that Rainbows for the NHS has brought to the whole country.

Inclusion Leader, Christina Anderson explained,

“Individual children created rainbow pictures which we posted to the NHS. The keyworker children designed chalk

rainbows on the playground to share on social media. The children realised that the chalk would wash away and

wanted something more permanent. At the same time, they were missing their friends and we talked about taking photographs.”

The digital rainbow is compiled of selfies of families from the community, dressed, draped or painted in one of the

colours of the rainbow. This is surrounded by images of rainbows, created in support of all keyworkers.

This collaborative project involved 39 schools, as well as community groups and friends of the schools, all credited

in the border.

Arc of Hope has been submitted to the Royal Academy for the Young Artists’ Summer Show 2020. There has also

been interest in displaying the installation in the public domain in Stevenage. More details as they emerge.

We are looking into the possibility of gifting a permanent board of the image to the NHS at Lister Hospital.

Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School are taking orders for a professional printed, high resolution copy of the

design on Foamex. To order, please email: for further details.


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