A film about ‘Bulwell Blossoms’ – a collaboration between four Nottingham primary schools

Date published: 13 Jul 2021

Posted by: Joe Pick

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Watch this fantastic film created by Bulwell Arts Festival about ‘Bulwell Blossoms’ – primary school pupils’ environmentally-themed art installations in Bulwell, Nottingham.

Inspired by New Orleans carnival, City Arts and Cantrell Primary School worked with three other schools in Bulwell on a project for the area’s annual arts festival.

In normal times, City Arts and Cantrell would create a school carnival for Bulwell Arts Week. We weren’t able to this year, so we looked at how other carnivals around the world have responded to the pandemic. In New Orleans, float builders decorated houses in different neighbourhoods. The audiences walked the route to see them. Instead of the parade passing the audience, the audience passed the parade!

For Bulwell Blossoms, Cantrell Primary School, Rufford Primary School, Crabtree Farm School and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour each worked with an artist to create artwork outside their school. Pupils looked at nature, the environment and recycling. Inspired by these themes, they created art installations from recycled materials.

About the Artists

Sarah Turner

Sarah worked with Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Catholic Primary Academy & Cantrell Primary & Nursery School.

An Eco artist and designer, Sarah hand makes beautiful artworks, sculptures, lighting, jewellery & gifts from waste materials. Discarded items such as plastic bottles, cans, glass bottles & circuit boards are reincarnated into shiny new creations.

Sarena Kay

Can Samba’s Sarena Kay worked with Crabtree Farm Primary School.

Established in 2014, Can Samba is a Nottingham-based street theatre and carnival-arts troupe. Their bold, colourful and wonderfully noisy performances thrill audiences in Nottingham and beyond.

Rachel Scanlon

Rachel worked with Rufford Primary & Nursery School.

Rachel Scanlon is a North West (UK) based artist working in three-dimensional and installation art. Her practice involves transforming spaces to create imaginative and inspiring places.