Town is flagging up chance to get arty with animals

Children are being invited to get creative as part of a national art exhibition – with the chance of having their artwork printed on a flag in Shrewsbury town centre.

Jonathan Soden, owner of The Soden Collection art gallery, with 'Jeff', a sculpture inspired by artist Jeff Koons.
Jonathan Soden, owner of The Soden Collection art gallery, with 'Jeff', a sculpture inspired by artist Jeff Koons.

Shrewsbury is taking part in The Great Big Art Exhibition, a national project.

The team at Shrewsbury BID (Business Improvement District) is embracing the idea and has invited children to submit pictures, with a selection being chosen for flags which will be hung across Shrewsbury High Street.

Emma Molyneux, of Shrewsbury BID, said: “We are asking children to draw a picture using the theme ‘Animals’ – as colourful and striking as possible – on A4 paper, filling the page.”

Jonathan Soden, owner of The Soden Collection art gallery in, Shrewsbury, with 'Jeff', a sculpture inspired by artist Jeff Koons

The theme of animals was chosen by Sir Antony Gormley, creator of the Angel of the North, who launched The Great Big Art Exhibition in late January.

Sir Antony said: “What a great idea to display the results on flags! I am sure Charles Darwin would have been in favour of anything that champions original thinking and the natural world.”

Jonathan Soden, owner of The Soden Collection in Wyle Cop and director of Shrewsbury BID, added: “The theme of animals gives an excellent starting point and we are really excited to see what kinds of creations are sent in.”

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