Sale artist Gillian Parish adds a bit of colour to Woodheys Primary School

Gillian Parish
Gillian Parish

A Sale artist has added a bit of colour to Woodheys Primary School with inspiration from the children.

Gillian Parish has created a new Noah’s Ark mural at the school on Meadway to brighten up the playground.

The 40-year-old said: “Working with children really inspires me, they have far more ideas and it was great to work with the children at Woodheys to create the design of the mural and then them helping to paint too. Noah’s Ark is one of my favourites to do.”

Pupils at the school are delighted with the new addition to their playground, which shows the pairs of animals from pigs to lions and ladybirds, in an adaptation of the well-known biblical tale that saw Noah and his family, along with the animals, escape from the floods.

The mural took a total of 35 hours to create , including the design and painting, and is the biggest piece of art that Gillian has done to date.

Laura Roberts, headteacher at Woodheys, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the mural and would like to thank Gillian and all the children involved for their hard work. It has really brightened up the playground.”

The mural was official opened last week with the help of children from the school’s journalism club, Media Cubs, who took photos and interviewed Gillian and Nick Owen, the children’s and family worker at The Avenue Methodist Church, who blessed the artwork.