A child's view of demolition

By Lindsay Gale10 April 2014

Following on from a story posted earlier on this website, pupils from Edna G. Olds Primary School in the Lenton area of Nottingham, UK, were asked by contractor Total Reclaims to paint their own pictures to reflect the regeneration work currently taking place around their school.

Five tower blocks in Lenton, which are currently being demolished as part of Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes’ Building a Better Nottingham scheme, have been a part of the city’s skyline for decades.

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, local production company, Rubber Goat Films, is holding an exhibition in Nottingham this week, which will feature a number of artists’ view of Lenton’s past and present.

Around 20 children took part, and it was decided their work would be included in the exhibition this week, to help reflect what the site means to the community as a whole.

The exhibition, Life of Lenton Flats, will be held on Thursday, 10th April, from 6pm till 9pm, at the Real Lives Gallery (formerly known as the Crocus Gallery).

The address is 1 Church Square, Lenton, Nottingham, NG7 1SL. The exhibition will be in place to view from 11am till 3pm, Monday to Saturday, until Wednesday 30th April.

Michael Cross of Total Reclaims, said, “We have invited the school to visit the site and see for themselves the work we have been doing. They were incredibly interested and asked more questions than most people.

“We felt it was important to give them the opportunity to show us what the regeneration of this area really means to them. Their paintings are fantastic, colourful, and will certainly brighten up the site once they are handed back to us following the exhibition.”

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