Knowle West school creates artwork for COVID-19 testing sites

Main image: Staff displaying some of the pupils’ artwork which will brighten up COVID-19 testing sites in Bristol. Picture courtesy of Bristol City Council.

Pupils from a Knowle West school have helped brighten up testing sites for people with symptoms of COVID-19 in Bristol.

The children at Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy have created beautiful pieces of artwork to give the sites across the city a makeover.

The posters – featuring positive themes – will be displayed across Bristol’s five testing sites to make them feel more “welcoming and comfortable.”

Some of the uplifting posters created by pupils at Ilminter Avenue E-Act Academy.

Head Teacher at Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy, Felicity Hawkins, said the children had been “incredibly busy” creating their works of art.

She said: “They have taken enormous pride in the task as their art will help other children and grown-ups who are being tested feel less anxious. The children also love the fact that their work will be displayed so prominently in their community.

“Donating these pictures on the same week as children’s mental health week is perfect timing. Here at Ilminster we talk about mental health daily and feel comforted that the artwork might put a smile on someone’s day…

” We hope our pupils’ artwork will help people feel a sense of positivity and optimism during this difficult time.”

Cabinet member for Education and Skills, Councillor Anna Keen, said: “Visiting a COVID-19 testing site can be really daunting, particularly when you’re feeling unwell.

“We want to make sure these are places where people feel comfortable and safe, and some positive pieces of art will go such a long way in bringing a smile to people’s faces when they need it most.

“I want to say a big thank you to all the children, parents, carers and teachers at Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy for their help on this project.”

The 50 pieces of artwork created by the primary school pupils have been handed over to the G4S Operations team, who manage the city’s five testing sites.

The sites where art work will be displayed include nearby Hengrove Leisure Park and Bedminster Down.

Anyone who has coronavirus symptoms, including a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, should self-isolate immediately and book a test.

You can book appointments at any of Bristol’s testing sites at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.