Art exhibition to explore how children cope during the current pandemic

Friday August 21st 2020

Pictured from left to right are Bonnyrigg P7s Lundy, Owen, Riley and Murray. As per national guidance, the children are from the same class and are not required to physically distance.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

P7s at Bonnyrigg Primary School, including Lundy, Owen, Riley and Murray pictured, are among thousands of Midlothian pupils invited to share their experiences of coping during COVID as part of a new art resilience exhibition.

A joint project with the council’s Educational Psychology Service, Children’s Services, Communities and Lifelong Learning along with the Health and Social Care Partnership, the initiative is open to P1-S2 pupils across the county.

The children and young people can submit a painting, drawing, poem or short piece of writing about their feelings during the pandemic and how they managed.

Entries from each school will be exhibited on the council’s website.

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Jim Muirhead said:

“We know that is has been a hugely challenging time for children and young people.

“The project is a great way for pupils to be able to express their feelings and help teachers and parents understand their experience while also celebrating the resilience of young people during the outbreak.

“We want as many pupils as possible to take part. Teachers have all the details about how to submit an entry.”

Entries must be in to Leisa Randall, Principal Educational Psychologist, Fairfield House by Wednesday 2 September.

Some of the entries will be on display on the council’s website from Thursday 17 September. The website will also include details of community exhibitions and where to get help if your child needs support.

The Bonnyrigg P7 pupils were all asked to draw a self-portrait in a face covering, with half of their face blocked off with words explaining their emotions.

Lundy shared that at times she felt ‘happy’ and ‘excited’ while at other points during lockdown she was ‘moody’. Murray explained that he’d written ‘nervous’ as one of his emotions because at the start of the pandemic, nobody knew what to expect.

How did you feel? You can share your writing, drawings and artwork about coping during COVID on social media using the the #ResilientMidlothian.

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