Children’s art decorates wall of Barnstaple centre

Joseph Bulmer

Competition winners get to see their aquatic creations loom large

THE winners of a drawing competition have seen their artistic sea creatures transformed into a new mural for the walls of the Sticklepath Children’s Centre in Barnstaple.

Youngsters were invited to enter their drawings as part of a project to transform the outside play area at the centre in Woodville, with the five winning entries chosen by project co-ordinator Carla Humphries plus local artist and Petroc student, 17-year-old Charlie Lane-Bush.

The success drawings were by Molly Anning for her drawing of a fish in water and Holly Sullivan for her drawing of a mermaid, both aged three, plus Aaban Aslam for his drawing of a crab, Tyler King for his unique sheep fish and six-year-old Danniella Tardito for her picture of a shark.

All winning drawings were transferred onto an outside wall at the Children’s Centre by Charlie, who took part in the centre’s Artsbank Project earlier this year.

Carla has spent the past six weeks coordinating the project to transform the outdoor play area, which includes a large wooden stage area to support children’s imaginative play, as well as sourcing a variety of new play equipment to encourage children in their exploration and learning.

A relaunch event of the outdoor play area will take place at the end of this month. To find out more, families can visit

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