Pupils' resilience artwork on display across the county

Art resilience

Pupils from across Midlothian have submitted more than 150 pieces of art and written work about how they coped during COVID for a new exhibition. The entries will be on display in windows of businesses, shops, public buildings and other community venues across Midlothian. 

Open to P1-S2 pupils

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 art resilience project was open to P1-S2 pupils across the county.

Showing how they managed

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

Online gallery

Entries from each school will be exhibited on the council’s website from Thursday 17 September and in the windows of more than 30 community venues, a list of which will also be on the website.

Helping build resilience

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Jim Muirhead said: “This has been a great way for children to express their feelings and help their families and teachers understand their feelings during the pandemic. Actually submitting an entry and the subsequent discussions about what they’ve drawn or written about all help to build resilience.

Amazing artwork

“The entries have been fantastic. Organisers have been enjoying amazing artwork and writing about everything from how cycling has helped some pupils keep their spirits up to how much they missed their friends.

Thanks for sharing

“Many thanks to the pupils for sharing their feelings and well done to organisers for making sure we can all enjoy the entries. I’d encourage everyone to look out for the artwork and writing in the community venues and on our website.”

Olivia and Sanuli took part

King’s Park pupils Olivia, of P2, and P6 pupil Sanuli were among 153 pupils who took park.

Range of emotions

Sanuli said her drawing of a face in profile showed a range of emotions she felt during lockdown from happy to anxious. 

Painting with mum

Olivia said her drawing showed one of her favourite past times when the schools were off - painting with her mum.   

Share how you felt

How did you feel? We’d love you to share your writing, drawings and artwork about coping during COVID on social media. If you use the #ResilientMidlothian hashtag we can help share on our @Midgov Twitter address and on our Midlothian Council Facebook page.

In the picture

Pictured are from front left to right: King’s Park Primary pupils Olivia, P2, and Sanuli, P6, with Morag Barrow, Joint Director Health and Social Care and Chief Officer Integrated Joint Board and Councillor Jim Muirhead, the Midlothian Council Cabinet Member for Education. 
Please note that our policy is not to include pupils' surnames. As per national guidance, the children are  not from the same class and are, therefore, required to physically distance.

10 Sep 2020