Animal Flags light up Shrewsbury's High Street
29 Apr 2021
by Katy Rink

Don't forget to LOOK UP when you visit Shrewsbury town centre! 

 The fabulous BID window display in Shrewsbury's High Street informing visitors about our town's animal-themed contribution to the Great Big Art Exhibition - the children's contributions can be seen above our heads on flags all along Shrewsbury High Street

If you go down into town today, you're in for a big surprise!

The entire length of Shrewsbury High Street has been dedicated to a colourful array of flags designed by the children of our town. 

The display which has been organised by Shrewsbury BID - is our town's take on the Great Big Art Exhibition national project and has been given a big thumbs up by Sir Antony Gormley, creator of the Angel of the North. 

The idea was a big hit with schools, youth groups and families alike who all rose to the challenge to send in artwork during the lockdown. The BID was delighted to receive more than 800 pictures, all inspired by children's favourite animals. 

It was Sir Antony himself who chose the Animals theme when he launched the Great Big Art Exhibition earlier this year. He was delighted when Shrewsbury came on board, commenting: "What a great idea to display the results on flags! I am sure Charles Darwin would have been in favour of anything that champions original thinking and the natural world.”

Now, 71 of those designs are flying proud over High Street and are a great addition to the colourful bunting adorning the rest of Shrewsbury, as the town centre welcomes visitors once again. 

Katy Rink, editor of My Shrewsbury magazine, who helped promote the Great Big Art Exhibition on behalf of Shrewsbury BID, said some of the images had been forwarded for the attention of Sir Antony himself.

She added: "A huge thank you to all the children who took up this challenge and to all the teachers who made the effort during what must have been a very challenging time in the school term to encourage their pupils to take part.

"We have sent some of the images for the attention of Sir Antony Gormley's studio so that he can see how well Shrewsbury has responded to his idea!

“I think we have proved that we have a very creative spirit in this town and some brilliant talent too. We were bowled over by how many entries we had and by the quality of the output."

The flags in Shrewsbury High Street

Jonathan Soden, Shrewsbury BID director and owner of Contemporary Art Gallery,The Soden Collection in Wyle Cop, added: “We really wanted the town centre to have a vibrant and positive atmosphere as businesses reopened, and these flags certainly add to the mix.

“The children really got into the spirit of the exhibition and we have tried to use as many of the pictures as we possibly could - the standard was extremely high, and everyone who sent in their artwork should be really proud of themselves.”

We hope you enjoy our gallery of images below - but it's far better to venture into town and see the real thing! 

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