Giant rug created to celebrate Sunderland

Artist Daniel Weatheritt and Barnes Infant School pupil Hannah Hughes work on ideas for the giant picnic rug.
Artist Daniel Weatheritt and Barnes Infant School pupil Hannah Hughes work on ideas for the giant picnic rug.
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SCHOOL pupils have been sharing what they love about Wearside with an artist creating a giant picnic rug.

The 20 square-metre rug will take pride of place at the Sunderland Festival, on June 16, at Herrington Country Park, where families will be encouraged to take part in activities including arts and crafts, giant outdoor games, and enjoy a picnic.

Event organisers Sunderland Live have joined forces with arts organisation The Forge and artist Daniel Weatheritt to create the giant rug.

Daniel has been spending time in five Sunderland primary schools, talking and illustrating with children to find out what they think about their city and what the ‘Big Rug’ should look like.

He said: “It’s great to be working with Sunderland Live and The Forge on this project.

“The pupils have had some great ideas and I can’t wait to see the final rug produced.”

The rug will display a combination of ideas, artwork and illustrations created by Daniel and the pupils he has worked with.

Chris Alexander, chief operating officer at Sunderland Live, said: “For this year’s Sunderland Festival we wanted to include some new elements.

“The giant rug will be a great focal point, as well as somewhere for families to sit down and take a break from all the activities.”

The Sunderland Festival takes place at Herrington Country Park on 14-16 June, with organisers promising lots of family fun, sport and creative activities.

There will be live music, a food village, fun fair and big screen showings of Mamma Mia! and Sunderland AFC’s winning 1973 FA Cup Final game.

Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture, said: “The Sunderland Festival looks set to be a great weekend of family fun, with something for everyone.”