A number of Bristol-based schools have taken part in the creation of Ignite Hearts, an installation of over 2,000 rainbow-coloured clay hearts handmade by the pupils. The participating schools are all part of the Ignite group of schools and consisted of Beacon Rise Primary School (pictured above), Christ Church Infants, Christ Church Juniors, Barley Close and Pucklechurch Primary School, as well as Marshfield Primary in Wiltshire.

Children from Pucklechurch Primary School with their clay hearts

Each of the children who took part sculpted and painted their own small heart, incorporating different colour of the rainbow in appreciation of the NHS’s commitment to their work through the pandemic.

“Ignite Hearts was our first artistic schools collaboration, with each year group from EYFS to Year 6 creating a different colour of the rainbow,” said Chris Thomas, Headteacher at Beacon Rise Primary School. “In total there are 1,833 hearts, all of which travelled to each school so that they could make their own display.

“Ignite Hearts has helped us all to reflect on how our current situation has influenced our relationships, as well as the importance of love and kindness in our community.”

It is hoped a public space may now be found in which the project can be temporarily installed for the wider community to enjoy.