Case Study : North East local landmarks

BLOG 07 DEC 2022

Here are some recent Wall Art projects featuring local landmarks in the North East.

The thing we love most about working with schools in the North East is how proud they are of their local landmarks!

In fact, we’ve completed a number of recent projects featuring popular landmarks and places of interest in Tyne & Wear.

Here’s a round up of our favourite local landmark projects for schools in the North East.

Fulwell Junior School in Sunderland

In the Summer, we worked with Fulwell Junior School to create Wall Art that shows off local landmarks across Wearside.

The school wanted a rich visual display of Sunderland’s famous features to act as a backdrop for the Roger Hiorns sculptures, which are on display in their yard. These are on long term loan via the British Arts Council.” – Helen Wilson, North East Consultant at Promote Your School.

We happily obliged, designing a bespoke outdoor Wall Art project to bring these landmarks to life.

Putting Sunderland on the map

Following the Wall Art installation, we were delighted to be invited back to the school to share their celebration when receiving a Platinum Artsmark Award!

Sunderland’s mayor presented the award at an art-filled ceremony. Pupils sang, danced and read poetry, to reinforce why they are entirely deserving of their Artsmark Award. And we were thrilled to be a part of the day and join their celebrations.

Find out more here.

Mill Hill Primary School in Sunderland

We created this colourful design for Mill Hill Primary School. It’s a visual showcase of local landmarks, against a vibrant backdrop.

We also included a local area map, which shows the Wear River snaking its way around the city, from Sunderland Docks. This is an engaging way to showcase Sunderland’s rich mining and shipbuilding heritage, explore the local area and inspire curiosity in pupils, teachers and visitors to the school.

Local pride

This installation sits proudly in the school’s entrance lobby, so it sets the scene from the minute one walks through the doors. It’s a great way to make a good first impression of the school.

Pupils will feel a sense of pride at living in a city boasting such a rich history, with many well known landmarks.

It was a joy to work with the school and bring their vision to life through our bespoke design process.

Heddon On The Wall St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School

We designed a local area map at Heddon on the Wall St Andrews C of E Primary School.

Created in a traditional guide map style, the design features roads, rivers and local landmarks across North East England. To the right, there’s a large world map, with national landmarks above.

The power of this NE England map lies in its size. Pupils can stand alongside the map and discover places and features they might miss in the pages of a textbook.

This is Geography without borders! And it serves as a natural learning tool to help students absorb and remember information about the local area, and wider world.

Westerhope Primary School in Newcastle

Phase one installation

We designed Wall Art for Westerhope Primary School, featuring local landmarks in and around Newcastle.

Pupils can marvel at The Tyne Bridge, Newcastle Castle and the Angel of the North, set against a colourful background.

We added creative flair to the designs with bursts of colour, fun illustrations and the school’s motto. We’re confident this design will inspire pupils to ‘reach for the stars through learning’.

Wherever pupils go beyond school, we hope these images will stay entrenched in their minds. A beautiful reminder of the city that made them who they are.

Phase two installation

The second phase of Westerhope Primary School’s Wall Art project featured a map of the River Tyne, with pins for each of its seven bridges.

Above the map, we designed an image bubble for each bridge, alongside its name and the date it was built.

Monkseaton Middle School

St Mary’s Lighthouse provides the perfect backdrop to a Values wall we designed for Monkseaton Middle School in Whitley Bay.

Local landmarks are the star of the show as pupils, teachers and visitors enter the school lobby.

A total transformation

This wall is part of a series of Wall Art designs we installed around the school, and local landmarks feature in many of the designs.

We also designed a timeline to present facts about key events and milestones from throughout history. Tyne and Wear’s local history is woven into facts about the wider world.

Within the timeline, we included images of prolific people from the North East to show how local beginnings have led to worldwide success.

Wall Art for Schools in the North East

Helen (pictured below) is our regional consultant in the North East – and a proud Sunderland local.

She travels around Tyne and Wear, helping schools achieve their improvement goals through stunning Wall Art by Promote Your School.

Helen has significant experience and a passion for education. So she can confidently advise schools on the best ways to transform their learning environments.

She’s delivered many projects, across an array of topics and goals. But, Helen is particularly fond of projects that celebrate her native county;

“It’s wonderful to see so many schools bringing local North East landmarks to their walls. I would have loved to see these on the walls when I was at school!

It’s my job to make the process as seamless as possible for my clients.  I’ll begin by visiting the school to chat through their goals and measure up their available space. From there, I’ll guide them through the design brief to make sure they’re 100% happy before they approve the artwork. I’ll then liaise with our print and installation teams, and stay in touch with the school throughout to keep them up to date.

I love to visit schools to see their Wall Art after installation. It’s very rewarding to hear directly from teachers and pupils, and see first-hand, the impact of our bespoke Wall Art”. – Helen Wilson, North East Consultant


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