Special Olympics GB National Games Mural Takes Shape in Sheffield

17 Oct

An incredibly uplifting first session for Special Olympics GB National Games giant outdoor art project has taken place with Sheffield 2017 athletes, students of Sheffield Art Works and led by local professional artist Greg Harris.

The Special Olympics GB athletes in attendance with their families from Sheffield were Luke Wan, Megan Hattersley, Nick Mann, Niall Guite, Jake Sharp and Sam Hayward.  They were joined by around 20 local art students with learning disabilities who produced their own work to inspire the project.

Artist Greg Harris said: “Both athletes and art students informed me of their thoughts and ideas and also what characteristics and passions they wanted to see in the piece of outdoor art. The Art Works students also produced outstanding pieces of work which demonstrated what the Special Olympics Games means to them.

“The quality of the initial art completed and displayed by the local students with learning disability to inspire our piece of work to celebrate the Special Olympics National Games in August 2017 demonstrated real talent, passion, vibrancy and inspiration.

“I am very excited about this and I believe this outdoor city centre art collaborative project between people with and without learning disability will be extremely engaging and I am so honoured to be involved.

“As someone who had learning difficulties as a child, attended special schools in Sheffield and told that I might not make much of my life, I am overwhelmed to see so much passion and talent within these students and athletes.  I only see ability.”

Liz Carrington, Manager and Owner from Art Works, said: “We feel privileged to be a part of such a special event.  The members of Art Works are full of excitement for our collaboration with the athletes and Greg Harris.  After our session with the Special Olympics athletes and Greg we are overflowing with inspiration and ideas and are really looking forward to the 2017 Sheffield Games.”

The final piece of work is hoped to be completed and erected by the end of November – prominent in Sheffield Centre across from the train station until the end of the Games in August 2017.

  • The piece of art will be 98 inches tall by 192 inches wide on the hoardings of Sheffield Hallam University – on the bend of the construction opposite the main train station in city centre.
  • The piece of art will be a collaboration between professional digital artist Greg Harris; Special Olympics GB athletes and a local learning disability arts school Art Works.  The art will be uplifting, passionate, vibrant and embody the spirit of sport, humanity, human endeavour, Special Olympics and Sheffield – inspired under the banner of #SeeingIsBelieving the games’ slogan.

The art meeting and collaboration session took place:

St Polycarps Community Centre,

Wisewood Lane, Malin Bridge,

Sheffield.  S6 4WA.

Art Works: 07765705932.



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