Safety Art Competition with Balfour Beatty


Presentation and Outdoor Exhibition of Children’s Artwork in Safety Art Competition.

Safety Art Competition

One of Dumfries’ most significant heritage sites has been transformed into an outdoor art gallery on Friday as children’s art work is displayed on the fencing outside Moat Brae House.

Young artists from Loreburn Primary School will received a visit from Dame Barbara Kelly and Wendy Jones of The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust as well as Donald MacLellan, Project Manager at Moat Brae for contractor Balfour Beatty at their school assembly on Friday morning.  They found out which of their artwork submissions have been chosen to adorn the hoardings outside the new National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling at Moat Brae which is being restored and due to open at the end of 2018.

The twelve children whose designs have been chosen for the outdoor exhibition then walked up to Moat Brae to see their drawings reproduced on the hoardings of the historic site that most of them pass every day on their way to school.

As part of this project’s commitment to work with and involve the local community, the Balfour Beatty team visited Loreburn Primary earlier in the year to speak to youngsters about the dangers of playing at construction sites. The children were told about the various items of plant on site such as cranes, diggers, and generators, and were taught about the safety equipment, such as hard hats, goggles, gloves, and reflective jackets, which people working on a construction site are required to wear.

The children from primaries 1 – 7 at Loreburn School were then tasked with creating artistic drawings which could be displayed around the site to help reinforce safety messages.

The colourful artwork produced by the schoolchildren will now help to brighten up the hoarding fences on the construction site.  This competition is one of a number of activities that Balfour Beatty is taking part in to ensure that the building of the new National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling site is safe for the people of Dumfries.

Wendy Jones, Creative Learning Officer for Schools with The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust said: “The children at Loreburn Primary have been incredibly creative in designing their posters.  Not only have they thought carefully about the important safety messages that Balfour Beatty has highlighted to them, they have also added some really humorous touches – we think their assessment of the unique risks associated with working in the ‘enchanted land where Peter Pan began’ is spot on!”

The chosen designs were by Alexandria P7, Nerissa P7, Mary P7, Wallace P7, Alisha P6, Leyla P6, Lilia P3, Millie P3, Heather P3, Blythe P3, Sadie P3, Katie P3

See their amazing pictures here:


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