Dearne kids reconnect with nature through arts project

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Youngsters have reconnecting with nature as part of a unique art project designed to get kids to enjoy the great outdoors.

Wakefield-based company Faceless Arts has been running a series of unique outdoors workshops around the Dearne Valley this Autumn.

Creative arts leaders from the firm said they were on a mission to cure youngsters of ‘nature deficit disorder’, in which they feel a disconnect from nature.

They worked with hundreds of children as part of the ‘Art Comes Naturally’ campaign who were encouraged to forage for natural materials, such as leaves, and then arrange them to create temporary artworks. The artwork was then photographed to be displayed in their school.

The sessions took place at Thurnscoe Memorial Park, Elsecar Park, Dearne Valley Park, Waterloo Kiln and Pottery Park in Swinton.

Bev Adams, of Faceless Arts, said due to society’s increasing dependence on technology many youngsters don’t get out and about as much.

She added: “We believe that society needs an intervention and we are in a good position to help.”

It was funded by Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts and the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership.