In conjunction with Sheffield Children’s Festival 2011, we devised a large scale photography based project and exhibition inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For this exciting and dynamic project, photographers Sabine Dundure and Timothy Logan, assisted artist in residence Andrew Conroy. They visited schools in Sheffield to show children how to create a photographic portfolio of the sports and games they play and watch.

“In conjunction with Sheffield Children’s Festival, Bank Street Arts is screening a huge schools’ photography project featuring work by over a thousand school children from all parts of Sheffield.”

Taking its inspiration from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this exciting and dynamic project combined photography and sport. Working with professional photographers Andrew Conroy and Tim Logan, the budding photo-journalists have created a portfolio of the sports and games they play along with others which were new to them as demonstrated in schools by professional athletes from around the city.

In addition to the exhibition at Bank Street Arts, the photographs will be shown on screens at sporting venues around the city including Ponds Forge, in addition to a special project website.

Some of the children will also go on to take part in the Young Photographers project – part of the 2011 Sainsbury’s UK School Games that come to Sheffield in September.

Thanks go to the staff and children at the following schools for taking part: Monteney Junior School, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, St. Wilfrid’s School, Emmaus School, Lydgate Junior School, Dore Primary School, Birkdale Preparatory School, Rivelin School, Kiveton Park Meadows Junior School, Nether Green Junior School, Mundella Primary School, Limpsfield Junior School, Hinde House School, Porter Croft CE Primary School and Bankwood Primary School. Thanks also to the professional athletes involved.