Liverpool Pupils Create New Artwork Dazzle Island for School Playground

PUPILS from three Liverpool schools have worked together with Studio Hato to create their own dazzle-inspired artwork for the playground of Childwall Sports & Science Academy, to be launched on Thursday 3 September.

More than 100 pupils from Childwall Sports & Science Academy, Greenbank Primary and Childwall Valley Primary collaborated with award-winning designers Studio Hato. Dazzle Island is inspired by Sir Peter Blake’s Everybody Razzle Dazzle commission for the Mersey Ferry.

Dazzle Island is part of Curious Minds’ Specialist Leaders in Cultural Education (SLiCE) fellowship programme, between Liverpool Biennial and Childwall Sports & Science Academy.

To create the permanent artwork, over the past six months the children explored different artists’ work and made their own symbols using digital learning tools. These bespoke tools were developed by the pupils together with Studio Hato.

Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said: “It is exciting to see people continuing to engage with the history of dazzle camouflage in Liverpool. We are thrilled that the children from Childwall’s primary and secondary shools have had the opportunity to create their own dazzle artwork for the city.”

James Kerfoot, Head Teacher, said: “Childwall Sports & Science Academy is committed to inspiring our students by unlocking their creativity. We are delighted to be working with Curious Minds and now Liverpool Biennial on this project to create a stimulating environment for all our staff and students.”

Peter Ward, Director of SMSC and CPD, said: “It has been fantastic to see this new collaborative artwork take shape and become something that students can use every day. We can’t wait to see the students’ reactions when they return to school on 2 September. It has been a brilliant opportunity for Childwall SSA to work with the Biennial and the primary schools to continue to transform our learning enviroment through the visual arts.”

To find out more about the dazzle ships and accompanying programme, which includes a free digital learning resource with activities for schools and young people, visit