The Soho Christmas lights echo their local community this year, more than ever, as they have been designed by children who attend Soho Parish School; situated on Great Windmill Street in the heart of Soho.
The fantastic lights were switched on on 8 November, and will be a feature of local streets into the new year.
Antonio Capelao, architect and Royal Institute of British Architects Architecture Ambassador worked with Hannah Peaty, senior leader, mindfulness leader and arts leader at the school and local florist, Joao Rocha, Managing Director of Storm Flowers in Peter Street to create the 21 light panels, that can be found on the streets of Soho.
Soho Parish School held a competition where pupils drew their designs. These designs then went before a prestigious judging panel.
Sponsors that helped make the lights happen include Westminster City Council, Shaftesbury, Soho Estates and Broadwick Soho.
Special thanks: The National Gallery, RIBA Architecture.com, St. Anne’s Church, Soho, Sister London, Soho Business Alliance, Soho Parish Primary School, Storm Flowers Garden, Antonio Capelao Architecture, This Is Soho, Ham Yard Hotel, Archer Street Soho.
Celine, a pupil at Soho Parish said to thisissoho.co.uk, “When I was doing the workshop I felt excited but also nervous in case I didn’t win. This project is a good opportunity for us to express our creativity. I designed this (her design) to include our school logo so it can welcome people to our school.”
Her light can be discovered in Archer Street.
Isla added, “At Christmas, you need to spread happiness. So with this in mind, I designed my Snowman as I really wanted to make people happy. It is a great opportunity to have our art for the Christmas Lights project displayed around the school, so the range of our creativity can be shared with all of our community.”
Her snowman can be found in Brewer Street.
Vivian aged 5 said, “I drew a funny pineapple wearing a top. I like pineapples and think they are good treats.”
Hannah Peaty said, “We were so excited to take part in this project, as an Artsmark Platinum school we highly value opportunities for children to engage in creative projects that will inspire and motivate them as well as serve the community. Seeing their artwork lit up around the streets of Soho is such a Christmas gift for the children and something to be proud of for many years to come”
Louise Richie, Headteacher at Soho Parish School, added, “We are delighted with the buzz around Soho caused by the Christmas lights project. The community is so excited to see the children’s designs. Of course the children were even more excited when the winning designs were announced at the grand switch on. Our artistic school is always at the heart of our community and this project demonstrates that visually at the most wonderful time of the year.
It has been a very exciting week for us as we have also had confirmation, that all being well, the Soho Food Feast will take place on 11th and 12th June 2022 after an absence of two years. This is a huge fundraising opportunity for our school and I thank everyone who is planning to take part and those who plan to purchase tickets when they are available from late February onwards.