Design By UTC Sheffield Student Unveiled On City’s Gritters
Photo credit: Dean Hodson
A UTC Sheffield student’s creative designs are set to tour the streets of Sheffield this winter.
Kirstie Dale, 17, is one of three pupils from across the city who has won a competition to create artwork for the Streets Ahead gritters.
As part of a competition run by Streets Ahead, pupils from infant schools, primary schools and colleges were asked to showcase their artistic talents by creating wintry designs for the gritters named The Bear, Snowy Steve and Steel City.
The artwork was unveiled this week by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Anne Murphy. The two other winning designs were submitted by Arvin Hamidi, of Hallam Primary School, and Nabil Abubaker,.of Pye Bank School.
Just in time for the winter season, the three designs which include Kirstie’s snowy scene of Sheffield, will be seen on the vehicles as they travel on the city’s roads this winter.
Kirstie said: “It’s amazing to see my work on the side of a gritter. I’ve really enjoyed taking part in the competition and designing the winter scene of Sheffield.”
Kirstie is completing a technical qualification in creative and digital at UTC Sheffield City Centre campus, on Matilda Street, alongside her academic subjects.
She added: “In my AS Level photography class, we have been looking at Sheffield landmarks and I used the Cheesegrater, Winter Gardens and Meadowhall as reference points for the competition artwork. I really enjoy everything that I am studying at the UTC because digital media is relevant to what I want to do in future.”
Victoria Allen, Curriculum Director for Creative and Digital, UTC Sheffield, added: “I’m absolutely delighted that Kirstie is a winner. The UTC trains students in the technical skills that employers need, and this competition has given her the opportunity to put her graphic design skills to the test.”
The students with the winning designs attended the unveiling alongside parents and teachers who were the first to see the artwork emblazoned on the side of the vehicles.
Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet member for Environment and Street Scene at Sheffield City Council, who also attended the event, said: “It was fantastic to see the new designs on the side of the gritters and to thank the winning students for their inventive creations.
“The competition was a great way for the team at Streets Ahead to work with local schools and colleges and give our gritters a fresh look. All the designs submitted were of a high standard and the winning students are really excited to see their very own artwork on the move across Sheffield in coming months.”