Ukrainian-inspired Easter eggs decorated by Wirral children unveiled in Liverpool ahead of Eurovision

Giant eggs designed by children from across the Liverpool City Region and the Ukrainian community have gone on display in Liverpool as the city prepares for both Easter and Eurovision.

Inspired by the Ukrainian and Eastern European tradition of egg painting, Pysanka Eggs is a partnership between Liverpool City Council and Liverpool ONE.

The designs reflect Ukrainian culture and traditions, those of the other competing Eurovision countries and the wider Liverpool City Region communities.

The display in Liverpool ONE features seven eggs, one for each city region, plus an additional egg to represent Ukraine:

  • Peggy by Pamela Sullivan with Castleway Primary in Moreton, Leasowe Primary, Eastway Primary in Moreton, and Hayfield School in Upton
  • Sounds We Love by Nicola McGovern with St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School in Bootle (Sefton)
  • The Murdichords Caring Owl by Caroline Daly with Murdishaw West Community Primary School in Runcorn (Halton)
  • Nadiya [pronounced na-dee-ya] by MrASingh with St Paul and St Timothy’s Catholic Infant School in West Derby and Anfield Primary (Liverpool)
  • Singing Nightingale Watch in the Meadow by Jo Eyles with St Joseph the Worker Catholic Primary School in Kirkby (Knowsley)
  • Vision by Ruta Staseviciute with Eccleston Lane Ends Primary School (St Helens)
  • Peaceanka by Ruta Staseviciute in partnership with Ukrainian Children’s Choir working with the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain

Artist Pamela said, “Every school has been incredible. The designs are beautiful and so full of love and support for the people of Ukraine but also full of hope too. Talking to the children about their designs and why they made them has been really inspiring. The children have shown nothing but empathy and understanding for people not just from Ukraine but from all over the world who have come to our country in desperate need of our help and support.”   

Stuart Mycroft, Headteacher of Castleway Primary School in Moreton, added, “As a school community, we’re incredibly excited about Eurovision being held in Liverpool so to be involved in this project has been incredible for our children… and me too!

“Already, our children’s knowledge and appreciation for Ukrainian culture and overall fabulousness of Eurovision has been enriched and that’s before we even begin our own ‘CastleVision’ celebrations in May. Being part of the EuroLearn project, working with Pam and collaborating with the other schools has been an experience our children will never forget. Unless we win this year and have to host it all over again that is!” 

The project is part of EuroLearn, made possible thanks to funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund with additional support from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Funding from Spirit of 2012 will also support EuroLearn, as well as the future evaluation of Eurovision’s benefit to the city region.

Led by Liverpool City Council’s Culture Liverpool team, alongside a wide range of creative partners, this is the first time a host city has offered an engagement programme of this scale. The community activity was an integral part of the successful bid and one of the main reasons that Liverpool was chosen to host the song contest on behalf of Ukraine.

Alongside the display, an online artist-developed resource pack is available to download via the Culture Liverpool website , enabling not only schools, but people of any age to get involved.  

Claire McColgan CBE, Director of Culture Liverpool, said, “It’s incredibly exciting to see the culmination of the first EuroLearn project. It’s a special moment for children right across the region, as well as those in our Ukrainian community, to have their artwork on display in a public place which is set to welcome tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world.

“It’s been so heartening to see how the children have embraced the significant cultures and traditions of Ukraine, which are reflected in the designs, and for them to gain a greater understanding of belonging, unity and hope.”

Image: Castleway Primary, Leasowe Primary, Eastway Primary and Hayfield School pupils with Wirral egg Peggy by Pamela Sullivan. Credit: Pete Carr

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