Future Voices: Ferocious, fiery GoGoDragons! fly into Norwich

Future Voices: Kieron Williamson

Future Voices: Kieron Williamson - Credit: Archant

This summer thousands of children will spend hours racing round the streets of Norwich in search of Snap, Bajestic, Draco, the Mighty Oakus, and their many friends.

The dragons have invaded side streets and landmarks of Norwich to impress passers-by with their colourful wings.

However, one Norfolk youngster has already spent hours ensuring this year's GoGoDragons! trail is a spectacular success.

Kieron Williamson, often referred to as Norfolk's 'Mini Monet', has designed and painted one of the 84 dragons, named Luda, which has helped to bring a wash of colour to the already dazzling city of Norwich.

At just 12 years old, Kieron is already widely recognised for his beautiful paintings of Norfolk landscapes, and now even more people will view his work. Kieron told me the inspiration for Luda came from the local legend of the dragon at Ludham, and said: 'I thought it would be great to paint local Ludham scenes on the dragon.'


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Luda is on display inside The Forum, and Kieron admits it was a tough project. He added: 'It took nearly 100 hours painting, with frequent changes to the design. The most challenging part of painting such a large sculpture was that there were no edges to the canvas!'

It's not every day a 12-year-old gets the chance to be a part of such an amazing event.

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'I'm really pleased and excited to be part of the Wild In Art trail,', he said. 'I hope the trail will help to make more people aware of the amazing work that the Break charity do for young children in care and in need - it's a fantastic charity and I really hope to work with them again in the future.' Kieron also hopes Luda will inspire a new generation of budding artists to pick up a paintbrush and get creative.

If you want to visit Luda - or any of the dragons on the trail - you can do so for free. The trail runs until September 5, and trail maps are available here.

Click here to find out more about Kieron and his work.

Which is your favourite GoGoDragon? Tweet @FutureVoicesNfk or email ben.dunne@norfolk.gov.uk

Emily Oxbury, 14, Thorpe St Andrew School

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