Horsforth Walk of Art could become annual event

Dean Taylor and Izaskun Arrieta with the horse they created for the Walk of Art

Dean Taylor and Izaskun Arrieta with the horse they created for the Walk of Art

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HORSFORTH’S first ‘Walk of Art’ festival has been hailed a major success.

Hundreds of people toured a string of exhibits made by professional artists, Horsforth schoolchildren and residents during the weekend festival.

Isabel Jones, four, and  six-year-old sister Abigail  working on their art project

Isabel Jones, four, and six-year-old sister Abigail working on their art project

Exhibits were on display at locations in and around Town Street, New Road Side and Station Road.

A total of 40 shops donated their front windows for art displays created by professional artists and children from Horsforth schools.

Event organiser Lara Rule said: “It was an amazing success. I’ve had the most fantastic feedback. People are quite desperate for this to happen again and I’m hoping it will be held again next year and will become an annual event.

“I was genuinely blown away by the feel of the day and the wonderful work from our local and almost local community.

“It was lovely having seasoned exhibitors next to first time exhibitors and I think that is what really made the day special. Every single person regardless of level of ability and experience got a chance to shine, develop, sell and make contacts with others.

“It was a fantastic showcasing event and I think not only did we showcase well we most definitely engaged people in creativity who might not otherwise and we have inspired people to create in whatever wacky and wonderful way they want.

“The schools’ contributions were immense and you really did Horsforth proud.”

Hunger Hill Woods was transformed into an open-air art gallery. The outdoor displays included 300 miniature clay sculptures of Horsforth characters made by students at Horsforth High School.

There were also free drop-in hands-on activity sessions at various locations including a how to mosaic and create with clay workshop at the Firefly pottery cafe on Town Street.

Artist David Starley said in a message to Lara Rule: “Had a great time. I was especially impressed by the number of people who ‘don’t normally go to events like this’ but thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“Also to make kids welcome on an art trail, which is not always the case. Thank you for your many months hard work. If you do it again I’d be more than happy to take part.”

Marc Silkstone.

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