Free art festival coming to Horsforth

Town Street, Horsforth
Town Street, Horsforth
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Horsforth will be transformed into the ‘biggest art gallery in the country’ with a two-day event taking in homes, businesses and public spaces in the village.

The weekend of activities, dubbed the ‘Walk of Art’, will be the first free art festival in its kind in Horsforth. It will take place on July 4 and 5.

Around 45 artists will exhibit their work in a variety of places across Town Street, New Road Side and Station Road, Work will be shown in church halls, scout huts, shed ‘galleries’ and open gardens.

Primary schools in the village are also taking part, with children making creative gardens and crafts.

Mum-of-two Lara Rule, from Horsforth, founded the project after being inspired by talented people she met in her community. She said: ”Horsforth is full of amazing people. I’ve realised a lot of professional artists live in Horsforth, but we don’t actually do anything to celebrate their art.”

Lara approached Horsforth artist and Parkinson’s Disease sufferer Ralph Bainbridge to assist with the project after reading an article about his work.

She said: “I met Ralph, told him my idea and he loved it.”

Retired engineer Ralph, who has been painting for 60 years, will be exhibiting and selling his work from his driveway as part of the festival – as will other artists in the village. The money raised will go to charities chosen by the contributors.

He said: “This is the opportunity for Horsforth to become a ‘go to’ artistic hotspot, showcasing unknown talents.”

So far the Walk of Art has only been promoted through social media and word of mouth, but Lara said the news was travelling fast, adding: “Every week I get another email from somebody wanting to take part. It’s brilliant, it has become really big.”

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