Horsforth’s first arts festival draws on town’s talent

Horsforth Town Street.
Horsforth Town Street.
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CHILDREN from all schools in Horsforth have been busy getting creative ahead of the town’s first free major arts festival this weekend.

Horsforth is set to be transformed at the ‘Walk of Art’ event to be held from 10am to 4pm this Saturday and Sunday.

Around 45 artists will be exhibiting their work during the weekend at locations in and around Town Street, New Road Side and Station Road.

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

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

Award winning Horsforth crime novel writer Steve Mosby will give a free talk at Horsforth Library. Free talks will also be given at the library by author and theatre producer Dan Ingram-Brown and writer Irene Lofthouse.

Pupils at The Froebelian School have created a colourful set of abstract sculptures, including a prehistoric animal and a ‘mad machine’ for display at the ‘Walk of Art.’

Other attractions will include be music performances, shed galleries, open gardens and ‘art-bombed’ wheelie bins. Horsforth Farmers’ Market will be held from 10am on the Saturday.

There will also be 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.

Event organiser Lara Rule, said: “This is the first ever event of its kind in Horsforth. It is celebrating and showcasing a creative community. The response has been amazing. Everyone has given their time for free and all the schools are involved. I’m overwhelmed by the amount of support I have had.” Go to http://horsforth-woa.org/