Leeds children’s work to go on show

Models made by local youngsters featured in last year's Walk of Art
Models made by local youngsters featured in last year's Walk of Art
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School children have created a band of clay models inspired by Henry Moore to feature in a community art festival.

Every primary school in Horsforth is taking part in the sculpture project - producing work to show in The Horsforth Walk of Art.

Children from Horsforth Newlaithes, Horsforth Featherbank and St Margaret’s C of E primary schools threw themselves into sculpting with art teacher Lucy Brown and sculpture artist Nicholas Kidd from Horsforth School.

Festival organiser, Lara Rule, who has set up links between the schools and artists, said: “Who knows what type of art, craft or technology will stick. Art and creativity isn’t just how well you can draw. Creativity gives rise to flexibility and problem solving skills, two things that will set our children up well for the future.”

In addition to this collaboration, 16 more artists from Horsforth and the wider Leeds community are giving their time freely to schools serving Horsforth’s children.

A fine art perfumer, abstract artist, upholsterer, animator and fine art embroiderer are among those who will be taking part in workshops with the youngsters.

The schools’ work will be displayed in 68 high street windows alongside that of local residents during the Walk of Art on July 2 and 3.

People will also be able to enjoy 30 open gardens, a ‘moving’ concert, buskers, 80 exhibitions and 50 hands-on activities - all free of charge.

Miss Brown said: “The Horsforth Walk of Art is a fantastic opportunity for the local community to engage in a sense of playfulness.”