What is Our Biennale?

Our Biennale is a festival of arts and culture made with children and young people in Kirklees. Throughout the festival musicians, artists, theatre-makers and choreographers work with schools and colleges to enable children and young people to make their very own remarkable pieces of music, art, drama and dance.

Partners from the Kirklees Local Cultural Education Partnership, EvoKe, collaborate with young people, artists, cultural organisations, and teachers to co-create an amazing festival for the community to be proud of, which started in September 2020 and continues to June 2021.

Helping students reconnect with teachers and friends

Celebrating the ideas and creativity of our younger generation, Our Biennale’s focus in 2020/21 is well-being and using the arts as a major part of the recovery curriculum. As children and young people juggle school, lockdowns and isolations, our artists can help them re-establish relationships.

How will it work?

Our Biennale is continuing until summer 2021, so there will be plenty of opportunity for schools, colleges, groups and communities to get involved at a time that works for you.

Arts organisations and artists have enabled their projects to be delivered remotely through pre-recorded video links and live streaming.

All projects can and will adjust to ensure safe participation for artists, staff and pupils in line with government guidance.

How will it be celebrated?

We are planning to end the festival with an online exhibition of work and that may become part of a Biennale Finale outdoor exhibition in June 2021, depending on guidance at the time - keep checking back for the latest. Whether online or outdoors, the exhibitions will show what the young people have achieved throughout the festival working with Kirklees artists and arts organisations.

The programme

  • Artist led projects in schools
  • Our Biennale clubs for schools and youth groups
  • Projects and opportunities in the community
  • Online exhibitions and/or Biennale Finale outdoor exhibitions in June 2021 in partnership with WOVEN

Exclusive Project Offers for Kirklees Schools

All projects will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Schools and artists can work together to arrange workshop dates and all materials will be sent to your school.

Have a look at all the projects on offer here


Interested? Hurry, don't miss out!

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About Our Biennale 2018

From September - November 2018 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Musica Kirklees, Chol Theatre, Manasamitra, The Children’s Art School and independent artists collaborated with 1,900 students in 18 schools and colleges in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. They helped them create amazing work in dance, music, animation, poetry, art and drama, all based on the theme Darkness and Light.

The incredible pieces were performed and exhibited at Our Biennale’s Big Draw & Play Day on 10th November 2018, Manasamitra’s Dark Skies on 10th November 2018, Untroubled Light // Melt on 20th November 2018, the Biennale Finale on 20th November 2018 and at The Great Kirklees Railway Exhibition along the Penistone Line.

To have a look at all the amazing sessions, events, exhibitions, performances and activities that took place during the festival, have a look at the great pictures in our Gallery.

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And we're off... Our Biennale projects start this week in schools with keyworker children

The first is Shoddy with artist Jane Howroyd (Art 4 All) helping children produce textile pieces inspired by the shoddy trade in #Kirklees

Massive thanks to the hardworking teachers making this possible in these difficult times!
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Loving the creative challenges set for the students at The Childrens Art School😁 On Saturday they explored self-portraits and collaging!
The Childrens Art School is based in Kirklees and delivers visual arts opportunities to children of all ages through their regular art clubs, activities in Huddersfield Town Centre and through community projects. They also deliver @ourbiennale which is a Kirklees wide arts festival for children and young people 👍
It's great to hear that the students have been so creative, even through lockdown and although the sessions are online, they're always so upbeat which is great! We can't wait to see what else the students create! Happy Monday 😊

1 day ago
And we're off... #OurBiennale projects start this week in schools with keyworker children

1st= artist Jane Howroyd helping children produce textile pieces inspired by the #Shoddy trade in #Kirklees

Huge thanks to the hardworking teachers making this possible!

@Art4All_Yorks https://t.co/UTqIc6on4H
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1 week ago
Fantastic Producer job opportunity: @CulturalEvoke is looking for an individual/small team to deliver the Biennale Finale event as part of Our Biennale Children's Art Festival #artinkirklees

Check out the link below!

Questions to: info @evokekirklees.org

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1 month ago
Merry Christmas everyone. Hope you get to be creative over the break and we look forward to cracking on in the New Year.

Stay safe x https://t.co/OcwCYgp1Y2
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