Biennale 2018

Biennale case study: Dark Skies Project – Pentland Infant and Nursery School and Manasamitra

‘Dark Skies’ brighten days for Pentland Infant and Nursery School children! Families share a unique and exciting twilight music, dance and visual art experience in Crow Nest park, working alongside professional musicians from Manasamitra. ‘I liked that part on Saturday when we went to the park because I saw all my friends around. I liked …

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“How wonderful. Must make travellers smile every day and that is what life is about.” – The Great Kirklees Railway Exhibition Is Up!

Take a trip along the Penistone Line, and you cannot fail to notice the new art work adorning some of the platforms. Pupils from Honley Junior School, Netherthong Primary School, Farnley Tyas First School, Scholes Primary School, Royds Hall Community School and Holme Primary School have produced 100 large-scale paintings for Our Biennale’s The Great …

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Almondbury Community School work with Animator Rozi Fuller

Almondbury Community School have been working with animator Rozi Fuller on the Our Darkness & Light Animation project for Our Biennale. One pupil has been so inspired by the project that they said, “I’m definitely going to be an animator”. Marsden I and N School, Birkby Junior School, Hillside Primary School and Holmfirth JI and …

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Our Darkness & Light Animation at Marsden Infants & Nursery School

Gorgeous poems from children at Marsden Infant and Nursery School for Our Darkness and Light Animation were created with poet Louise Fazackerley. Louise said: “Marsden Y2 thought about Marsden by moonlight and Marsden on a sunny day and shared stories of sheep creating havoc!”   Cool Day by Year 2 We wake up on weekends in Marsden. …

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Poetry & visual art with Birkby Junior School for Our Darkness & Light Animation

Our poet, Louise Fazackerely, visited 3 classes at Birkby Junior School. She said  “In Birkby I was keen for children to experiment with the use of speech in their work.  I shared Michael Rosen’s poem ‘Chivvy’ and ‘Fishbone’s Dreaming’ by Matthew Sweeney.  This inspired groups to think about play, the passing of time and local …

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Over 1,000 children and young people reached by Our Biennale sending artists to work in schools and colleges in Kirklees

Over 1,000 children and young people across Kirklees have been reached thanks to Our Biennale. The brand-new arts and cultural festival saw Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Musica Kirklees, Chol Theatre, Manasamitra, The Children’s Art School and independent artists working in 17 schools and colleges. Exhibitions and performances based on the festival’s theme …

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Stop Press! 55 Children Are Authors of a New Story Book!

Professor Abdullah’s Metal Metropolis and Other Imaginary Communities ‘The people celebrated with a shooting fireball disco party on a rollercoaster. Everyone’s wishes had come true.’ Autumn has arrived and it seems like the perfect time to share our brilliant news. Our first ever children’s book has been created with 55 children in Kirklees! Published by the …

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Quotes from Pupils at Scholes Village Primary School

Here are some great quotes from pupils at Scholes Village Primary School who took part in The Great Kirklees Railway Exhibition with The Children’s Art School. And what a masterpiece they made! Read more about the project here. “I really enjoyed the art because it is fun, art does not always need to be right. I …

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Our Darkness and Light Animation

In the last few weeks The Children’s Art School has worked with 330 children in  5 schools across Kirklees to create an animation around the theme of Darkness and Light. Four primary schools (Marsden I and N School, Birkby Junior School, Hillside Primary School and Holmfirth JI and N School)  initially developed ideas through poetry …

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