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 Kirklees Railway Exhibition. All the paintings are exhibited on the platforms at railway stations along the Penistone Line and at Huddersfield Railway Station. Working with writer and storyteller Matthew Bellwood and Chloe Williams from The Children’s Art School, they created poetry and paintings by delving into the local history linked to the railways, geography, landscape and mythology, in particular the myths and legends of the dragon at Castle Hill.
Year 3 pupils at Scholes Primary said, “I really loved our tremendous painting, I am very excited for it to be up at the train station” and “The poetry was fantastic because all of our ideas can make a masterpiece.”
Chloe Williams says: “The artwork on each station creates a visual narrative for those travelling by train through the stations. The project aims to bring colour and life to places that currently feel somewhat run down, to place art in public spaces and to draw attention to Our Biennale.”
Rowena Chantler, Community Rail Officer for the Penistone Line Partnership commented: “The Penistone Line Partnership loves engaging with younger members of our communities, and we love to make the stations look brighter! It is great to add to the art work along the line, there is some amazing talent out there!”
Feedback has been great, including one person writing to tell us: “How wonderful. Must make travellers smile every day and that is what life is about.”
Over 1,000 pupils across Kirklees have been reached thanks to ‘Our Biennale’, a brand-new arts and cultural festival made with children and young people. The festival has seen Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Musica Kirklees, Chol Theatre, Manasamitra, The Children’s Art School and independent artists working in schools and colleges. Exhibitions and performances based on the festival’s theme of darkness and light will take place at various venues in Kirklees to celebrate the remarkable work created by the students.
Over the past 25 years the Penistone Line Partnership have worked on a wide range of community projects and are always looking for new ideas. If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch with Rowena on 07912 753817.