An Our Biennale 2018 project, The Great Kirklees Railway Exhibition, has been shortlisted for a Community Rail Award 2019 by ACoRP.
The project, delivered as part of the Our Biennale festival in autumn 2018, saw pupils from Honley Junior School, Netherthong Primary School, Thurstonland C of E School, Farnley Tyas First School, Scholes Village Primary School and Holme Primary School create 100 large-scale paintings which were exhibited along platforms of the Penistone Line including Huddersfield station. Working with writer and storyteller Matthew Bellwood and The Children’s Art School, the children 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 Village Primary said, “I really loved our painting, I am very excited for it to be up at the train station” and “ all of our ideas can make a masterpiece.”
Chloe Williams from The Children’s Art School said: “The artwork on each station created a visual narrative for those travelling by train through the stations. The project aimed 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 and the creativity of children and young people in Kirklees.”
Rowena Chantler, Community Rail Officer for the Penistone Line Partnership said “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
Over 1,000 pupils across Kirklees have been reached thanks to ‘Our Biennale 2018’, a new arts and cultural festival made with children and young people. The festival saw Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Musica Kirklees, Chol Theatre, Manasamitra, The Children’s Art School and independent artists work in schools and colleges. Exhibitions and performances based on the festival’s theme of darkness and light took place at various venues in Kirklees to celebrate the remarkable work created.
The Community Rail Awards, now in its 15th year, recognises the important and often unsung work carried out by community rail partnerships, station adopters and community groups, in areas such as station enhancement, community engagement and diversity. The overall winners will be announced at a gala presentation evening on Thursday 3rd October at The International Centre, Telford.