HUNDREDS of Brighouse and Rastrick children are getting creative.
Two art festivals are planned which are designed to promote the wealth of artistic talent in the town – and get kids more creative.
Pupils at five Rastrick primary schools will be collaborating with students at Rastrick High School to take part in the Rastrick Schools’ Diamond Jubilee Arts Festival over the coming weeks.
Longroyde School headteacher Robert Fox said: "Everyone taking part is excited by the opportunity to showcase the wealth of creative and artistic talent which is fostered in our Rastrick schools.”
The ‘Face Rastrick’ Art Competition will culminate in an exhibition at Rastrick High School.
There the portrait work of pupils from Carr Green, Castlefields, Field Lane, Longroyde and Woodhouse schools will be shown alongside that of older students at the A-Level Art Exhibition at Rastrick High School on June 28.
Running alongside it will be a writing competition, with a sporty theme, sponsored by the Bearder Trust.
Pupils and students are set the task of writing in a genre of their choice and the winners will be announced at a reception for finalists, their teachers and families in Rastrick High School library in early July.
Weeks of creativity will culminate in a gala concert at Rastrick High School on July 3 which will feature music and dance from individual schools as well as several items presented by all the schools together.
Meanwhile, a week of art activities are planned for the Brighouse Diamond Jubilee Arts Festival which takes place in August.
Local artist Angela Smyth has designed a commemorative children’s colouring book in celebration of the event.
And organisers are encouraging schools to get involved with the children’s completed designs displayed in shops and businesses throughout Brighouse during the festival.
Among them is Carr Green Primary School pupil Olivia Wood who is looking forward to seeing her work on show.
Tom Ratcliffe from the Brighouse Diamond Jubilee Arts Festival Committee said: “The beauty of the Brighouse Diamond Jubilee Arts Festival is that it appeals to everyone in the community both young and old.
“With the creation of this beautifully designed colouring book we have devised a way for the younger members of our community to really feel part of the event and to experience the pleasure of having their work displayed for all to see.
“I would like to thank Angela for her work and her support of the festival. “
If you want to lend your support to making sure the festival is a success – from making a donation to volunteering times – contact organisers on 01484 718324 or visit www.brighousefestival.com.