Artistic talents on display at exhibition

Arts Festival at Rastrick High School. A Level student Natalie Dugan 17, with her work.
Arts Festival at Rastrick High School. A Level student Natalie Dugan 17, with her work.

STUDENTS were given the chance to exhibit their work at the ‘Face Rastrick’ art competition.

As part of the Rastrick Schools Diamond Jubilee Arts Festival, work from youngsters from Carr Green, Castlefields, Field Lane, Longroyde and Woodhouse Schools were chosen from many more to be exhibited and entered into the competition.

Arts Festival at Rastrick High School. The Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale Coun John Hardy and Janet Hardy with head teacher Helen Lannie.

Arts Festival at Rastrick High School. The Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale Coun John Hardy and Janet Hardy with head teacher Helen Lannie.

Mollie Brook, widow of the late Brighouse artist Peter Brook, judged the finalists’ work and presented the prizes with the Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale, Coun John Hardy and wife Janet.

Maggie Binns, project co-ordinator, said: “This has been an inspiring way to encourage the children to be creative about the Queen’s Jubilee. They have all risen to the challenge and created some truly original representations of themselves and the Queen.”

The overall ‘Best in Show’ winners were Jessica Larkin from Field Lane and Luke Bailey from Castlefields who each received a winner’s medal and watercolour paint set.

Another two pupils from each school received ‘Highly Commended’ rosettes and a pack of art pens while over one hundred entries that were commended will have a Jubilee Arts Festival certificate presented to them.

The special exhibition held at Rastrick High also showcased the work of A Level students at Rastrick Sixth Form College working in Fine Art, Textiles, Graphics and Photography.

Jackie Harrowsmith, subject leader in art, said: “We are so proud of the students; we had some really exceptional art this year and the exhibition is a great way to be able to show the talent we have in school to the local community.”