Kids sculpt wood’s art future

Kids sculpt wood’s art future

PUPILS from a Mirfield school are helping to sculpt the future of a much-loved woodland.

Year five students at Battyeford Primary School have been working with designer and sculptor Lewis Morgan to create a series of panels that will be displayed in Lady Wood.

Six years ago Lewis, who specialises in public artwork, also worked with Battyeford pupils and interpreted their drawings into a sculpture and plaques, which are still in place at Lady Wood.

Now, with funding from the Mirfield Community Partnership, the pupils have come up with new ideas for panels which will depict the wood’s industrial heritage.

Boards with features such as kilns, looms, mining and farming have all been designed with the help of art teacher Natalie Dean, and at the end of the project Lewis will transform the children’s ideas into large panels which will be installed at the top of the wood.

Last week David Pinder, a town councillor and member of the Mirfield Community Partnership, visited Battyeford school to discuss the project with the pupils and see for himself the work they are creating.

A registered charity, the group has worked with Kirklees Council on the regeneration of Lady Wood and helped to install an all-weather footpath through the area, with drainage and fencing, as well as pieces of public art.

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