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A party occasion with students from Upper Batley High School giving a tour of the artworks, live music by walkabout street band The Skiband, delicious tea and cakes by Friends of Batley Train Station and welcoming speeches at 1pm.
Batley is opening up after lockdown, and to celebrate we are launching a new art trail on the streets of Batley. With new artworks created by leading artists, the town will be telling its stories on walls, banners and through a new App.
Batley Train Station is the first site on the route of The Batley Art Trail, with a vibrant new collection of painted artworks filling the doors and windows of the station and platforms. The artwork ‘The Joy Project’ has been created by Emmeline North, with twenty-six individual and unique designs filling the window and door panels at Batley Train Station. Her striking designs make reference to the town’s architecture, the contours of the hills around the town and the River Calder.
You can also spot objects she found around the site – including bedspring coils, as well as textile patterns, that create a rich patchwork of colour and shapes reflecting diverse local cultures.
Emmeline also led workshops with school students at Upper Batley High School over the summer to introduce them to woodblock printing and pattern workshops.
Later in the Autumn, the next new artwork will be unveiled on the large gable end wall of Redbrick Mill. ‘The Tree of Life’ has been designed by artist Tom Wood who works out of the Mill at Redbrick Artists studios. Tom has run workshops with Year 7’s from Batley Girls’ High School using a combination of painting, drawing, digital art, and collage.
The Batley Art Trail will develop across town into the new year with new digital artworks that can be viewed through an App. More details soon!
This project is funded by Kirklees Council and is part of its #HEARTyourtown initiative in North Kirklees.