Art project in Pontefract

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Date: 04/08/2015

Wakefield Council has teamed up with a primary school in Pontefract to launch an art project to celebrate the town's historic buildings.

Pupils at Cobblers Lane Primary School created drawings and paintings which have been made into transfers that fit inside the window panes of a set of decommissioned telephone boxes in the market place, to create an eye catching display.

The telephone boxes were strewn with bunting, which was cut at the launch event ( held on Saturday August 1) by Cllr Pat Garbutt, to officially mark the opening of the art display. The event was also attended by Cobblers Lane Primary School deputy head Melanie Barber.

The project is part of the Council's Townscape Heritage Initiative which provides grants to building owners to help repair historic buildings in the town centre and is part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The scheme aims to promote and increase awareness of the heritage of Pontefract including the historic buildings that survive in the town.

Pupils at Cobblers Lane Primary School have been learning about Pontefract's heritage and why it is important to look after historic buildings for future generations before creating their art inspired by key buildings.

Cllr Pat Garbutt, chair of the THI grant board, said: "I was delighted to see the colourful artwork created by pupils from the Cobblers Lane Primary School.

"The talent and creativity of the pupils has helped to provide a great new use for the decommissioned telephone boxes."

There are opportunities community groups to get involved in arts projects. For more information call Jo Hill: 01924 306681.