#HEARTyourtown is back for summer 2021 in Kirklees after its success in Dewsbury and Huddersfield last summer.
#HEARTyourtown involves temporary art installations, window displays and temporary sculptures across towns in Kirklees. The installations will pop up in July bringing a bit of colour and creativity to Kirklees town centres.
Kirklees Council has funded the #HEARTyourtown project in collaboration with West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Creative Scene and WOVEN Festival. The project has commissioned six local artists to create and display works of art for Batley, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike and Mirfield.
As well as installations, there will be a variety of live events to highlight the sites in Mirfield.
Creative Scene is working with local artists to create new artworks and murals at sites across Batley.
The final outcome will include a street art trail across the town. There will be an app to complement the trail, which will bring the works to life with poetry, music, and animations.
WOVEN festival commissioned Stitched Resilience, an online and outdoor exhibition to celebrate resilience in the face of challenging times.
A selection of images are already showcased in the outdoor gallery in Dewsbury town centre through to August 2021 with the full exhibition and stories online at Stitched Resilience’s website here.
“Brings our communities to life”
Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees, said:
“Art, culture and creativity is part of what brings our communities to life.
“Many of us find joy in art and creativity. For many it has been a lifeline and incredible outlet during this last 18 months. Unfortunately, the creative sector has been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic.
“By supporting local artists through the #HEARTyourtown project we hope that this will go some way in helping them to recover while brightening up our town centres for everyone to enjoy.
“There are so many artists involved with the project, which will result in a great variety of artworks on display across Kirklees. As life begins to return to normal, now is the perfect time to celebrate all of the creativity that surrounds us, with an art trail, interactive sessions to performance art, there is something for everyone and lots of different ways to get involved as you are out and about rediscovering your local area.”
Look out for #HEARTyourtown
The #HEARTyourtown artworks will appear in across Kirklees towns over the summer months.
You can check out photographs of the artwork on Kirklees Council’s Instagram or check them out in person across Kirklees when they get installed – installation of artwork will start from 9 July.
Find more information on the #HEARTyourtown webpage.