Arts event aims to inspire creativity

Martin Branch and some sculptures that are to feature in an up-coming art festival at  St Luke's Church in Cleckheaton.
Martin Branch and some sculptures that are to feature in an up-coming art festival at St Luke's Church in Cleckheaton.
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A number of mysterious sculptures have been appearing around Spen, and folk have been getting curious!

But Cleckheaton residents need not fear an imminent alien invasion, as the otherworldly items are nothing more than the brainchild of local artist Martin Branch!

Around 30 green paper sculptures have been made for the first St Luke’s Arts Festival this month.

“They are going to play a big part in the festival,” said Martin. “We have given some of them to schools in the area and encouraged pupils to help decorate them.”

The sculptures will be installed on the ceiling above the aisle of St Luke’s Church in Moorbottom this week.

Martin said: “They will be put in order of decoration, to represent spring blooming.”

The festival in the church will feature works by artists around the area, as well as demonstrations.

Martin, who has helped to organise the festival, said: “We have had events like this at St Luke’s in the past, but I felt there were so many talented artists in the area, that the time was right for a festival.

“Kids who are doing art GCSEs, for example, won’t otherwise get a chance to exhibit their work, so this will be a great opportunity for them to showcase their talents.

“I want to inspire anyone who wouldn’t normally do artistic things to have a go and hopefully surprise themselves!”

The festival takes place on Saturday April 27, 10am-3pm, and Sunday, 12.30pm-3pm.