Dewsbury ‘Creative Town’ Arts Programme Launched



Kirklees College is proud to be involved in the Dewsbury ‘Creative Town’ arts programme which was launched recently by Kirklees Council.

Creative Town is a key part of the Dewsbury Blueprint – a 10-year plan that seeks to revitalise the town centre by honouring its heritage and build on recent investments. The programme provides an exciting and creative dimension to the townscape and will provide Dewsbury residents, businesses and community groups with an array of opportunities to engage with art and get involved in the commissioning process.

Delivered in partnership with arts organisation, Beam, Creative Town aims to enhance the overall physical experience of the town centre for residents and visitors, whilst supporting the local creative industry. The programme will also provide a valuable platform for local emerging artists to showcase their skills, including Kirklees College Art and Design students who will be participating in various projects.

The programme’s first commission will be undertaken by Dewsbury visual artist Saba Rifat which will see a new art feature in the underpass under Rishworth Road in Dewsbury. Saba takes inspiration from nature, science and traditional Islamic patterns to create unique pieces of work.  

Kirklees College is at the forefront of the project with ‘WORK’, the new Antony Gormley sculpture set to be unveiled next month, marking the first major piece of art in the programme, which will be located on the rooftop at Pioneer Higher Skills Centre in Dewsbury.

Anyone wishing to get involved with the project can share images of the patterns found in the town centre on social media platforms using the hashtags #creativetown #Dewsbury or following @dewsburycreativetown

Further information and downloadable activity sheets are available on Beam’s website HERE.

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