Beetle down to student shows

Ethans butterfly.
Ethans butterfly.
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Nidderdale High School students are working hard to bring together the finishing touches for two public exhibitions of their incredible artwork.

Students who take part in an applied art GCSE course, run in partnership with Number 6 Studio Gallery (part of the King Street workshops in Pateley Bridge), have been learning heritage craft skills including metalwork and jewellery making, stone carving and print making.

Maisies butterfly, complete with plant.

Maisies butterfly, complete with plant.

Their work will be on public display at an exhibition entitled ‘Bugs, Butterflies and Buildings’ at the Number 6 Gallery from Wednesday 10 May to Friday 12 May (10am-4pm).

Their portfolios of work were inspired by a trip to the Natural History Gallery at Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighley earlier in the year.

Staff at Cliffe Castle Museum were so impressed by the work of the students that they have been invited to exhibit their pieces at the venue during the May half-term holiday from Tuesday 23 May to Tuesday 30 May.

The course, which is now in its fourth successful year, is a unique partnership bringing together the High School, Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership and Adult Learning Services with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Connors metallic bug.

Connors metallic bug.

Students have received help from talented local arts and crafts professionals under the expert guidance of course tutor Biddy Noakes.

This year students have been privileged to work alongside Joe Hayton, stone mason, Michelle Pilkington, metalwork and jewellery maker and Gill Kirk, a screen print artist.

Joint head of school, Kath Jordan, said: “We are so pleased to be able to offer this unique experience to some of our year 11 students.

“They learn so much more than the craft skills needed to produce their amazing final pieces.

A bug created by Chris.

A bug created by Chris.

“Invariably, the students learn as much about themselves as they do about the new tools and skills they are introduced to as they work alongside professional crafts people who are passionate about what they do and are willing to share their own experiences.”

The exhibition at Number 6 is launched with a preview evening on Tuesday 9 May, which will be opened by Bob Orange, Unit Manager for Hanson Heidleberg quarries.

The main exhibition is open to the public from Wednesday 10 May.