Ryburn Valley High students will shine at the Winterlight Festival

Fire and Water artists Jane Pugh and Isolde Davey with Year 9 students from Ryburn Valley High School

Fire and Water artists Jane Pugh and Isolde Davey with Year 9 students from Ryburn Valley High School

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Year nine students from Ryburn Valley High School present illuminated lanterns they have created for the forthcoming Winterlight Festival in Sowerby Bridge.

The students worked with artists from Sowerby Bridge Fire & Water to create the mask-inspired pieces, which are made from willow branches.

The lanterns will be carried during the Winterlight Festival procession through the streets of Sowerby Bridge, from 4.30pm on 11 December, with others forming part of an installation in the Fire and Water Building.

Head of Art Yvette Hughes said: “We jumped at the chance of being involved in the Winterlight Festival this year.

“It’s a brilliant event, bringing the community together and celebrating creativity.

“Our students learned so much from the experience, from 3D modelling skills to meeting people who have made their passion for art into their profession.”

Student CJ Bottomley said: “It was a really exciting and interesting project to be involved in.

“I loved the opportunity to work with professional artists and I can’t wait to see our work on show in the festival.”

Ryburn students’ artworks will also feature in projections onto buildings as part of the festival.

Year 11 student Olivia Robertson will have some of her photographic images featured and students’ drawings from the Big Selfie Competition will also be on display.

For more information see www.winterlightfestival.co.uk.