Empty shops in the Piazza Shopping Centre in Huddersfield town centre will come alive with the sights and sounds of artwork, music and films.

Expect sculptures, music, sound walks, dance, artwork, films and photographs to be on display on Saturday and Sunday June 19 and 20.

The exhibitions are the work that children and young people in Kirklees have created over the past year juggling school, lockdowns and isolations.

Entitled: ‘Our Biennale Finale’ the exhibitions mark the conclusion of the Our Biennale festival and is a celebration of all that was achieved against the odds.

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‘Our Biennale’ has seen musicians, artists, theatre-makers and choreographers working with schools, colleges and communities to enable children and young people to make their very own remarkable pieces of music, art, poetry, drama and dance – all against the backdrop of Covid-19.

The ‘Moulding Memories’ exhibition will be of particular importance as it focuses on the experiences of the younger generation living through a pandemic.

The Piazza Centre deserted during lockdown

Our Biennale director Chloe Williams said: “Nearly 2,000 children have shared their feelings about the past year in hundreds of drawings and poetry pieces.

“These have then been pulped and created into blocks using moulds. A large sculpture has been created encompassing blocks from every participating school, each one a personal captured moment of this time whilst also reflecting the universal experience of children throughout the last year.”

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The Finale exhibitions are also part of the WOVEN festival and will give children and young people the chance to make their own mark on these public spaces.

“Our aim is to teach children that they can change their world,” said Chloe. “By encouraging them to create and exhibit large scale artworks, we are showing them they have the right to affect the environment around them. They have also drawn on the pavement and on shop windows to create that celebratory feel.”

The exhibitions will all follow social distance guidelines and can all be experienced online at http://www.ourbiennale.org

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