Welcome to #HEARTyourtown. As part of our recovery journey from COVID-19, the council has invested in local artists to bring colour and creativity to our town centres.
As we came out of the first lockdown in the summer of 2020 #HEARTyourtown was a creative response to the pandemic, used to enhance public spaces in Huddersfield and Dewsbury. In 2021, as we begin to return to normal, the project has been extended across North Kirklees where you'll find surprising artworks on display in Mirfield, Heckmondwike, Batley and Dewsbury.
West Yorkshire Print Workshop
- By Julia Borodina, Helaina Sharpley, Jim Bond, Marina Poppa, Lucie Sykes, Harriet Lawson/Nicola Wind
- Location: Mirfield, Heckmondwike, and Huddersfield
The West Yorkshire Print Workshop has commissioned 6 local artists to create a mixture of art installations, window displays, and temporary sculptures during July and August. They aim to support artists whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic and be part of the wider economic recovery in the area, by highlighting local creatives, independent retailers, cultural resources, and local landmarks. In addition to the installations, a number of live events will take place, including artist demonstrations/public participatory sessions, and off-street 'animation' performance to highlight the sites in Mirfield.
Creative Scene - Batley Street Art Trail
- By Emmeline North, Tom Wood and TBA
- Location: Redbrick Mill and Batley Train Station with further sites being confirmed
Creative Scene is working with local artists to create new artworks and murals at sites across Batley. The artworks will celebrate Batley and its people, marking a new start for the town in 2021. Work on Redbrick Mill and Batley Train station will start soon with further work planned over the coming year. Once all suitable sites have been identified there will be a street art trail across the town supported by a new Creative Scene app which will bring the works to life with poetry, music, and aminations.
WOVEN - Stitched Resilience Exhibition
- Researched and created by Nicola Twynham
- Dewsbury town centre and online
Stitched Resilience is an online and outdoor exhibition commissioned by WOVEN festival to celebrate our resilience in the face of challenging times. Right from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic many domestic and industrial textile makers turned their hands to making much-needed PPE for hospitals, care homes, schools, and other key workers. This enormous gesture of kindness, goodwill, and creativity has been collated into an exhibition of images of how people stepped up in a time of crisis. The exhibition also showcases how the process of making has been essential to many people's lives during lockdown as a way to process and respond to being in isolation, shielding, or home-schooling. The full exhibition and stories are available at Stitched Resilience and a selection of images are showcased in the outdoor gallery in Dewsbury town centre during June - August 2021. QR codes link passers-by to stories of individuals and industries spotlighted in the images. WOVEN Festival is a biennial celebration of innovation and textiles across Kirklees.
About the artworks
Below are the artworks you could see in Dewsbury, Mirfield and Heckmondwike. You can also see more images of the artworks on our Kirklees Council Instagram .
About the artists
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for creative professionals, especially as many of them didn't qualify for financial support from the government. In addition to creating beautiful spaces for local people and visitors to enjoy, we were proud to support some of our talented artists and the wider Kirklees creative economy. Below is a little bit of information about the people behind the works.