This all started last October, when the civic society arranged an open meeting for groups and individuals to explore ideas on how to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. Rhona Crichton, secretary of Pontefract Art Club proposed a “Jubilee Art Walk in Pontefract”, and the civic society were delighted that Rhona offered to take the lead in that project. By February, Rhona had contacted local schools and New College, canvases were kindly donated by Pomfret Gallery, and Pontefract Civic Society provided the paint using from a National Lottery Community Fund grant. Both Rhona and civic society worked together to find suitable locations, mainly independent businesses who would display children’s artwork. The shops and other businesses responded with such enthusiasm, and we are all very grateful for their support.

Rhona Crichton said, “it has been an absolute pleasure to be involved with this project which has showcased the talent of our young artists. I am delighted the way it has been received and goes to show how individuals, community groups, schools and business can work together. We really believe that this is a fitting tribute to Her Majesty the Queen, and we’re excited that an art trail may become an annual event in Pontefract”.

The artwork is now displayed around the town and a Google map is available from both the civic society and Pontefract Art Club Facebook pages for viewing on mobile devices, and for printing. The Paintings will be on display until after the Liquorice Festival when they will be returned to the schools. It is hoped that this is the start of an annual partnership and Art walk for the town.

Phil Cook, vice chair, Pontefract Civic Society, which has taken the lead in orchestrating the Jubilee celebrations for the town said, “we set off last year exploring how we could mark this once in a lifetime occasion through hard work and enthusiasm and not just for a few days. We were determined to ensure there would be a legacy with some events becoming annual events. I’m delighted to say working with Rhona, our like-minded community groups, schools, and businesses we feel that those goals will be achieved through new annual events to promote Pontefract as a place to work, live, enjoy and visit. The enthusiasm shown with this project is amazing and we are very grateful to all involved especially the Rhona for her drive and enthusiasm with this project”.

A summary of the Jubilee programme for Pontefract is displayed outside the town hall, and will be more widely distributed across the town, as well as social channels @pontefractcivic.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.