The Dearne Community Arts’ Festival 2019 took place yesterday at Astrea Academy Dearne. It was another fantastic day of championing creativity and celebrating community and I’m so privileged to know so many amazing creatives! Thanks to all who participated, volunteered and attended.

The Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Pauline Markham, came to open the event and chat with everyone:

The community mosaic project was also unveiled at the arts’ festival. With 252 people involved in the creation of this mosaic designed by Ruth Waterworth, this was a fantastic project for bringing people together and we hope the mosaic will be displayed locally on a permanent basis.

Another community arts’ project was the ‘Go Wild In Thurnscoe!’ sculpture trail, and Vincent the Sun Bear and Hilda the Hippo (from Station House) were both on display at the festival.

We had loads of exhibitions with paintings, crafts, jewellery, clothing and cards for sale.