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Art and dance

Published: 25/04/2014

Artwork inspired by dance will go on display across two North Wales’ counties in May. The exhibition is part of a joint project by Communities First East Flintshire together with Flying Start run over Easter at John Summers High School in Queensferry and the Oak Tree Centre in Rhyl. It is also in partnership with the Family Information Service and North Denbighshire Communities First Cluster who are working with baby and toddler groups, a holiday club and people from the local community. Children aged two and above worked with professional visual artist Luned Rhys Parri and dance practitioner Jamie Jenkins from NEW Dance to create artwork based on the theme of happy face, dancing feet. The project explored how young people respond to emotion, what makes them happy and how this is physically and verbally conveyed. The exhibitions will be held at Clwyd Theatr Cymru from 6 May to 10 June and Rhyl Library Gallery from 24 May to 19 July with young people performing alongside the exhibits during the official opening. Councillor Chris Bithell, Cabinet Member for Education said: “I am delighted that young people and parents within Communities First areas in Flintshire and Denbighshire are receiving valuable creative opportunities to express themselves and ultimately learn new artistic skills. This project also demonstrates excellent partnership working between local authorities and I congratulate all officers involved.” Sian Fitzgerald, Arts Development Officer for Denbighshire County Council said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for all involved, both to develop creative skills in the community and also to further develop creative partnerships, not only with the North Denbighshire Communities First Cluster and Family Information Services within Denbighshire, but also with Flintshire Arts, Culture and Events section.” This project had been jointly funded by Flintshire Arts, Culture & Events section, Communities First East Flintshire, Denbighshire Communities Arts Service and The Arts Council of Wales. Editors Note: For picture opportunities please contact: Flintshire: Trefor Lloyd Roberts Arts Development Officer Flintshire County Council 01352 704027 / Denbighshire: Jo McGregor Freelance Arts Co-ordinator Denbighshire County Council 01745 730209 / 07973 931097