Sweet treats for China, from Hemsworth

Art workshops at Hemsworth's Art & Community college.'L to R) Connor Walton, James Clarke, Caitlin Crowther, Connor Darby, Artist Jenny Hutchinson, Connie Green, Jay Dixon, Zara Briggs, Megan Ancill.'h302a229

Art workshops at Hemsworth's Art & Community college.'L to R) Connor Walton, James Clarke, Caitlin Crowther, Connor Darby, Artist Jenny Hutchinson, Connie Green, Jay Dixon, Zara Briggs, Megan Ancill.'h302a229

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LIQUORICE all-sorts and a giant wicker hand were showcased as part of a Chinese community art project.

Hemsworth Art and Community College will develop links with China after coming on board with a multicultural twinning scheme.

The college – which is twinned with Chengdu ZongBei Middle School in Wuhou - worked on arts and crafts which were launched at a special exhibition at Yhe Orangery, Wakefield, on Monday.

The next step for the project is a British and Chinese teacher swap, beginning next month.

Stephen Foster, assistant principal, said: “The college is part of an authority wide project funded by the British Council to develop links with schools in China.

“The first part was to produce art work that represented the community and the way in which people spend their leisure and community time.

“We look at things to see how we’re special. Liquorice all-sorts represent the liquorice festival in Pontefract. When we start making the link in China we can use the sweet idea, and the hand represents the community.”

Teachers from Hemsorth will visit the Chinese school in October, while Chinese teachers will visit the arts college in January next year.