Youngsters get arty for Tour de Yorkshire

Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy and local primary schools are decorating a giant penny farthing with Faceless Arts. It will go on display for the Tour de Yorkshire.'Evie Mulhern and Jayden Smith
Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy and local primary schools are decorating a giant penny farthing with Faceless Arts. It will go on display for the Tour de Yorkshire.'Evie Mulhern and Jayden Smith

Creative youngsters across the district are taking part in a special art project for the Tour de Yorkshire.

Pupils from Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy (HACA) and four local primary schools will produce art work to cover a wooden penny-farthing bicycle.

The bike, which is 2.3m high and 2.7m long, has been constructed by Faceless Arts to help promote physical activity across the district.

Pupils from HACA, Kinsley Primary School, Ackworth Bell Lane Primary School, Ryhill J&I School and Grove Lea Primary will be covering the large wheel with a collage of art depicting the sporty activities the district offers.

Stephen Foster, HACA assistant principal, said: “This project is a creative way in for young people to raise awareness of how to take part in sporting activity in the Wakefield district.

“It is part of a longer term project to involve families in physical activity, not just because the tour is coming to the city but also to promote the health benefits of sport.”

The completed work will be displayed in Wakefield when the Tour de Yorkshire comes to the city for stage three of the race on Sunday, May 3.

Riders will take part in a ceremonial start outside Wakefield Cathedral from 12.15pm before passing the Hepworth and onto the official race start at the junction of Agbrigg Road and Barnsley Road (A61).

Cyclists will ride through Sandal, and Newmillerdam before leaving the district at Woolley and continuing to Barnsley before heading to the finish line in Leeds.