SCHOOLCHILDREN produced their own interpretations of 'joy' when they created artwork for an exhibition in Rawdon.

Ten primary schools and two high schools took part in the two day annual art exhibition at Trinity Church, organised by Aireborough Learning Partnership Trust.

Children from all of the trust's schools visited over the two days and worked collaboratively on an animation using modelling clay. The animation will be edited over the coming weeks.

The ALPT choir, featuring children from most of the schools plus a band from Benton Park, performed ‘songs of joy’ - Shiny Happy People, Walking on Sunshine and The Greatest Day - in their debut performance. The music will be used as a backing track for the animation.

Co-ordinator Karen Walker said: "It went really well, we had lots of visitors both from within the schools and from the wider community. The artwork was amazing, the children had put so much work into it and we had many positive comments about it. The choir performed really well to an audience of about 130 and many of those stayed afterwards to look at the artwork.

"It was nice to be able to include singing as well as art and so get different forms of art included. There were so many ideas that came from different interpretations of the theme of Joy."

She said the exhibition was viewed by members of the church congregation over the preceding weekend, with some of the congregation coming back during the week as they wanted to spend more time looking at it.