Art Foundation students at Huddersfield New College have welcomed award winning jewellery artist Zoe Robertson for a special two day project as part of the first ever Children’s Biennale. 

The Biennale is a brand new festival of arts and culture made with children and young people across Kirklees.  This unique event will see young people work with artists, composers, choreographers, musicians, writers, DJs and theatre producers to make their very own remarkable pieces of dance, music, poetry, art and drama. These will be then performed and exhibited across local schools. 


HNC students have been selected to take part in one of 8 keynote events. This will see them working with Zoe to design and create costumes for the Phoenix Dance Group. The lucky group will be supported by Zoe to create the 3D costumes which will be used in a range of performances in schools during the Biennale.  Zoe creates theatrically sized jewellery and is an experimental artist  and her work has been showcased internationally. 


Lydia Green, Head of Art at HNC comments: “We are thrilled that our Art Foundation students have been selected to be part of one eight keynote events for the project. This is not only an amazing opportunity for them to be challenged and inspired by an award winning artist, but also see their ideas turned into actual costumes used in high profile performances. Our Art Foundation students are talented and progress to a range of exciting careers in the field, and we are very proud that they will be creating costumes that will be enjoyed by hundreds of audience members across the Biennale. This is a fantastic chance for them to hone and grow their skills, and create some unique pieces for their portfolio.”


The Art Foundation course is a post-18 course, designed to  give students who intend either to study in higher education or enter a creative profession the opportunity to further extend and develop their creative potential across a range of disciplines before selecting and focusing on their personal creative specialism. It is free for those aged 19 or under, further information can be found by clicking here