Pupils have been visiting an art centre to prepare arts and crafts work for a town festival and community arts event.

The OYAP Trust, an organisation in Bicester whose projects help to expand access to art and culture for young people in Oxfordshire – has already worked with three Bicester primary schools, Gagle Brook, Brookside and Glory Farm, to enable their pupils to take part in a festival workshop.

Inspired by Gwynhaff the dragon who will lead the festival’s parade, local artists Kiki Black and Nicolette Glashan worked with the young people to create mythical creature masks to give colour to the procession.

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Pupils at The Bicester School, in Queens Avenue, Bicester, will form the final group to attend the trust this Wednesday, July 13, to create artworks to be used at the festival.

An OYAP Trust spokesperson said: “We can’t wait for our final group to come to OYAP on Wednesday, July 13, when pupils from The Bicester school will work with Simon Tipping from Route Canal Arts to create dragon head dresses.

“We know they’ll be spectacular.

“School workshops give young people the opportunity to work with a professional artist and experience being part of an outdoor arts event.

“Artists have the chance to work in the community, and to share their skills with budding artists of the future.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

Get in touch with him by emailing: Matthew.norman@newsquest.co.uk

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