Leigh Church hosts youth zone of Leigh Art Trail

The youngsters spent hours moulding scaly lizards out of clay with the help of Richard Baxter, of the pottery studio and gallery in Old Leigh.

They then made pots covered in clay worms and mice and painted their initials using wax and stencils.

David Elcock, community worker for the church, said the event had been running for the past three years, and is held to give young people a chance to get involved with Leigh Art Trail which ran from Saturday 14th to Saturday 21st June.

He said: “We have been working with artists involved in the trail to make it bigger and better than ever.

“We have been trying to encourage art among young people, who get the opportunity to exhibit alongside professional artists from Leigh.”

Leigh Road Baptist Church has become the site for young artists at the event and displayed the work of primary school children and South East Essex College students over the opening weekend.

LRBC’s Oasis The Coffee House, on the Leigh Road, also became a venue to exhibit the work of photographers from Belfairs High School.

Over 150 people took part in the workshops and around 300 people visited the youth zone as part of the open exhibition weekend. Many involving themselves in making a giant fish mobile that was displayed in the church service the following week.

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