BUDDING artists will exhibit their work in front of hundreds at this year’s Ilkley Art Trail.

Ghyll Royd School has set up the first ever Wharfedale Art Competition where local schools submit their pupils' best work to be on display for the many visitors of the annual Art Trail.

The exhibition, which runs throughout the event, will display the work of children from Ashlands Primary, Ben Rhydding Primary, Ghyll Royd School, Moorfield School and Burley Oaks Primary. Local artists Joanne Tinker, Linda Dewart and Kerry J Stoker will judge the drawing, 3D, textiles and group submissions and pick a winner for each age category from Early Years to Upper Key Stage Two.

There will then be an awards ceremony the week after the trail to announce the winners.

The Competition has been designed and set up by Ghyll Royd Art Teacher Keeley Smith.

Miss Smith said: "I’m really excited to bring this idea to life and to have had a great response from local schools who are keen to take part. I’d like to personally thank Sarah Thomas, Chair of the Ilkley Art Trail who has supported the Wharfedale Art Competition and helped us organise what is set to be a wonderful addition to this extraordinary event series."

Ghyll Royd headteacher David Martin, said: "We’re looking forward to welcoming and exhibiting the work of some very talented local schoolchildren. We’re expecting hundreds of visitors over the course of the trail who will get an exciting glimpse at the work of potential future artists."

The Ilkley Art Trail is running for its sixth year with a total of 64 artists exhibiting across 30 venues. The Wharfedale Art Competition will be held at Ghyll Royd and will be open to visitors from 10am to 3pm from Thursday, October 5 until Sunday, October 8.

For details of the full Ilkley Art Trail visit http://ilkleyarttrail.co.uk/. For more information and directions, visit https://www.ghyllroydschool.co.uk/events/wharfedale-art-competition/ or look for Venue A in the 2017 Art Trail programme.