ARTWORK created by young people across the district has gone on permanent display at a Keighley mental health services unit.

The pieces were produced by pupils at Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust schools, which include Cullingworth, East Morton and Oxenhope primaries.

Initially exhibited at Victoria Hall, Shipley, the work now adorns the walls of the Hillbrook Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services centre in Keighley.

Budding young artists used a range of mediums, from painting on paper or canvas to sculpture, to bring their ideas to life.

The artwork was inspired by themes of diversity and inclusion.

Chris Tolson, a headteacher who helped organise the venture with artist Emma-Jo Bairstow, says: "It is inspiring to see that the artwork of our young children is now making a positive difference to local health provision, cheering up walls and corridors and bringing colour to the Hillbrook centre.

"Lots of children worked in groups, classes or individually, and it had a really good impact on their mental health and how they felt about themselves. That came out in the exhibition and some of the comments received. As a result, we couldn’t think of a better setting to display the artwork, where it will have a positive impact on people who are struggling with their own mental health. The exhibition is also a lasting legacy for all the schools in the trust.

"Our students had a fantastic time letting their creative imaginations shine and we hope their passion will now bring enjoyment to those visiting Hillbrook for months and years to come."

The centre is run by Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, which welcomes the initiative.

It said a study had found that viewing art can help reduce stress and combat loneliness.

David Sims, medical director at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, says: "As a provider of specialist mental health services, we're delighted to host the exhibition, which showcases innovative and thought-provoking artwork created by young people across the district.

"We’re always looking at new ways to tackle stigma surrounding mental health illness and the artwork is a wonderful way to do this and to promote the benefit of art in boosting mental health.

"The quality of artwork is so impressive and we hope everyone enjoys the pieces on display."

The care trust’s child and adolescent mental health service supports young people across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. For more details, visit