CHILDREN have used their artistic talents to describe life in their community.

More than 600 youngsters took part in the Create Richmondshire project.

Pupils were encouraged to give their views on life in the district by painting, drawing, film-making, song-writing and taking photographs.

The project was organised by Richmondshire District Council, with help from the Arts in Richmondshire (Air) initiative.

Robin Battersby, creative director of Air, said: "The council wanted to consult with young people and get their views without simply relying on a questionnaire.

"This project has helped tie down the issues, while giving children the chance to be creative and do things they'd not normally get the chance to."

About 250 works of art were submitted to the competition. Winners were presented with prizes at the old railway station in Richmond.

The children's work will be displayed at Swale House, Richmond, until tomorrow, at Reeth School all next week, and will then tour other venues in the area.