Record-breaking event highlights work of artists in our vibrant valley

Open Studios. Sue Westbrook at Todmorden Studio.
Open Studios. Sue Westbrook at Todmorden Studio.

A record number of artists from along the upper Calder Valley displayed their work at the Hebden Bridge Open Studios event last weekend.

Sculptures, ceramics, furniture, jewellery and paintings were among the exhibits at the annual event, which organisers said continues to get bigger and better each year.

Artists in Old Town, Mytholmroyd, Heptonstall, Lydgate, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge welcomed visitors into their studios and workshops.

Visitors took the opportunity to view original work by established and new talent from the flourishing creative community in the upper Calder Valley.

They also watched demonstrations and talked to the artists about the techniques they use and the inspiration behind their creations.

A spokesperson said: “The Open Studios weekend is a fantastic event providing a great opportunity to find out more about Hebden Bridge’s arty reputation.

“Over 80 artists and craftspeople opened their studios to the public and showcased the fantastic range of work created in the vibrant nooks and crannies of the upper Calder Valley.”

This year’s event saw a new addition to the programme - a temporary taster exhibition at Hebden Bridge Town Hall which gave people a flavour of what they could expect at the participating studios.

Hebden Bridge Open Studios is a not for profit event organised by a small group of artists for the benefit of participating artists in the upper Calder Valley.

New members are welcome to help organise the 2014 event.