Artists invite you to come and have a look

ARTISTS throughout the upper valley will be opening their studios for people to see their work this coming weekend.

Hebden Bridge Open Studios weekend, now also incorporating a number of Todmorden studios and galleries, will see 64 of them open their doors, mainly between 11am and 5pm, on Friday, July 1, Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3.

Showcasing why the area has such an “arty” reputation the open studios weekend is a fantastic opportunity to meet the artists, browse at your leisure, exchange ideas and purchase original work direct from the artists and makers.

This year a new venue will be taking part for the first time - Penny Hamson, Lesley Lishman and Nuala Poe have set up the Ceramics Studio housed within the Birchcliffe Centre.

Other larger studios groups found in the arty corner of town near Valley Road, Hebden Bridge, are Northlight and Brooklyn Studio Groups. At Northlight, Holly Rowan Jesson will be showing some of the work she is producing for her MA in Contemporary Fine Art at Salford University. Lisa Slater returns to the Open Studio weekend with a new automata collection. At Brooklyn Studio there are a range of arts from animation, paintings and contemporary leather bags.

Linden Mill now houses even more artists. On the top floor the newly named Linden Art Studios can be found with new member Helen Sargeant, whose work explores pregnancy. On first floor are the new studios that include Kate Clarke.

She has just been accepted in the Society of Women Artists’ 150th exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. She has just completed some work in aid of the Alzheimers’ society which includes a portrait of Dick and Dom as Richard McCourt, aka Dick, is one of the societies ambassadors.

Visitors to Linden Mill will also be able to see My Giant Colouring Book: The Chapman Brothers exhibition in the ArtsMill gallery.

The Hebden Bridge event covers other artists, with the most unusual venue possibly Simon Smith’s tiny Knowl Top Studio perched on the hilltop in Colden. He invites visitors to peek inside and discover his hidden world.

If you would like to find out more details or open your studio next year email info@hbopenstudios.org.uk. The team would like to thank Hebden Royd Town Council and the Bearder Charity for their support.

Pick up a Open Studios brochure from local cafes and shops or from the visitor centre, to check each studio’s opening hours and accessibility details. This information is also available on the website www.hbopenstudios.org.uk