Busy showcase of professional and amateur art

The Mayor of Todmorden, Coun Steph Booth, and her consort Tony Booth at Todmorden Art Group's annual open exhibition at Todmorden Town Hall. Picture by Naomi Neil
The Mayor of Todmorden, Coun Steph Booth, and her consort Tony Booth at Todmorden Art Group's annual open exhibition at Todmorden Town Hall. Picture by Naomi Neil

For some 18 years Todmorden Art Group has held an annual open exhibition over a weekend at Todmorden Town hall.

Allowing local artists, professional as well as amateur, to display - and sell - their work, last weekend’s event was very well attended.

The Mayor of Todmorden, Coun Steph Booth, and her consort Tony Booth at Todmorden Art Group's annual open exhibition at Todmorden Town Hall - with Todmorfden Art Group chairman George Dobbs. Picture by Naomi Neil

The Mayor of Todmorden, Coun Steph Booth, and her consort Tony Booth at Todmorden Art Group's annual open exhibition at Todmorden Town Hall - with Todmorfden Art Group chairman George Dobbs. Picture by Naomi Neil

It was opened by the Mayor of Todmorden, Coun Steph Booth, and her consort Mr Tony Booth, who were impressed with the high standard of work on show.

The Mayor breturned the following day to present prizes to local scholchildren who took part in a competition run in conjunction with the event.

The school prizewinners were: Ferney Lee School - Yaseenul Ahmed, Sam Ward, Noah Lane and Jack Atherton; and Walsden St Peter’s School - Archibald Pollock, Edward Landsborough, Miles Brandswood, Scarlett Davis, Callum Whitham Dyer and Ivory Duncan.

Visitors can vote for their favourite “best artist in show”, and by the close of the exhibition on Sunday it was revealed the winner was Geoffrey Knight. The winning piece was “View across the harbour - Whitby.”

The Mayor of Todmorden, Coun Steph Booth, and her consort Tony Booth at Todmorden Art Group's annual open exhibition at Todmorden Town Hall - with artist Carolanne Trustlove-Smith. Picture by Naomi Neil

The Mayor of Todmorden, Coun Steph Booth, and her consort Tony Booth at Todmorden Art Group's annual open exhibition at Todmorden Town Hall - with artist Carolanne Trustlove-Smith. Picture by Naomi Neil

Todmorden Art Group is a not-for-profit making organisation based in rooms at Platform One Gallery, which is at Todmorden Railway Station.

Its purpose is to provide working space for local arts and crafts people.

There are 11 artists’ studios on the platform and two rooms of gallery space for displaying artwork.