Hundreds see work by 40 local artists

Jane Townsend, Sara and Erin Ackroyd-Pearson, at Todmorden open studios, Stansfield Road
Jane Townsend, Sara and Erin Ackroyd-Pearson, at Todmorden open studios, Stansfield Road

More than 40 local artists opened their doors at the weekend in Todmorden’s second annual open studio event.

Organisers were delighted to have around 150 visitors in the first day alone and many more the following day.

The event has doubled in size since its debut last year and in addition to the usual galleries and studios there was artwork on show at The Three Wise Monkeys, Café Cava and Bare Arts, where people could also enjoy locally crafted ales and ciders.

Joe Whitaker, a local artist and one of the team who organised the event, said: “The great thing about the open studios is it’s about the art community in Todmorden all coming together.

“It’s nice to see that things in Todmorden are really taking off at the moment with the food and drink festival and art events.”

The open studios was opened by the much loved and respected Todmorden artist, Mary Loney MBE, and was attended by the Mayor of Todmorden Coun Steph Booth.

The event drew crowds of all ages, with interactive pottery on offer for the younger visitors.

Sara Abbott, a full time artist and artistic director of Creative With Nature Gallery, said: “It was a really lovely weekend. It was wonderfully busy and the artists had a lot of sales.”

By a happy accident, the event was held the same weekend as the Todmorden Incredible Foodie Fortnight, and there were collaborations between the two with food events being held in the Golden Lion function room where artwork was also being shown.

For those who weren’t able to attend, Creative With Nature Gallery is exhibiting the work of nine local artists over the coming weeks.