Open days are a tour of talent

EIGHTY one artists will be opening up their workspaces for this year’s fifth Hebden Bridge Open Studio event.

These days it encoompases all the upper Calder Valley, with a record number of artists showing what a wealth of talent there is in the area.

The voluntary, non-profit making event takes place on July 6, 7 and 8 and from 11am to 5pm and includes artists in Old Town, Mytholmroyd, Heptonstall, Todmorden and Lydgate as well as Hebden Bridge.

Hebden Bridge itself has one of the highest concentrations of artists in the country with over 50 artists taking part. Most of these can found concentrated in the larger studio groups near Valley Road, including Linden Mill (Artsmill), Brooklyn and Northlight Studios.

A further 17 independent artists also showing their work in their homes or businesses in Hebden Bridge and four ceramists in the Birchcliffe Centre.

The work on show includes painting, photography, ceramics, comics, textiles, printmaking, illustration, jewellery, automata, furniture and possibly more.

This year several artists are also taking part in Todmorden including six artists at Studio 26 at Lydgate.

Others include Shelley Burgoyne and Barry Cook, who welcome you to look round their home studio on Woodlands Avenue and Chris Cullen who is based in the Old Fire Station near Morrison’s on Burnley Road.

In Mytholmroyd six artists will be showing ceramics at Brier Hey Pottery. The pottery was established by David Costatntine White in 1981 and he produced work there for thirty years until his untimely death in October 2011. His work was sold and exhibited throughout Europe, in America and also Japan where he studied for a period in the 1990s.

Prior to his death David expressed the hope that his pottery might be kept on as a community facility. Following recent reorganisation it will re-open during the Hebden Bridge Open Studio weekend, providing workshop space for six local potters and ceramists.

Full details of each artist taking part can be found in the booklet that can be picked up from cafes and shops around the town, and from the Visitor and Canal Centre, Hebden Bridge. They can also be found on the website www.hbopenstudios.org.uk <http://www.hbopenstudios.org.uk/>. There is not expected to be any disruption from the recent floods but the website will be updated just before the weekend should there need to be any amendments log on to http://www.facebook.com/hebdenbridgeopenstudios