Mytholmroyd gears up for arts festival

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The opening event of this year’s Mytholmroyd Arts Festival celebrates the creativity of the village’s young people with a Schools’ Art Exhibition and Competition at the Ted Hughes Theatre, Calder High School on October 14/15.

The exhibition − which also features an ‘Artists of the Future’ display by children from The Ark Nursery − opens from 6pm to 9pm on Friday, October 14, continuing on Saturday between 10am to 4pm, with prize winners announced at 3pm.

Mytholmroyd Arts Festival ceramic workshop. Madeline Sutcliffe.

Mytholmroyd Arts Festival ceramic workshop. Madeline Sutcliffe.

Thanks to the generous support of Thomson Reuters, entrants from participating schools Scout Road Academy and Calder High will compete for top prizes of £25 for primary pupils and £50 for secondary pupils.

Thomson Reuters’ £500 donation has enabled the Festival to award a range of judges’ prizes across age groups.

There will also be a People’s Vote by exhibition visitors, which will close at 2pm on Saturday, October 15.

The winning piece will be framed by the sponsor of the People’s Vote, Abacus Picture Framing.

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets and one of the largest employers in the Calder Valley.

The company has supported Mytholmroyd Arts Festival since its inaugural year.

In 2015 the company’s sponsorship of the Open Art Exhibition underpinned its success with one of the largest prize funds of its kind in the North.

This year’s Arts Festival explores the four elements earth, fire, water and airwith a packed programme of events.

For further information about this and other upcoming events visit the dedicated Festival website www.mytholmroydartsfestival.org.uk.