Artists, could you etch us a swift sketch?

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Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is looking for artists, illustrators and cartoonists, who can create live, instant-ish portraits from within a unique photo booth turned miniature artist’s studio.

Sketch-O-Matic is a full size photo booth where the machinery has been replaced by a tiny, fully equipped artist’s studio and the public are invited to sit inside as if for a photograph making a donation to the artist through a coin-slot.

They then wait for around five minutes and their very own image will appear down the chute on the outside of the booth. It may be a pencil drawing, doodle, cartoon, collage or even a word-poem and the artist takes all the proceeds.

The Arts Festival will provide the booth, the public, cups of tea, a lamp, quality A5 sketch sheets/card and some basic materials. All artists have to bring their favourite pens, pencils or paints.

Artists are being asked to email or send a sample of your work - something that you have done in five to 10 minutes - by June 3 to or Sara Robinson, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Town Hall, St Georges Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY.

The Arts Festival will then select artists from a range of styles and approaches to sit in Sketch-0-Matic, on loan from Cornerhouse in Manchester, will be in the Town hall Foyer throughout the festival from June 22 to June 30.

The booth will be open for portraits during Street Sundaes between noon – 4pm on Sunday June 23, and Sunday, June 30, but if interest from artists is high it will also open at key points during the day and evenings during the festival week.

The festival is looking for artists to give at least one hour of their time to the project.

To see what the booth looks like and find out more about how it works, you can watch a three minute video from the Cornerhouse at: