Sketches of Spain

Artist Simon Manfield is exhibiting at Artsmill
Artist Simon Manfield is exhibiting at Artsmill

Sunday saw the busy opening of ArtsMill, Hebden Bridge’s latest exhibition, “Memoria Historica”, comprising drawings by Simon Manfield.

The exhibition centres around Manfield’s involvement in an archaeological dig in Valdedios, Asturias, as part of The Asociacion para Recuperacion dela Memoria Historica, whose aim has been to recover “the disappeared,” the vanished victims of war crimes committed during the Spanish Civil War.

Manfield’s illustrations, known for their draughtsmanship, document the dig from the optimistic beginnings of the project to the growing disillusionment as nothing was found, to the moment the mass grave was finally uncovered.

Sensitive, honest and deeply moving, his work is a monument to an estimated 30,000 Spaniards who disappeared during the war, and the human story of those relatives, and of a country, searching for closure on the unsolved tragedies of the recent past.

Memoria Historica can be seen at ArtsMill, which is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 11am to 4pm, Linden Mill, Linden Road, Hebden Bridge, until March 23.

Artsmill can be contacted on 01422 647072 and at