Calderdale is a hotbed of arts talent

New beginnings at Brier Hey Studios, Mytholmroyd, Rachel Heny and Bev Riley
New beginnings at Brier Hey Studios, Mytholmroyd, Rachel Heny and Bev Riley

A host of fantastic artistic talent will be on display at the Hebden Bridge Art Studios open weekend.

Eighty-one artists will open their studios from today (Friday July 6) to Sunday July 8.

The wealth of talent in Calderdale is clear with artists coming from Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Old Town, Mytholmroyd, Heptonstall and Lydgate.

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

Hebden Bridge is contributing the highest proportion of artists with more than 50 artists. Most of these can be found in the larger studio groups near Valley Road, including Linden Mill (Artsmill), Brooklyn and Northlight Studios.

A further 17 independent artists are showing their works in their own homes or businesses with four ceramists showing in the Birchcliffe Centre.

Photographer and painter Holly Rowan Hesson will be developing new work during the weekend, at her studio in Artsmill Studios at Linden Mill.

“I’ve been experimenting with presenting my photographic work - walls, ceiling, windows - everything covered in my abstract images,” she said.

“It’s quite overwhelming. I’ll also be making new photographs and paintings from all this work in the studio during the Open Studios long weekend.”

Full details of all artists at www.hbopenstudios.org.uk.