TWO weekends of all things arty are about to take place in the Holme Valley.
The Art Market is back for its sixth year, with Victoria Robinson, Brendan Hesmondhalgh and Emily Stubbs at the helm.
New for this year’s market is textile artist Hayley Murphy, who won a free stand at the Art Market and mentoring towards her first show.
Hayley, who creates visual stories using thread and dissolvable fabrics, will be among the 100 artists and design-makers showing at Holmfirth Indoor Market over the two weekends.
What started six years ago as a one-day experimental event has grown into one of the region’s best opportunities to buy works of art.
“Over the last six years the Art Market has grown in size and popularity and consequently we’ve learned a lot along the way,” said Victoria.
“But the basic principles on which we founded this event remain the same – it’s still our mission to provide a place where both locals and visitors to Holmfirth can discover and buy an amazing range of contemporary art, craft and design.”
It all starts tomorrow between 8pm and 10pm and opens once more on Sunday from 10am 4pm.
Victoria added: “We always ensure that the standard of work is maintained while also trying to ensure there is variety – although some artistic disciplines such as jewellery and textiles are always over-subscribed.
“That’s why we like to rotate artists in the interests of fairness as well as to keep things fresh.
“However, I do believe that this year we have the best blend of both quality and variety that we have ever had.”
New for this year is a tree house competition for younger artists.
Carpenter Allan Robinson, of Golcar, said: “I want people to enjoy the peace and quiet of their gardens inside their own timber workspace.’’
Allan creates wooden garden huts to inspire children’s play and creativity. Youngsters can design their own tree house and win a real one in kit form to set up in the winner’s garden with help from Allan.
The Art Market returns for a second time next weekend from 8pm-10pm on Saturday and from 10am – 4pm on Sunday. Entrance is £2, free for under 14s. Visit www.artmarkets.co.uk for more details.