IT’S the market with a twist. The event where a town’s indoor market is crammed with artists and designer-makers showing off their skills.
Holmfirth Art Market is back with a theme this year of what else but Best Of British.
The Art Market team, Victoria Robinson, Brendan Hesmondhalgh (fresh from Chelsea Flower Show) and Emily Stubbs have been busy creating another super event, one that just keeps on growing!
This year’s kicks off on June 10 in the indoor market area in Holmfirth (10am to 4pm and entrance is £2). There’s a repeat performance on June 24 and lots of things going on between.
“We have around 100 artists over the two Sundays and we are very excited about the new talent that has come to us this year,” said the Art Market spokesman.
“Our newcomers are jewellery designer, Nicola Rawlings and textile designer Louise Taylor, who are bursting with excitement at having won the opportunity to be showing at the Art Market this year.
“It is extra special this year as we are celebrating the Best of British, Design, Art and Contemporary Crafts. There will be awards given out by Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Amanda Peach.”
The Art Market has become a fixture in the Pennine town’s summer calendar and the result of all that energy and excitement is beautiful textiles, sculpture, homewares, jewellery, paintings, art, photography and much, much more.
The first event on June 10 signals the start of three weeks of fun with art and with crafts. For you don’t just get to see and have the chance to buy items, you get the opportunity to get involved.
Jacqui Sharples from Print For Love of Wood will be running a large demo and interactive wall downstairs in the indoor market.
Turn up, join in and get creative. You can try out one of the two printing presses – a small one for children to use or a large six stone portable proofing press. What will you type?
Weather permitting, Brendan Hesmondhalgh and Hilary Simms will run an interactive clay workshop outside.
Here’s where you get to learn how to throw a pot or make a clay animal. And yes, it could get messy so best to take along an old shirt to wear!
On Sunday June 17, it’s time to join the Cardboard Community Workshops.
Artists Emily Stubbs, Jane Platts and Tristram Thirkell will lead two sessions in a fun and creative cardboard world.
Help build a collection of figures and household objects made from recycled cardboard boxes, tubes, packaging. The organisers say that you can take along your own cardboard or use material they’ve collected from around Holmfirth. Upcycling with a quirky difference!
There are two workshops on the upper floor of the indoor market. Don’t be confused by the farmers’ market which will be operating that day on the downstairs floor of the indoor market.
The cardboard community workshops, which are also part of Holmfirth Art Week, are two hour sessions with the first at 10am and a second at 1pm. It is open to all ages and costs £2 each.
Expect to make cardboard people, monsters, household objects and whatever else you and the creative team can come up with.
Emily Stubbs the creative mastermind behind it said: “Cardboard Community first happened a couple of summers ago and I’ve had so many requests for it to return that I’ve teamed up with Jane and Tristram to create an even bigger and better version.
“It will be fun, creative, messy and full of mad ideas. It’s for any age and I really hope lots of people can come and join us.”
On June 23, the Art Market has its first Pop up exhibition on the Best of British theme in the top of Holmfirth Market Hall with just three hours to bid on a unique and original piece of work by a selection of Art Market artists.
And on the following day, a different 50 artists will be in residence on the final day of the Art Market.
More on all of that later.
But for details go to www.artmarkets.co.uk