Holmfirth’s annual Artweek hopes to strike gold for charity in its milestone 50th year.
The event, this year from July 3 to 9, has grown from small beginnings as a fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support into one of the country’s largest open art exhibitions.
There are more than 400 artists showing works in Holmfirth Civic Hall as well as 27 fringe venues up and down the Holme Valley.
While the majority of exhibitors are from the Huddersfield area or Yorkshire, Artweek attracts visitors from all over the country.
As one of the organisers, Richard Raby, says: “I don’t think anyone ever imagined it would go on this long or become so big.
“But the fact that around 50% of works exhibited are sold during the event encourages artists to come back year after year.”
The event usually selects a Featured Artist, who is given exhibition space in the Trevor Stubley Gallery on the upper level of the civic hall, but to commemorate the event’s half century 100 invited artists have been asked to create a single piece, measuring 50 cms square, on the theme of ‘gold’ or ‘fifty’, which will be shown in the space instead.
Around one quarter of those who exhibit in the main show are invited artists, but the remaining places are thrown open to amateurs, new talent and anyone who wants to take part.
The many fringe events, at small galleries, tea rooms, bars, shops and Holmfirth Methodist Church, are showcasing the work of portrait artists, potters, textile artists, sculptors, photographers and other makers.
As well as giving artists a chance to display and sell their work – Artweek takes 20% commission – the annual show raises up to £40,000 a year for Macmillan.
Much of this comes from the sale of work but organisers also run raffles and sell refreshments in the Civic Hall tea room.
The only event with an admission charge is the main exhibition (£2 a head), but this allows visitors to make multiple viewings throughout the week.
Open from Sunday, July 3, 10am until 5pm, the show can also be seen throughout the week from 10am until 9pm, and closes on Saturday, July 9.
Details of all fringe events are available from libraries and participating venues throughout the Holme Valley.
Visit www.holmfirthartweek.org.uk for details about Artweek and how to get involved in this event.