The Creative Arts Hub in Mirfield is showing a series of quirky, unusual and sometimes disturbing artworks ... and also stages its spring fair this weekend.

The exhibition is the work of recent graduate Joel Moore and showcases his distinctive illustrative style which he uses to explore an imaginative range of themes and ideas, fusing representational and abstract styles.

Joel, 23, of Mirfield, did an art foundation course at Batley Arts College before his degree in Illustration at Huddersfield University.

Joel’s work is inspired by nature and pattern which he fuses together to create his distinctive work. He enjoys exploring the contrasts that result from the interplay of his black and white illustrations and the more abstract coloured patterns and shapes that are introduced into the images. Though not intended to produce a disturbing effect, this is sometimes the result of his fusions, and viewers may find some of the resulting imagery a little disconcerting!

On Sunday the gallery is staging its spring fair.

The Hub will be filled for the day with stalls featuring work by artists and craftspeople from across Kirklees. It will feature handmade cards, collaged pictures, prints, ceramics, jewellery and textile accessories.

There will be an opportunity for kids to get creative, too - with budding young artists invited to create a collage artwork inspired by the current exhibition of drawings by Joel.

After looking at the artwork they can get stuck into creating their own unusual mixtures of imagery from magazines and newspaper fragments. Children can also have a go at creating their own Mother’s Day card.

Self portrait of Mirfield graduate Joel Moore
Self portrait of Mirfield graduate Joel Moore
 

Artists, including Creative Arts Hub Director Mark Milnes, will be showing their work on the day.

Tammy Palmer will return with her decorative ceramics and other artwork; studio holder Richard Yeomans will showcase his stencilled spraypainted artwork and Lynsey Tomlinson, who trades as ‘Foul Mouthed Owl’, will be showing a range of work including cards, gifts, jewellery, one-off art pieces and knitted wares.

There will be a raffle for an original artwork, held to raise funds for the Hub. With several studios open to the public, visitors can have a good look around the artspace which opened its doors last August and has undergone significant alteration since its days as a nightclub.

The fair is open from 11am to 4pm. Entry is free, for further details contact mark@creativeartshub.org.uk, or ring 01924 492775. There is no disabled access to Creative Arts Hub.

Every Saturday the Hub runs a workshop activity from 10am to noon aimed at five to 10-year-olds.

To book a place or find further info go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/PMTY8KT

The hub is on the first floor at 51-53 Huddersfield Road, Mirfield.

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