An arts and crafts treasure trove in a former abandoned Slaithwaite mill is set to unleash the village’s creative side, thanks to a large revamp.

Community art events will become a common sight in future at the Slaithwaite Emporium, after three artists set up new shops and a workshop in a new large back room of the building.

The latest additions, which follow the opening of a locally-focused gallery by the not-for-profit company, were celebrated with a weekend-long celebration and fundraiser for the Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival and Slaithwaite Meals on Wheels.

The changes have allowed the emporium’s five owners to increase the number of local artists they exhibit to around 100 and will enable them to hold regular crafts classes.

The team behind the venture, which has been running since 2011, said that they hope the transformation will also get more residents interested in art.

Marsden designer Stephanie Bertenshaw’s Felt Mountain Studios and Amy-Rose Tossell’s The Makery opened last week behind the original vintage shop, along with Dominic Abbott’s furniture workshop, Warped Designs.

Amy, who has been involved in the emporium since it began, said: “This enlargement will allow us to support more local artists and bring more residents into the emporium.

“It marks the start of an exciting new era and just confirms that we are a real community shop. I’m going to start holding felting workshops and we have plans to ask other craft experts in to share their talents.

“To be able to exhibit more local artists is really important to our ethic and we hope that we can use the emporium to help them develop.”

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