HOLMFIRTH Artweek has again managed to raise a huge sum for Macmillan Cancer Support, but with figures from the 20 fringe exhibitions still to come in the results are likely to be lower than last year.
Sales were excellent, but there were fewer people through the door so this led to losses in catering and other fund-raising events.
“But we are very upbeat about things as we had Wimbledon and the World Cup to contend with, said treasurer Bob Riley. “Total sales in the exhibition and the market were £85,415 which was just £48 more than last year.
“But with fewer visitors and an increase in expenses of about £1,000, the total income is looking about £3,000 down on this time last year. Up to date we have a profit of around £30,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, but we still have the fringe to come.”
A short piece on the exhibition featuring art director Mick Kirkby-Geddes is expected to be seen on television’s Songs of Praise from the Holme Valley, which is likely to be screened in late August.
Mr Riley added: “We would like to thank all the volunteers who made the exhibition possible and Steve Ellis who persuaded Pete Green from Fleetwood Mac to paint a frog in his studio and raffled it. That raised more than £700.
“Quite a lot of people bought prints of paintings by the late Trevor Stubley while the featured artist, a sculptor Brendon Hesmondhalgh, sold more than 30 items”.
rTHE enlarged Harrison Lord Gallery, Brighouse, is opening its biggest exhibition so far tomorrow.
Titled The Really Big Art Show, the exhibition will be featuring the work of more than 20 artists with more than 100 original paintings on view.
Those involved include Julia Ogden (internationally published), Christine Pybus (artist-in-residence at Henley Regatta), Carol Baker (nationally published), Alistair Butt (represented in a number of London Galleries), Winifred Hodge, Clifford Blakey and Julian Mason.