It is almost exactly a year since the Creative Arts Hub in Mirfield opened its doors to showcase the work of Yorkshire artists and craftspeople.

Today the former nightclub, founded by director Mark Milnes, is rapidly establishing itself as a regional centre for the arts, hosting exhibitions, offering studio space and running workshops.

Tomorrow, from 10am until 4pm, the hub is holding its first Summer Art and Craft Fair, with stalls selling everything from handmade cards and jewellery to paintings, prints and textile accessories.

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the studios, and a craft activity is being laid on for budding young artists, who will have the chance to create and dress a character inspired by the work of Beverley Kendall and Bini Atkinson.

Mark, who has run Batley Art Gallery for the past eight years and was formerly involved with the West Yorkshire Print Workshop – a neighbour of the Hub in Mirfield – now has 13 artists in the arts space, with a further four signed up.

He says the idea of launching an arts hub came to him while he was development officer for the print workshop.

“We were always getting enquiries for studio space,” he explained.

“So I knew there was potential for another place with studios in the area. My assumptions proved to be right and we have had no problems at all filling our studios.”

Patchwork by Sara Milner

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