The thriving art community of Huddersfield is well represented in the forthcoming annual exhibition by Leeds Fine Artists.

Although the 142-year-old organisation has Leeds in its title, members are drawn from all over the Yorkshire region and represent painters, printmakers, sculptors, textile artists and ceramicists.

This year’s show is featuring work by nine Huddersfield-based artists, who make up one quarter of the exhibitors.

They range from Dewsbury-based Shirley Ross, retiring LFA president, and Royal College of Art graduate; abstract landscape painter Michael Curgenven from Honley; Keith Mountain, Lepton-based landscape artist; and Pauline Meade, a Marsden printmaker inspired by nature; to Jane Burgess from Birkby, a tonal and figurative painter; and Hepworth’s Keith Harris, who specialises in industrial and urban landscapes.

Also among the Huddersfield artists are the LFA’s newest member Mike Murphy, a former landscape artist from Birkby who now paints portraits; the organisation’s youngest member Kate Masterson, an abstract painter from Holmfirth; and Ian Watson, from Lepton, a painter who teaches at Mirfield Free Grammar School.

The exhibition of their work opens in the Crossley Gallery of Dean Clough in Halifax on May 3 and can be viewed until May 28.

For many years the organisation held its annual shows in the North Light Gallery in Huddersfield but moved from the venue in 2013/14 when it closed.

Image by Keith Mountain, Huddersfield artist

This year a percentage from sales of work will be donated to the Art for Life UK charity, which was founded by member Shirley Ross after she survived treatment for breast cancer. Art for Life raises money for Cancer Research UK by selling original works of art (visit

LFA is one of the North’s oldest arts bodies and has around 60 members, all of whom have to submit work for scrutiny by a selection panel before being allowed to join.

Chairman Michael Atkinson explains: “It’s not that easy to become a member.

“We hold two election meetings a year, which are attended by members, at which artists are invited to submit work.

“It’s a judgement by your peers. Our organisation is not an amateur art club, many of our members are working as professional artists and have been art teachers who are now free to pursue their art.

“We have a good spread of artists from different disciplines and they produce some amazing work.”

Work by Michael Curgenven