SPEND part of the next two weekends taking a peak into the personal world of some of the town’s many artists.
More than 100 artists and craftspeople will be sharing their work in the Huddersfield Open Studio Trail, otherwise known as Host.
The doors of about 20 venues will be open, starting this weekend with a trail of urban spaces. Next weekend’s trail will have a more rural feel.
There are maps and bus routes to help get you there and a detailed brochure to give you a taste of the artistic styles and crafts on offer.
Together the two weekends offer one of the largest studio trails in the UK, giving people a chance to see studio spaces which often reflect the personality of the artist.
Some, say Host’s organisers, will be chaotic, others havens of calm. “Some spaces are heaving with a mixture of creative people working side by side, while other sites house individuals finding their own,” says Host.
Expect to see everything from painting, print-making, photography and sculpture to pottery, textiles, furniture and felt-making plus the creation of collages, jewellery and handcrafted paper products.
Spaces on the trail include those such as the North Light Gallery in Armitage Bridge and both Bates’ Mill on Queen Street South and Radiant Works, which host many artists.
At North Light the work of 35 artists will be on show over the two weekends.
Artspace at Bates Mill comprises over 20 studios on two floors in the former woollen spinning mill. Radiant Works, just off the town’s ring road, has seven artists’ studios.
You can also enjoy seeing the work of individual artists and craftspeople, often in their own small studios in the Holme and Colne valleys as well as in the town centre.
See potters Sue Jenkins and Richard Raby working in their home, which is about a mile out of Holmfirth.
Watch Ian Marsh make stoneware ceramics at his small studio near Marsden or view jewellery and polished porcelain at Alison Campbell’s studio in the centre of the village.
And there are many more working artists to see over the next two weekends.
For details and a free artists and venue guide call 01484 483140 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org There is also a website: www.host07.co.uk
Brochures are available at the venues, which include the Lawrence Batley Theatre.