14th Jul, 2016
Last week we attended Holmfirth Artweek 2016. Just one of the annual events co-ordinated by the town’s thriving arts community, Artweek celebrates the wealth of artistic talent in the local area. Alongside the main exhibition, there is a fringe event where artwork, ranging from painting and photography to ceramics and textiles, is displayed in cafés, shops and other business premises throughout Holmfirth.
The main exhibition on the top floor of the Civic Hall is one of the biggest open exhibitions in the UK, featuring over 400 artworks by professional and amateur artists. Its national reputation attracts art lovers from all over the country. 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the exhibition and artists were invited to create a piece on the theme of ‘gold’ or ‘50’ to mark this momentous milestone. The Civic Hall also hosts a market, selling affordable, hand crafted items such as cards and prints that make great gifts. Every year there are demonstrations and workshops, where visitors can meet the makers and learn about a variety of creative techniques.
Holmfirth Artweek is manned entirely by volunteers and all proceeds are donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan provides practical, medical, emotional and financial support to people coping with cancer, as well as campaigning to improve cancer care. A staggering £33,000 was raised in 2015 and the expected donation this year is £25,000. The inaugural Holmfirth Art Exhibition was organised in 1967 to provide an opportunity for art students in the area to show their work and to raise money for Cancer Relief (as it was known at the time). Since then, the event has gone from strength to strength and to date more than half a million pounds has been raised for Macmillan.
As a Holmfirth based business, we are always delighted to attend Artweek. Every year we are impressed by the creative talent on show and we love to see our little town buzzing with creativity.
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