Holmfirth Artweek is set to return this year, although running a little differently to its usual set up.
Due to the ongoing changes in restrictions and government advice, the main Artweek exhibition in Holmfirth Civic Hall has again been cancelled this year. However, there has been a real enthusiasm from artists to show their work to the public, some of whom have been very prolific during the recent lockdowns. It was felt that by using multiple venues, to lessen possible crowding issues in one space, an event could go ahead.
There will be an Artweek Fringe Trail with over 25 groups and venues taking place, featuring both regular and new participants and sites, showcasing the work of artists from across the Holme and Colne Valleys, as usual raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and local causes.
The event runs from Saturday 3rd July until Saturday 10th July but please check the Holmfirth Artweek website (holmfirthartweek.org.uk) for specific opening days and times for each venue, as some are not be open every day.
Chair of Artweek, Lynne Onyskiw said, “We have been amazed and enthused by the number of venues and artists wishing to take part this year. The past year or so has been a very difficult time for artists, as it has for many other people. We wish them all great success and hope that the public will come out and support them, whilst at the same time respecting social distancing measures and guidance in place. We have details of all the artists, venues, opening days and times on our website and on social media.”
Artweek has also been collaborating on a new campaign in the Holme Valley – ‘If it’s not far, leave the car’. This is being run by Holme Valley Parish Council’s (HVPC) Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP) Group and Holmfirth WI, to encourage Holme Valley residents to walk or cycle using footpaths and quiet roads instead of using the car, for shorter journeys.
There are some great scenic and interesting routes available between some of this year’s Fringe venues and the group has created maps that can be downloaded from the website and follow. For more information, visit their website: holmevalleyclimateaction.co.uk/leave-the-car-campaign or follow the links from the Artweek website.