Holmfirth Artweek breaks new ground with Saddleworth visit

FOR the first time in more than half a century Holmfirth Artweek is crossing the boundary into Saddleworth.

And venues in Uppermill and Greenfield could help ensure monies raised for Macmillan Cancer top £1million.

The Weavers Factory and Millyard Gallery will be hosting exhibitions as well as Scona café on Wellington Road, Greenfield.

It follows last year’s successful excursion into the Colne Valley and return in 2019. Venues in Marsden and Slaithwaite also feature.

In 2018, Artweek raised £41,000, bringing the total donated to Macmillan since the festival’s inception in 196 to £966,500.

This year Artweek (Sunday, July 7 to July 13) hopes to pass the £1 million milestone.

It has become one of the UK’s largest and longest running annual open art exhibitions and is now in it’s 53rd year.

The main exhibition, held in Holmfirth Civic Hall, features over 400 exhibitors and over 2,000 artworks and will be open from 10am -9pm, Monday to Friday and until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to the Civic Hall, businesses and venues around the area also participate by becoming a fringe and exhibiting and selling the work of even more artists.

This year sees the highest number of fringe venues that have ever participated in Artweek, with over 40 venues spread far and wide.

Artweek is an open art exhibition and presents an important outlet for artists.

There is something for everyone, with a large variety of styles, subjects, mediums and prices.

Artist workshops will also be running throughout the week, so both children and adults can have a go at producing some art themselves.

Artweek is organised by an enthusiastic and experienced team of volunteers.

For further information visit the website: www.holmfirthartweek.org.uk or follow Holmfirth Artweek on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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