The sun was definitely shining for the 2014 Holmfirth Art Week. I visited on the last day of the exhibition and it was great – a real buzz of energy and full of people enjoying the exhibitions and events – not forgetting to mention the high level of work, professionalism and overall curating of the show which was very impressive.
Art week was spread across Holmfirth; the main exhibition was held in the Civic Hall and throughout the village, cafes, shops and restaurants there were pop up shows and events. The town was decked in bunting, sporting the red and white spots from the previous weeks’ Tour de France, which the art week had embraced as its emblem. Holmfirth really came together to support the art and the vast array of talented Artists who took part. It was obvious how proud the local community were from hosting such an event and it was great to be a part of the action.
Unfortunately I didn’t get chance to experience the whole array of art week and fringe events that were on throughout the week, but it seemed there was something for everyone – my dad even tried his hand at stone carving! My favourite piece from the exhibition was “Fizzy Dylan” by Chloe Williams. I loved the use of pencils and sense of movement expressed in this piece. The concept also resonated with me and the work I’m producing at the moment. I’ve been in touch with the Artist (Chloe) and she explained “the drawings are part of a body of work which explores identity” and she kindly sent me an image of the piece to include here on my blog. To see more of her work visit www.backlaneartspace where she exhibits.
Aside from the fun, festivities, footfall and fine art on display, we can’t forget to mention the enormous success of Art Week which raised £27,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Well done to all the Organisers, Volunteers and Artists involved and of course to everyone who came along to visit and show their support.