Festival spotlight falls on visual arts

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THE Calderdale Open Art Exhibition is being held in Brighouse for the first time to mark Brighouse Jubilee Arts Festival.

Seventy artists from across the north of England submitted a total of 188 works of art, including paintings, photographs, textiles, collage and drawings for the exhibition at the Smith Art Gallery. More than 100 pieces were selected for display and most of the work is for sale.

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Jeffrey Andrews, education officer with Calderdale Cultural Services, said: “The Calderdale Open is a great opportunity for a diverse range of artists to exhibit their work and this year the standard has been excellent.”

Fifteen artists were presented with vouchers and tickets as prizes and Tony Holahan won £100 awarded by the arts festival.

More than 100 people, included the deputy Mayor of Calderdale Coun Christine Beal, attended the exhibition opening. The exhibition runs until September 15.

Tom Ratcliffe of the Friends of the Rydings and one of the festival organisers said: “The Friends have been active in keeping the gallery alive over some difficult periods and we are glad we were able to persuade Calderdale Council to hold the open exhibition - which features many Yorkshire artists - at the gallery.”

Visual arts feature strongly in the festival with a varied collection of contemporary art, including three David Hockney originals, at the Harrison Lord Gallery. Other exhibitions will feature photography by Sarah Glover at Blakeley’s Coffee Shop and Jasmin Chadwick at Brighouse library, paintings by Matthew Evans at the Pot Shop, Park Street and work by members of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Art Society at Milry’s Restaurant.

For full details visit www.brighousefestival.co.uk