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Sunday May 30 to Sunday June 6

Thomas Beaumont

Nature Photographer, 1912 - 2003

Retrospective Exhibition of Prints

Festival Shop, Albert Street, Hebden Bridge

10.30am to 4.30pm (until 7.00pm on Saturday June 5 only)

Tom Beaumont spent the last 35 years of his long life as an award-winning photographer of nature subjects, especially birds. This exhibition shows examples of his outstanding work over that period in that field, as well as a variety of his other photographs.

Organised by Hebden Bridge Camera Club.

(A.V. Slide Presentation, June 5, Little Theatre , 7.30pm.)

Monday June 7 to Sunday June 13

MOSS: Mills Open Studio Spaces

(a federation of Hebden Bridge studio groups located around the town centre)

Festival Shop, Albert Street, Hebden Bridge

10.00am to 5.00pm

An exhibition of work by members of the federation of Hebden Bridge studio groups.

Wednesday June 9 to Sunday July 18

Sit, Sit, Standing

by Alan Gummerson

The Hourglass Studio Gallery, Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge

Installation at the Hourglass Studio Gallery and around local venues: Land Farm Gallery and the New Delight Pub, Colden by local artist Alan Gummerson. Supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire

Wednesday June 16 to Sunday July 25

‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Nursery Rhymes’

by Paula Rego

Artsmill Gallery, Linden Mill, Linden Road, Hebden Bridge

11.00am to 4.00pm

A selection of fifteen lithographs (from 25), comprising the set that Rego based on Charlotte Brontë’s heroine, completed in late 2001 and early 2002. Also, a series of etchings, first exhibited in 1989, based on famous children’s nursery rhymes.

Plus an unmissable talk by Marina Warner on July 22 “Happy at least in my way: Paula Rego and Jane Eyre” see details page 38

Friday/Saturday/Sunday June 18/19/20, then Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday June 23/24/25/26/27 and June 30/July 1/2/3/4

Chapel Gallery Exhibition

Chapel Gallery, Osborne Street, Hebden Bridge

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Saturday/Sunday: 11.00am to 5.00pm

An exhibition of photography and paintings by local artists.

Saturday and Sunday June 19/20

Mytholmroyd Artists Art Exhibition & Sale of Works

St Michael’s Church Hall, Mytholmroyd

Saturday: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Sunday: 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Check out this exciting art exhibition and sale of works, from traditional to contemporary, by the surprisingly large number of artists, both professional and amateur, residing in the Mytholmroyd, Cragg Vale and Midgley area. Refreshments available.

Saturday and Sunday June 19/20, 26/27 and July 3/4

Green Door

Northlight Studios, Melbourne Works, Melbourne Street,

Hebden Bridge

11.00am to 5.00pm

The artists and makers at Melbourne Works welcome old and new visitors to pass through the green doors and view an exciting collection of new artworks. There will be something for everyone. Many exhibits available for purchase.

Saturday and Sunday June 19/20, 26/27 and July 3/4

Exhibition of Wood and Ceramics

Bernard McNally, Cabinet Maker, 58 Market Street, Hebden Bridge

12 noon to 5.30pm (or by appointment: call 0771 706 8844)

An exhibition of work by woodturner Ian Clarkson, and ceramic figures by Sarah McDade.

Spot Street Art during the Festival

A demonstration by young people and a local artist of the responsible use of Graffiti.

Sponsored by Style and Wood


A virtual exhibition.


Saturday June 19 - Sunday July 4

The Poetry Shop

@Festival Shop, New Oxford House, Albert Street, Hebden Bridge

10.00am to 5.00pm daily except Sunday when we open at noon

The Poetry Shop: an installation about Hebden Bridge and the wider world. Discover poetry by international poets, children's authors & illustrators and local children. Experience it in unexpected ways. Listen to answerphone messages from writers around the globe and hear poems in the comfort of a specially made armchair. The Poetry Shop is a room where poetry has escaped from the page and onto the walls.

Children have been working with poet John Hegley and professional artists to explore the place they live by taking photographs, making drawings and writing poems to be made into picture postcards.

The Poetry Shop is specially created for the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. This is a unique new version of The Poetry Lounge, which was made for the Royal Festival Hall in 2002.

Designed by Jane Revitt with Lizzie Lockhart.

Additional design & construction by Steve Gumbley and David Burnop.

John Hegley Work and Play-shop. 15 years and over. Limited to 25 people. £8 (£3) May 21. Ring the Festival on 01422 842684, leave your contact details and we will call you back. For more information on John Hegley see www.johnhegley.co.uk.

With thanks to the Arts Council England,

Yorkshire, Ordnance

Survey and Calderdale MBC.

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival