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Thursday, 22 June 2023

Celebrating the Biggest Hebden Bridge Open Studios ever

Open Studios: 7-9 July 2023

This year over 100 artists have pulled together to create the biggest ever Hebden Bridge Open Studios.

Artists and makers in and around Hebden Bridge will be opening their doors to the public 7-9 July 2023, inviting all to chat, see, buy and learn.

Event Organiser, John Noble-Milner (aka, wildlife sculptor 'Geckoman') said, "this is the biggest Open Studios for Hebden Bridge yet - we have 107 individual artists taking part plus groups such as the Brier Hey Potters, Square Route Weavers and the Portrait Club. 

"Hebden Bridge has a wonderfully eclectic and unique art scene and this year we are delighted to see more than 20 new artists opening their studio doors to join the event.

"Hebden Bridge Open Studios gives people a special and rare opportunity to meet artists, see their studios, hear about different creative processes and see works in progress."

"We're very lucky to have artists from all walks of life and this is why HBOS - even after 19 years - continues to be one of the UK's most popular art events. We love that, each year, HBOS attracts people who are totally committed to and serious about art right through to people who want to do art themselves, but don't know how to get started. And, of course, it's a mainstay event for people who just like to look at lovely things and enjoy new experiences."

"We're blessed with a very friendly community of artists in and around Hebden Bridge - I think that's why so many new artists move here each year, it's a ready-set melting pot of welcoming and supportive makers and creatives!"

"If visitors walk away from this year's Open Studios with an inkling of inspiration to create art themselves, or perhaps with a piece of artwork they fell in love with during a studio visit, or having built a relationship with an artist to commission something unique for themselves, then we'll be over the moon! Whether you're artistically inclined or not, this is a great chance to meet people, have all your arty questions answered and see many varied and beautiful pieces of art."

Open Studios Window Trail
30 June – 9 July

The creative festivities will begin ahead of the Open Studios event. From 30 June to 9 July over 60 local venues - from art galleries and quirky independent shops to food stores and barbers - will feature artwork by Open Studios artists in their windows, creating Window Trail of art through the town.

"Last year the window trail was incredibly popular. We had 40 windows in shops, bars and cafes featuring works by local artists. This year we have over 60 - which is pretty fantastic for a town the size of Hebden Bridge. It really shows the sense of community we have here.

People can find details and a map of the "Hebden Bridge Open Studios Window Trail" on our website

Hebden Bridge Town Hall Exhibition
12 June - 9 July 2023

An exhibition of work by Open Studios artists can be viewed in Hebden Bridge Town Hall from 12 June - 9 July 2023.

Hebden Bridge Open Studios has been running for 19 years.107 local artists and 3 artist groups are involved in this year's Open Studios event.

For further information please visit our website: hebdenbridgeopenstudios.org