Holmfirth Artweek this year raised an incredible £36,000 to be shared equally between two local charities The Kirkwood and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Held in July, Holmfirth Artweek is a much-loved favourite in the calendar, with visitors able to view and purchase art from a variety of artists at venues across the local area.

This year, as usual, the event hosted returning artists and welcomed new ones. A proportion of everything sold during Holmfirth Artweek is donated to local charities.

Artweek is one of the UK’s largest and longest running annual open art exhibitions. This year the main exhibition at Holmfirth Civic Hall featured over 400 exhibitors and over 2,000 artworks.

In addition, each year, there are specially invited featured artists. In 2023, this was photographer and long-standing Holmfirth Artweek artist Eric Lee and contemporary sculptor Ralph Shuttleworth.

The combination of the two artists made the top floor of the Civic Hall a vibrant and fun space within the exhibition.

Additionally, each year venues across the Holme Valley and beyond join the main exhibition in opening their doors to create the Fringe. This year over 40 venues took part in forming the Fringe, bringing Artweek into the community and showcasing a wider range of work from various artists across a variety of mediums.

Artweek is a truly open art exhibition and presents an important outlet for artists, especially after a difficult couple of years for the industry.

There was something for everyone, with a large variety of styles, subjects and mediums. In addition, for those wanting to take part there were workshops running throughout the week, and demonstrations too.

The Holmfirth Artweek team are passionate about working hard to bring this event to the community each year and ensuring that causes close to the community’s hearts benefit from the money raised. Planning has already started for next year’s event.

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

For anyone who would like to become a ‘Friend’ of Artweek and attend the Preview event next year to get a first look at what’s on sale, you can find out more information on the website.