Many towns and villages in the South Pennines host events and opportunities to meet artists and buy their work. These include Hebden Bridge Open Studios held each July, the Art Markets and HOST studio trails held in and around Holmfirth and the craft fairs organised by the Saddleworth Creative Network.
In addition, there are some very special galleries, studios and art emporia that sell the work of South Pennines artists and makers all year round. In no particular order, (well, ok, alphabetical) here are a few of our favourites.
Hawksbys, Main Street, Haworth
Barry and Claire Foster’s Haworth gallery is an emporium of handmade pieces by artists and designers near and far, but mostly near. Look out for prints by Sarah Harris and Anna Tosney, sheep art by Hilary Barber, woven pieces by Chrissie Freeth and brooches and pocket mirrors by Maitena Anda. Claire tells us she can only sell work she genuinely loves herself, and her passion for nature is evident as soon as you cross the threshold.
Heart Gallery, The Arts Centre, Market Street, Hebden Bridge
Since transforming a former baptist chapel into Heart Gallery in 2006, owner Alison Bartram has established herself as champion of new, emerging and established designer-makers. The ever-changing collections of prints, jewellery and ceramics are selected with care and passion and Alison loves to share the stories of the artists with her customers.
Heart features the work of many British artists and makers. Those particularly local to the South Pennines include jewellers Amanda Cox and Rachel Lucie; textile artists Rachel Taylor and Jane Revitt; ceramicists Sue Candy and Sarah McDade and artists Clare Caulfield, Julia Ogden and Kate Lycett. Heart is also a regular stockist of prints by local photographer Ross McGinnes. All a long way from Alison’s first business: a punk boutique in 1980s Bradford!
Also in Hebden Bridge: Snug, Calder Gallery, Radiance, Spirals, Gina B Glass and occasionally, the Made in the Valley pop up shop! Abacus Frames in nearby Mytholmroyd also sells work by local artists.
The Loft Space, Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre, Marsden
The Loft Space is home to several artists and designer-makers. Although the artists’ studios are private, there is a small but beautiful shop where you can browse and buy their work, much of it inspired by the South Pennines landscape outside. Look out for work by Janet Hagger (greenfusions); Ruth Gilbert (weaver); Pauline Meade and Sharon Hockin (printmakers); Alison Carthy and Ann Pennington (textiles) and Audrey Erbany (fine art). The Loft Space also sells specially-created craft kits so that you can make your own items at home.
If you needed even more of an incentive to visit, our South Pennines Textile Tale artwork will be on display at Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre during April and May 2014. Many of the Loft Space artists helped to create it.
Water Street Gallery, Water Street, Todmorden
Artists Michael and Rosemary Holcroft opened Water Street Gallery in 2010 to showcase quality painting and sculpture. There are changing exhibitions throughout the year and local artists including Shelley Burgoyne, Sally Barker and Paul Czainski are regularly featured.
Also in Tod: Platform One Gallery, Ntama.