The organisers have stated:
“We are going to consider the cancellation of this years event as a well-earned break, which we are going to use to look at how we can change and refine a few things with how Artweek operates. We have some big changes planned for the future and this will give us the necessary time to plan and implement these changes. We are pretty confident that Artweek will bounce back much stronger next year, so keep your eye on this space!”
The artweek has been running since the mid-1960s, and this little hillside town in the Holme Valley welcomes over 10,000 people every year to view artwork from over 400 exhibitors.
The range of exhibits from local, national, and internationally renowned artists is diverse and includes photographers, painters, textile-makers, ceramicists and sculptors. There are also music, comedy, theatre and literature exhibitions on as well.
All the artwork being displayed is for sale (over 2000 individual pieces), and a commission of 20% is charged on each purchase that is donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. The Artweek has been raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support for 54 years and in 2019 the exhibition raised in excess of £45,000 which meant that they have donated a cumulative total of one million pounds over the years! Incredible!
The main exhibition is held in the Holmfirth Civic Hall with week-long entry tickets costing £2.50, but exhibitions are also held at over 40 Fringe venues across the Holme Valley, Colne Valley, and Saddleworth area. Some exciting and hands-on Children’s Art & Craft Activity Sessions will also be held in Holmfirth during the week.
There are a growing number of fringe venues that take part in artweek in Saddleworth. In 2019 Scona in Greenfield, Millyard Gallery and the Weavers Factory in Uppermill hosted exhibitions. Details of this years’ fringe venues haven’t been announced yet. For more information about Art Galleries in Saddleworth click here.
Check out the office Holmfirth Artweek website for more information.
Holmfirth is a beautiful little town in the Holme Valley, just a stone’s throw away from Saddleworth over t’ hill in Yorkshire. Most famous as the setting of the long-running BBC comedy TV series Last of the Summer Wine, there is a lot more to Holmfirth than the octogenarian antics of Compo, Cleggy, Foggy and Co. Holmfirth is where celebrated landscape artist Ashley Jackson has his gallery, and there are lots of lovely teashops (including Sids Cafe) and plenty of restaurants and traditional pubs, and fantastic walking opportunities in the area.
For more information about Holmfirth click here.
Click here to see a list of the events and festivals going on in 2020 in Saddleworth.
Pots & Pans Cottage is a charming L shaped 18th-century weavers cottage located in a small hamlet 10 minutes walk from the centre of Uppermill in Saddleworth. If you are interested in visiting Uppermill and exploring beautiful Saddleworth then click on the book now button below to view the prices and availability and make a booking.
Cheers and beers and wrinkled stockings!