New art space opens its doors

New art space opens its doors

A NEW art gallery and artists’ studio complex has opened its doors for the first time this week.

Based in the former Vale Cinema on Huddersfield Road in central Mirfield, the Creative Arts Hub offers workspace for up to 15 artists and a gallery with a changing programme of exhibitions.

The not-for-profit artspace is the brainchild of Mark Milnes, who initially set up the organisation to support local artists in the development and creation of new artwork.

Mark said: “We’ve worked hard for the past nine months to get to this stage, and without the help of a team of fantastic volunteers we wouldn’t have got here at all.

“The building needed a complete refurbishment and re-fit, which has largely been done through volunteer effort.

“It’s great to see the space looking as I envisaged it all those months ago, and to know that it works well as an exhibition venue.

“Our studio spaces filled up very quickly, with little advertising, and the artists are all settling in very nicely.

“I think that Creative Arts Hub will prove to be a really strong addition to the cultural life of North Kirklees, and it certainly feels to have got off to a good start.”

The organisation has recently been successful in obtaining funding through the Kirklees Arts in the Neighbourhood scheme, which will enable them to deliver a series of workshops at Batley Art Gallery, celebrating the work of late artist Andy Banks.

The Creative Arts Hub will be used as a multi-purpose space to run classes for children and adults in a wide variety of techniques and media.

The inaugural exhibition runs until September 15 and showcases the work of artists Maggie Thompson, Judy Tadman and Richard Yeomans alongside pictures from artists’ studios across Kirklees.

The exhibition is open from Wednesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm and on the weekend of September 14-15 the artists will throw open their studio doors and invite the public in to experience creativity at work, first hand as part of the HOST project.

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