Clogging On – over 60s tell it like it is!

Mytholmroyd Arts collaborated with the University of Manchester this year to look at what makes the Calder Valley Age Friendly.  Thirteen people over 60 took part in a photography project which gave them an opportunity to capture images of what they though about living in the valley as an older person.  We will be producing an illustrated report of the findings of the project. If you would like a copy, contact us at

Some of the photographs have also been shown in exhibitions in Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall and will be exhibited in Manchester on 19th December at a seminar about the project. If you would like to attend the seminar, book a place using this link:

Here are a few of the photos taken by participants.


Thanks for all your entries!


Mytholmroyd Arts would like to thank everyone who has submitted their work to the second Mytholmroyd Open Arts Exhibition.
Our panel of judges will now begin the task of assessing the entries and if your art work is chosen, you will be contacted by 29th September.
We’re looking forward to seeing the chosen artworks displayed on the Mytholmroyd Arts Festival weekend 14th & 15th October

Mytholmroyd Open Exhibition and School Art Exhibition winners announced!


Roger Hitchen. ‘Chris’


The first Mytholmroyd Open Exhibition was a huge success, with nearly 400 people attending.

A huge congratulations to Roger Hitchen, the first ever winner of the Mytholmroyd Open Exhibition’s Thompson Reuters Prize of £500, for his picture ‘Chris’.  The prize was presented by Miles Hutchinson, Editorial Director of Thompson Reuters Mytholmroyd office.

I think everyone will agree that it is a stunning piece of work.




The following artists were highly commended by the judges for their work.


Lucy Atherton. ‘Ocean Roar’

Katie Hampson Ram-Blem

Katie Hampson. ‘Ram Study’

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Janet Adams. ‘Fleshy’


Sarah McDade. ‘Seed Column’


Heidi Vilkman. ‘Girl and a Unicorn’


Clare Pearl. ‘With Red’



Sue Smith. ‘My Best Side’

The Mytholmroyd Open Exhibition Peoples Vote proved very popular with visitors, with 282 votes cast.  It was won by Sue Smith for her picture ‘My Best Side’ which received 50 votes, and a prize of £100. Congratulations Sue.

The runner up was Katherine Mytton for her painting View from Pollit Avenue which received 38 votes.


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Katherine Mytton. ‘View from Pollit Avenue’














There was also a People’s Vote for the winner of the Schools Art Competition.  We are delighted to announce that the Mytholmroyd Schools Artist of the Year is Rebecca Sowden, Key Stage 2 from Burnley Road Academy.

Rebecca Sowden (BR)

Rebecca Sowden, Key Stage 2, Burnley Road Academy.

Thank you to all the artists, the volunteers who helped to staff and invigilate the exhibition, and to everyone who came to see the exhibition.

Pink and Grey performance schedule released

Mimics-Sylvia-CauserOur Mytholmroyd Residency performance artists Pink and Grey have announced their schedule of performance for Saturday 24th October.  They will also be showing work at the Old Firestation Gallery workshop room alongside the other Residency Artists Lucy Atherton and Lucy Harvey and participating in an Artist’s Q&A at 3pm at the exhibition venue.

Pink and Grey can be seen at the following places and times:

H2O Return – Footbridge over the Calder River near St Michaels – 10.30 – 11.00am

Measured Walk – Centre of Mytholmroyd, starting at the Health Centre – 11.30 – 12.15pm

Book Ends – Seating outside St Michaels – 1.15 – 1.30pm

Two Legends at the Beauty Parlour – Northern Roots Hairdressing Salon, 13 New Road – 2.00 – 2.30pm


Schools Art Competition Winners

Thanks to everyone from Burnley Road Academy, Scout Road Academy and Calder High School who helped make last Wednesday’s Schools Art Exhibition such a great night. We had over 180 people there, and I think everyone would agree that the standard of work was fantastic.  Here are the 15 winning entries in no particular order, which will go forward to the Mytholmroyd Open exhibition on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th October.  Come and vote for your favourite in a People’s Vote.  The winner will be named Mytholmroyd Schools Artist of the Year.

Reception and Key Stage 1

Scout Rd Coco Reception

Coco Beaumont (SR)




Esme Howard (BR)

Esme Howard (BR)






Finlay Okulus (SR)

Finlay Okulus (SR)




Imogen Bamford (BR)

Imogen Bamford (BR)






Lola-Rose Denneny-Sleigh (BR)

Key Stage 2

Brooke Jones (SR)

Brooke Jones (SR)



Ethan Marsden (SR)

Ethan Marsden (SR)





Freya Lord (BR)

Freya Lord (BR)




Kai Fenton (SR)

Kai Fenton (SR)





Rebecca Sowden (BR)

Rebecca Sowden (BR)

Key Stage 3

Beau Well (CH)

Beau Well (CH)







Esme Stott Leach

Esme Stott Leach (CH)





Hope Well (CH)

Hope Well (CH)




Pavendeep Hare (CH)

Pavendeep Hare (CH)






Sinead McCall (CH)

Sinead McCall (CH)








All photos by Jade Smith

Ceramics Workshops

IMG_4634Last Friday, 10 people attended the ceramics workshops for older people at Elphaborogh Close in Mytholmroyd. The participants made ceramic tiles illustrating local shops.  Artist Sarah McDade, who ran the workshop, will fire them in her kiln, and next Friday participants will be able to glaze and decorate their tiles in the second of the workshops.IMG_4636

The tiles will get their final firing, and will be on show at the Mytholmroyd Arts Festival in the exhibition ‘A Short History of Mytholmroyd Shops’ which will take place at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Friday 16th October 10-4 and Saturday 17th October 10-3.



Photos by Sarah McDade

Free ceramic tile-making workshops

Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 10.53.07As part of Mytholmroyd Arts Festival, local ceramic artist Sarah McDade will be running two sets of free workshops for older people and people with disabilities, making ceramic tiles on the theme of ‘Shops’.

Sarah has lots of experience of teaching ceramics and says ‘You don’t need any experience of working with clay or be “artistic” to participate in these workshops. I will show you all the skills you need to make these beautiful decorative tiles. The first workshop will be spent making the tiles and the second, decorating and glazing.  Come to both if you can, but if you can only attend one, that’s fine too.  Come along and have a go!’

The tiles made during the workshops will be displayed during the Mytholmroyd Arts Festival.

(If you know anyone else who might be interested in these workshops, let them know as soon as possible as the first workshops start this week.)

Workshops for older people:

Venue: Community Room, Elphaborough Close, Mytholmroyd
  • Friday 18th September from 2-4, and
  • Friday 2nd October from 2-4pm.
To book a place, phone Annie on 01422 886685


Workshops for people with disabilities

Venue: Scope Centre, Halifax
  • Thurday 17th September from 10-12 noon, and
  • Thursday 1st  October from 10-12 noon.

To book a place, phone Peter Wardhaugh at Scope on 01422 361880.  Peter can also discuss your support and transport needs.  There will be personal assistants available to support you, and there is some money available to cover transport costs to Scope’s centre in Halifax – ask Peter for details.