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.


‘Calder’ goes on tour

The short film ‘Calder’, commissioned by the Festival in 2015, will shortly be touring Calderdale with September screenings in Blackshaw Head (28th), Midgley (29th)and Todmorden (30th).

Tim and Jack from short film 'Calder'

Tim and his dog Jack from short film ‘Calder’ (image courtesy of Geoff Brokate, 2016)

In April 2016 the film premiered to a tightly-packed audience at The Dusty Miller in Mytholmroyd, where filmmakers Geoff Brokate and Paula Sutherland discussed the remarkable experience of making the work in the community in the aftermath of such a devastating event.

Tour screenings of ‘Calder’ will be followed by a discussion with writer and filmmaker Paula Sutherland.  The film returns to Mytholmroyd with screenings during this year’s Arts Festival.

Visit our Film Tour page for further details.

Ceramics workshops with Sarah McDade

Would you like to get involved in our ‘Living Rooms’ project?

Make a cup, or bowl, and spoon as well as one or more pottery flowers to decorate one of our outdoor ‘Living Rooms’, on display around Mytholmroyd during the Festival weekend.

Ceramic flowers

Workshops information

Free drop-in workshops for all ages with ceramic artist Sarah McDade:

10:00-13:00 Saturday 10th Sep (making) and Saturday 1st Oct (glazing/decorating)

The Old Firestation Gallery, Mytholmroyd HX7 5EG


Opportunities for artists

We are delighted to announce two opportunities for artists/makers.

Artists tools

Living Rooms project

We have paid opportunities for three Mytholmroyd artists/makers to work on an exciting project for MAF2016.  Following the Boxing Day floods, we all experienced the distressing sight of people’s destroyed belongings out on the street.  We want to turn that bad memory into something positive by creating a beautiful outdoor display of ‘living rooms’ in the village, using art and gardening to make temporary installations which might in include a bedroom, sitting room, bathroom or kitchen.

We are looking for artists to work with experienced curator and public art commissioner Geoff Wood to develop and execute these installations, which will be in place during the Arts Festival 14th-16th October.

Payment for the project will be £500 including fees and all materials costs.  There may also be the opportunity to work with people skilled in working with plants and flowers.

If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please send an email with no more than four images of your work and no more than 200 words about why you would like to take part to: and

by 12 noon, Sunday 14th August.

Shortlisted artists will then be invited to a meeting with Geoff to discuss their ideas, and successful artists will be informed by 28th August.

Open Studios

We are also delighted to announce an exciting opportunity for Mytholmroyd artists/makers to showcase and sell their work during the Arts Festival 14th-16th October.

Are you interested in opening your house or studio, or partnering with a local business in the village to show your work in their premises?

Please send an email with your contact details, no more than three images of your work and a brief description of what you will be showing to:

by Monday 22nd August.

We look forward to hearing from you.

2016 Festival dates announced

We are pleased to announce the main Festival dates for 2016.  Please mark Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October very firmly in your diary.

MAF16 diary

Our theme this year is the four elements, one of which has been rather too prominent in our thoughts in recent months. We’ll do our best to restore harmony and balance with a celebratory exploration of fire, air and earth (and maybe just a dash of water).

A full house for ‘Calder’

We were delighted to see such a great turnout for our film premiere at the Dusty Miller yesterday evening. Poet Winston Plowes’ thoughtful contributions on the theme of flooding were also very warmly received and we look forward to welcoming him back to Mytholmroyd in the future.

The next screening of ‘Calder’ will take place at Hebden Bridge Picture House on Saturday 23rd April. This event, with Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, begins at 4.30pm.

We are now pushing ahead with plans to screen ‘Calder’ at other venues in Calderdale towns and villages; watch this space for news of the film tour.

Premiere of short film ‘Calder’

When the Festival commissioned a short film about our village in 2015, little did we or filmmakers Geoff Brokate and Paula Sutherland know that our plans would be overtaken by the dramatic events of Boxing Day.

Unearthing surprising stories of a community coming together in adversity, ‘Calder’ documents the transformative impact of the flood and the personal challenges faced by individuals attempting to make positive changes in is aftermath.

Tim and Tia from short film 'Calder'

Tim and his dog Jack, from ‘Calder’ (image courtesy of Geoff Brokate, 2016)

The premiere of ‘Calder’ will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday 14th April at The Dusty Miller in Mytholmroyd.  This first screening will be followed by poetry from Winston Plowes and a panel discussion with representatives from the Festival, the filmmakers and local residents who appear in the film.  Entry to this special event is free, with donations to the Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal and the Festival.

Dates for the main Festival weekend in October will be announced at this event, which marks a poignant start to 2016 for our team.  We hope that you will join us here in the heart of Mytholmroyd to hear the personal stories through which ‘Calder’ draws out the special character of our community.

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’

Janet Adams IMG_3357

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