Elland’s Happiness Lab Showcase Friday 15th July at 7pm
- A preview of our happiness exhibition of drawing and writing from local groups, schools, and individuals (the full exhibition will be in Elland Library from 18th July)
- A wonderful documentary film about the project, made by the brilliant Rainbow Trout Films
- A ‘taster menu’ of live dance performance – each one inspired by the themes that have emerged from the project. Performed by local community members and Curious Motion dancers, with choreography by myself and the performers.
- There will of course be brews, refreshments and light snacks available too (vegetarian/ vegan).
Ogham Tree Textile Exhibition by the Piecemakers at Halifax Minster
A unique exhibition is taking place at Halifax Minster this Autumn, displaying 21 murals on fabric, each for the 21 native trees of Great Britain that make up the Celtic Ogham Calendar.
Aside from the richly colourful tapestries, there is a map of where these 21 trees can be found around Halifax, detailed journals about each tree and even the option for visitors to make their own mark on fabric!
Some of the eyecatching tapestries hanging along the panels of Halifax Minster.
Closeups of the tapestries
And this red/yellow flower is my mark in the rag rugging!
Map where you can find the trees around Halifax and the Ogham Calendar
The 21 individually designed panels, each measuring 100 x 60cm, reflect the mythology, folklore and distinctive features of the native trees of Great Britain as depicted in the Celtic Ogham, an ancient alphabet and calendar including trees such as the Oak, Apple, Willow and Ash.
Vintage fabrics and donated materials were used to showcase a variety of traditional techniques, including embroidery, goldwork, applique, patchwork and 3D creations, utilising the individual creative and artistic skills of the Piecemakers as weavers, stitchers, embroiderers, quilters, painters and printers.
The Halifax Minster is an exceptional building and should be further explored whilst visiting the exhibition
Booklets are available to purchase, explaining the exhibition. The public are invited to participate in the heritage craft of Rag Rugging, within Covid guidelines.
The Piecemakers of Elland: www.piecemakers.co.uk
Belonging: Fashion & A Sense of Place at Bankfield Museum September 18
If you’ve had your fill of the red carpet vlogs of the MET gala, perhaps you’d like another look at fashion in this upcoming exhibition at Bankfield Museum!
This upcoming event will mark the reopening of the Fashion section of the top floor of Bankfield museum.
Coinciding with London Fashion Week, Belonging: Fashion & A Sense of Place is a collaboration between Calderdale Council and Leeds Arts University.
This exhibition combines contemporary fashion with influences of the West Riding of Yorkshire, using various media, will be presented at the top floor Fashion Gallery of Bankfield museum. It will showcase work of fashion designers and artists who have been inspired by everything unique about West Riding of Yorkshire.
The exhibition opens on Saturday 18 September and runs until 5 March 2022.
Entry is free. Donations welcome
The Bankfield Museum: Akroyd Park, Boothtown Rd, Halifax HX3 6HG
Walks, talks and more at the Halifax Heritage Festival
The Halifax Heritage Festival gets underway today and approximately 20 heritage sites are hosting events and activities during the festival with over 60 walks, talks, tours, viewings, exhibitions and live music events taking place.
Thursday 8 September to Sunday 11 September
Most events are FREE of charge to attend, a limited few have a small cost or donation requirement, with nothing costing more than £5 per person.
Visitors can expect family activities, children’s events, evening talks and lunch time walks, with historical lectures, ghostly tales, hidden gems, and uncovered tombs being included in the weekend.
Running alongside the already renowned Heritage Open Days, the Halifax Heritage Festival offers many unique events taking place, there’s something for all ages.
Winter is Coming to Bankfield Museum
Don’t miss the stunning Game of Thrones White Walker embroidery at Bankfield Museum. Featuring a formidable White Walker, the work is over 17 feet wide and was originally created for HBO as a backdrop to mark the eagerly awaited release of Games of Thrones series five on DVD.
The highly detailed work will be on display until Saturday 10 September and features imagery from one of the most intense battle scenes in TV series history – the massacre of Hardhome (Series 5 episode 8).
The embroidery took over 5,000 hours to complete using a wide range of textile and mixed media materials, creating a one-off piece that showcases the artistry of hand embroidery and textile design in an impressive and imposing way.
To find more events and activities visit Calderdale Museums Website.
Dragons arrive in Brighouse this weekend
Visitors to Smith Art Gallery in Brighouse are in for some fiery fun, as a new family exhibition exploring fearsome, ferocious and friendly dragons through the ages (in all their shapes and sizes) opens on Saturday 5 December.
This free exhibition features original artworks by local illustrator and author Chris Mould. Following his successful ‘Pirates!’ exhibition last year, Chris returns to Brighouse with his book ‘Fangs ‘n’ Fire’… read more…