Smith Art Gallery

‘After the Flood’ Photographic Exhibition at Smith Art Gallery

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Over Heritage Open Days September 7 – 9 there will be a special photographic exhibition titled “After the Flood” by Mike Bentley, who has documented the demolition and rebuilding of Elland Bridge following the devastation of the Boxing Day Floods in 2015. A free local Heritage Trail leaflet is also available.

Mike Bentley, has been interested in photography since receiving his first camera from his grandad who was a Halifax chemist, and notably, the first in Halifax to stock film and offer a processing service to members of the public back in the 1930s.

Mike estimates that he visited the Elland site on over 100 occasions and took approximately 2500 photographs during the project. All of the images were taken from publicly accessible areas, and the selection displayed in Brighouse is presented in approximate chronological order to show the progression of the works and the subsequent re-opening of the new bridge and canal.

Mike said of the project:

Initially I visited the bridge in March 2016 out of interest to see what was going on. As the demolition of the old bridge progressed, its original structure was revealed and I became interested in how the bridge must have been built all those years ago without the use of modern excavators and cranes.  

“I became fascinated with the complexities of what goes into the building of a new bridge and it was then that I decided to record the rebuilding works through photography.”

Smith Art Gallery is a purpose built late Victorian Art Gallery opened in 1907 by Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Louise. One room is used for the permanent collection of Victorian paintings while the other hosts a splendid mix of exhibitions, including many by local and regional artists.

Brighouse Heritage Town Walk – 8 September

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On September 8 starting from Brighouse Town Hall, Briggate HD6 1EF at 10:30am.

The old town hall (Town Hall Dental) Barclays Bank and the Black Bull pub are all situated in Thornton Square, Briggate, which is located at the end of Bethel Street.

The heritage walk takes visitors along the canal towpath, viewing some of the early canalside buildings that shaped the future of Brighouse.
In the town centre a number of important Victorian buildings can be seen. It is intended that the impressive former mayoral dais will be available to view at the Civic Hall. This important piece of civic history was the work of the famous local woodworker, HP Jackson of Coley.

The walk finishes at The Rydings, just outside the town centre. This is the location of the Smith Art Gallery & Library and the town’s War Memorial.

No booking is required for the walk which lasts approx 90 minutes and is organised by Peter Davis of Brighouse Civic Trust.

Saturday Art Club, Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse

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Fortnightly- Saturday 15 July, 9 September, 23 September, 7 October, 21 October, 4 November, 18 November, 2 December, 16 December 10.30am-12.30pm at Smith Art Gallery, Halifax Rd, Brighouse HD6 2AF.

Children aged 8-14 years old are invited to come along and be creative, make stuff and have fun at the Brighouse Saturday Art Club. We use the fantastic collections at the gallery for inspiration.


Workshops costs £5.00. To book a place please contact Jeffrey on 01422 352334 or email

Walks, talks and more at the Halifax Heritage Festival

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hhfest_logoThe 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.

Click here to find out whats going on today

Dragons arrive in Brighouse this weekend

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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…

Saturday Art Clubs at Smith Art Gallery

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A variety of arts and crafts activities for ages 8 to 14 at Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse from 10.30am to
art club12.30pm on the following dates:

Saturday 31 October 2015

Saturday 14 November 2015
Saturday 28 November 2015

Saturday 12 December 2015

Saturday 16 January 2016
Saturday 30 January 2016

The cost is £5 per session and places can be booked by calling Jeffrey on 01422 352334 or by email to

Admire the landscape of Calderdale at Smith Art Gallery

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Visitors to Smith Art Gallery in Brighouse can now admire Calderdale’s beautiful scenery without setting a foot outside, as their current exhibition celebrates scenic artworks of the Calderdale region.

The ‘Landscapes of the South Pennines’ exhibition offers visitors the chance to see a selection of artworks depicting views of Calderdale. Together, these works show how the diversity of landscapes in the borough has inspired artists throughout the years… read more here…

The FREE exhibition runs until Saturday 17 October and is open Monday and Friday 10am to 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 3.30pm.

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