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Festive Open Weekend 5th & 6th December 2015

It only seems yesterday that we were taking part in the Summer Open Studios here at Brooklyn Studios and yet the Autumn has rolled on by and its almost time to get the fairy lights out for our annual Festive Open Weekend which this year is taking place during the first weekend of December.

All are very welcome to visit us for a chat, some festive mulled cider or non-alcohol spiced apple warmer, and the opportunity to view new work by our artists and makers.





The studios are very busy at the moment as everyone is madly getting work ready for our annual Winter Open Studios leading up to the festive season.

Angie Rogers has designed this year’s poster using one of her woodcut and paper cut artworks based on memories of the hoar frost coated Hebden Bridge a couple of winters ago. The work is titled ‘Frozen North’ and is part of a series looking at the idea of ‘The North’.

The Festive Open Studios are always a cheery and convivial event and so we hope to see all our friends and supporters from near and far at the end of the month.

Made and Done!

We had a great time at the Making And Doing weekend in the studio.

Visitors from Hebden Royd and beyond crammed in; tots ‘n’ teenagers, mums and dads, grannies and granddads.  All enjoyed the hands-on experiences of printing linocuts and 
monoprnts as well as decorating bunting for next year’s Tour de Cragg. What a wealth of talent there is in this beautiful area.

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Gallery Space

Owing to the current economic climate and our ever increasing rent we made the difficult decision to convert a large part of our gallery space into a regular sized studio and a double studio.  These spaces are currently occupied by existing members.

We have also been joined by new member Jez Tweed who has taken Hannah Lawson’s old space above the printmaking area, whilst Hannah has moved up to Chris Herbert’s old space above the entrance hall (we all enjoy a good old game of musical studios!).

There is still a small gallery area with smooth white boarded walls.  This space is suitable for the showing of small to medium scale wall hung works, or small scale 3D, and would be ideal for someone starting out who doesn’t have a large body of work but would like to test out exhibiting their work.

The space could be used for any number of imaginative ideas and we are open to suggestions so contact us at if you are interested, need more information or have a proposal. We are especially keen to help people in our local community explore positive new experiences.

An evening of dancing

The proverbial good time was had by all at our Ceilidh on Saturday night and the many participating children certainly enjoyed demonstrating their Whirling Dervish skills, whilst the adults version was somewhat more sedate, though no less committed.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make this event happen and all who attended. The modest profits from the night will help pay for the latest round of improvements in the studios including the much needed boarding in the print area.