If there are two things our town is known and loved for, it’s a vibrant arts scene and beautiful natural setting. What could be better than an organisation which brings them both together? Well, how about one that brings them together for the good of the community and the environment. That’s Hebden Bridge Arts all over.
Igniting the creativity in everyone is the charity’s mission here, and it’s one they more than accomplish. The small and inclusive team at HBA work with the public, under-represented communities and every sort of artist and maker, connecting people and creating exciting, ambitious art that’s socially engaged as well as informed by the climate emergency. They’re great at sharing that art too, with everyone!
HBA’s work supports the development of community confidence and great art through mentoring and co-creation. Volunteers, the culturally curious and those who love a good workshop are all invited, as are partners like grassroots organisations and clubs. Sponsors and funders are particularly welcome – just shout if you can help.
So, what about the projects? June 2022 to July 2023 saw the Open Space 70: a brilliant collaboration between artists, community groups, the public and environmental experts, culminating in a fabulous festival of talks, walks, workshops, films, exhibitions and inspiring performances. Similar in scale and ambition, the group’s current project is around Jean Giono’s beautiful and inspiring short story, The Man Who Planted Trees. Set for delivery in summer 2024 as part of Calderdale’s Year of Culture, this will be another amazing partnership between leading practitioners and community groups, with a packed and eclectic programme planned.
Image bottom right: Lisa Graham, Volunteer Coordinator and Administrator