New Event – The Friends of the Rydings

Friday 11th December – 2.00pm – Wine and Mince Pies – members afternoon- assorted craft stalls for your Christmas gifts

 November – January 2016 – SCAPE an exhibition of photographs by Mark Harrowsmith and David Preston at The Millers Bar, Brighouse. This is a collaboration between The Friends of the Rydings, Brighouse Arts Festival and Globe Arts Studio.

Mark Harrowsmith studied Fine Art at Brighton University in the early 90s, and a decade later discovered that digital photography and processing techniques brought him close to the experience of painting, minus the mess! Mark seeks to capture and create an emotional response to time and place, not just a simple mechanical image. David Preston is a photographer based in Marsden, working both locally and around the country, particularly on the North East coast, David is inspired by the beauty and honesty of nature, often using the camera to capture unique moments of movement and stillness within the instance of a single image.

New Year Programme

February 4th 5th and 6th – National Libraries week celebrations at Brighouse Library  - Provisional programme to be announced. So far: Dress as your favourite character from a book, The Woolley Poet, Caius Lee pianist, Lecture and workshop – be confirmed soon.

 Programme  - National Libraries Week

National libraries Day

Thursday February 4th -

1.00pm – Caius Lee – piano performance in The Smith Gallery – Free

Friday February 5th 

11.00am – Dr Tom Ratcliffe – Narrative in Painting - £3.00 and £2.00 concs. Book Online or at Brighouse Library, Harrison Lord, Ryecorn Wholefoods or Simply Flowers

1.00pm  Caius Lee – piano performance in The Smith Gallery – Free.

Saturday February 6th 

All Day – Fancy Dress Characters from Literature – come dressed as your favourite chatacter – always fancied being a Fagin? COMPETITION ENTRY FORM  Fancy Dress Characters from Literature

10.30am – ‘The Woolly Poet’ – reading and performance by Ben Guilfoyle and the Brighouse library Poetry Group

Benjamin Guilfoyle is a spoken word poet from Lancaster. Going under the banner of Woolly Hat Poems, Benjamin has been performing his work in and around Lancaster for just over a year. He has been guest poet for Lancaster’s Working Title event and has headlined Lancaster’s Spotlight. In 2016 Benjamin completed his first independently published poetry pamphlet ‘Level Up’ and took it on a successful six date tour of Lancashire and Cumbria. He has recently worked with homeless shelters in Lancaster and Morecambe to help them produce work of their own. Outside of poetry, Benjamin is currently working as an early years teacher while he finishes his teacher training.

11.00pm – Rod Dimbleby – Storyteller for children and adults

‘Family, fun storytelling with Rod Dimbleby, a prominent member of the Shaggy Dog Storytellers based in Hebden Bridge. Suitable for all family members from aged 4 and above.’

 1.00pm – Caius Lee – piano performance in The Smith

2.oopm – Rod Dimbleby – ‘Storyteller and writer’ – discussion and reading. More information - Book online

7.30pm  - Aidan Edwards and Juliet Montgomery accompannied by Ewan Gilford: An Evening of Song – The Smith Art Gallery – this event must be booked as it has limited ticket numbers – follow   More information

February 26th, 2.00pmCarole Roberts – ‘Love Bread a Community Venture’ established in Brighouse this popular business has quite a story to tell. £3.00 and £2.00 concs.

March 18th, 2.00pmJackie Harrowsmith and Rebecca Sahonta – ‘Globe Arts Education’, Globe Arts works with children and adults across Calderdale and Kirklees. £3.00 and £2.00 concs

April 29th, 2.00pm – David Glover – ‘Dickens his Hogarth Relations and Halifax’ £3.00 and £2.00 concs.

May 27th – 2,00pm – Ruth Gamble – ‘Curating as a professional activity’ – £3.00 and £2.00 concs.