Welcome to Holmfirth Artweek

One of the UK’s Largest Open Art Exhibitions, Featuring over 400 exhibitors and over 2,000 artworks, plus dozens of fringe venues across the local area with thousands more works of art and craft.

 Holmfirth Artweek is a local event with a national reputation. The majority of the exhibitors are from this area but large numbers of visitors come from all over the country to view and to buy. It is astounding how much artistic talent there is locally and it is this that makes the event such a success every year.

As Holmfirth Artweek is a fundraising event, all work submitted must be for sale. A commission of 20% is charged on sales in the Exhibition, the Market & the Fringe with all proceeds being donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Exhibition

The Exhibition in the Civic Hall is one of the biggest open exhibitions in the country featuring work by over 400 professional & amateur artists. As well as having work in the main exhibition, these artists can also sell smaller items on our Market for immediate purchase.

As Artweek is a fundraising event, all work submitted must be for sale. A commission of 20% is paid by artists on all sales made in the Exhibition, Market & Fringe. All proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Fringe

Every year, Holmfirth Artweek encourages businesses and individuals in Holmfirth in the area to create exhibition spaces and open their doors to showcase the work of artists from across the region.

Last year, 47 venues in the Holme Valley, Colne Valley and Saddleworth made up our fringe exhibition – featuring an exciting and diverse array of work from photographers, painters, textile-makers, ceramicists, sculptors and more…

Where and When


Sun 5th July: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Mon 6th – Fri 10th July: 10.00am – 9.00pm

Sat 11th July: 10.00am – 5.00pm*

* The market closes at 4.00pm on Saturday 11th

Where is it?

The main exhibition takes place at Holmfirth Civic Hall, with additional Fringe venues dotted around the Holme Valley and Colne Valley area. There is plenty of parking in the Co-op car park directly across the road from the hall.

Holmfirth Civic Hall,
Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3AS

In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
















Make a donation...

You can show your support by making a donation direct to Macmillan Cancer Support, using the link below…

Get Involved

There are a number of different ways to get involved in Artweek and exhibit your work. You can be a part of the main exhibition as either an invited or a public artist. We pride ourselves on our openness – literally anyone can apply to exhibit, and there is no curation or selection process. All you have to do to apply as a public artist is use the link below to submit your application during the month of April.

We are now only taking applications online through this website, but contrary to previous years, you do not need to know the titles of the artworks you wish to submit right away. There is no longer a draw if we are oversubscribed – applications will simply be processed on a first-come, first served basis. Once places are gone, they are gone!

We have changed from a separate Catalogue and Fringe Guide – and instead are producing one publication – an Artweek Guide – this will contain information on all the fringe venues, a guide to the main exhibition and a full directory of all artists exhibiting in Artweek. This guide will have a much wider circulation than the previous Catalogue and will hopefully be a much better tool to promote Artweek as a whole. It won’t list all the individual artworks as the previous catalogue did. This will enable us to publish and distribute it much earlier in the year, and also means exhibitors have much more time to choose and submit the details of their artwork.

As a part of you application process, you can choose to pay a little extra to enhance your listing in the Artweek Guide with a picture and/or a biography. Remember, all money raised goes to MacMillan Cancer Support, so why not push the boat out?

As ever, you can always choose to get in touch with a local venue and set up a fringe exhibition. Fringe applications will also take place through this website – please use the link below when Fringe applications open…

Apply Here

Invited Artists

Every year a number of artists are invited to exhibit. These are selected from artists who have been long-time supporters of Artweek, or are renowned in the area, or who have regularly sold well! We thank them for their support by inviting them to apply before the public application opens.

Invited artist applications are open throughout March, but you must have received an invitation code to proceed with your application.

Applications open from 1st March to midnight, 31st March.

Public Artists

Once we have allocated some space to our invited artists, the public application process opens…

Throughout April, anyone and everyone is invited to apply for a place to exhibit. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows, so make sure you get in quickly!

You do not need to know the details of your artwork to apply, we will come back to you for that information at a later date.

Applications open from 1st April to midnight, 30th April – or until all places sold out.

Fringe Venues

So you have a venue and you want to host a Fringe exhibition? Great! This is where you apply… Please note that you must have arranged your artist(s) and have all their details before you submit an application. If you are either an artist looking for a venue or a venue looking for an artist, then please get in touch and we’ll try and play “dating service” for you!

As a fringe venue you will get a full-page listing in the Artweek Guide and promotional materials to help publicise your event. All we ask is a small fee and 20% commission on sales to go to Macmillan.

Applications open from 1st February to midnight, 30th April.

The Artweek Guide

The Artweek Guide is a comprehensive directory of all exhibiting artists and fringe venues, and is available from shops, galleries, venues, pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars across the area.  Be sure to pick up a free copy for your definitive guide to everything that you can see at Artweek.

Sponsorship Opportunities




...and we're looking for sponsors!

With such a footfall we’re sure that companies will be interested in teaming up with us. Holmfirth Artweek began in 1967 and has been running every year since, in the heart of Holmfirth. The exhibition is open to all and features artists from all over the country. It is one of the largest open art exhibitions in the UK.

Artweek is entirely run by volunteers and receives no funding or grants from the government or other funding bodies. All the money that is raised from Holmfirth Artweek is donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. Since 1967 Artweek has raised a staggering £966,500.

We hope that local business will benefit from the exposure we can give them, and at the same time the revenue generated goes straight to a worthy cause. As far as we can see, that’s a win-win situation!

To become a sponsor, contact our sponsorship team at sponsorship@holmfirthartweek.org.uk

Advertising rates

The Artweek Guide is an A5 booklet with a print run of 10,000 and is distributed across the region, finding its way into the hands of artists and art buyers both locally and nationally.

Our advertising rates are competitive, and every penny helps to support Macmillan Cancer Support, If you are interested in advertising in the Guide, please contact the Artweek team at info@holmfirthartweek.org.uk

Full Page

Cost: £200

Half page

Cost: £100

Quarter page

Cost: £50

Support Us

Become a volunteer

All the people you see front of house at the Exhibition are volunteers – stewards, tearoom staff, sales desk staff, raffle ticket sellers (not to mention those behind the scenes who you may not see – organisers, screen builders, lighting fitters, picture hangers, administrators, design and marketing, etc.).  The whole event is run by volunteers and on each day we need 80 people to keep things running smoothly.

If you can spare a few hours please get in touch with the Artweek team…

Become a Friend of Artweek

Membership of Friends of Artweek costs £20. For this you receive 2 tickets for the Saturday Preview evening, allowing you to browse at your leisure with a free glass of wine, and giving you the exclusive opportunity to purchase artworks before the exhibition opens to the public on Sunday. The tickets are also valid throughout the week for the exhibition.

If you wish to become a Friend, please fill in your details on the form below and post it back to us…

Our Supporters

Holmfirth Artweek has been supported with a funding grant from One Community, the Kirklees Community Foundation

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Contact Us

By Telephone

07561 314408 or 01484 689464

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