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AGROUP of artists is hoping to add a little colour to your life and home.

With the launch of the HOST Open Studio Trail tonight at Huddersfield University's Creative Arts Building more than 60 artists are aiming to make a splash.

They want to help people revamp, recycle make do and mend their lives and home as part of the HOST Open Studio Trail which will run throughout Kirklees.

From a unique piece of ceramic art to jewellery and a creative textile focal point to get friends talking, people could commission a unique and intensely personal sculpture for their garden or indulge their walls with fine art from the group of up and coming artists.

For the next two weekends 63 artists across 27 venues in Mirfield, Huddersfield and the surrounding area will open up their homes, studios and workshops to the general public offering a rare glimpse into the variety of local talent.

Artist Carmen Weir said: "For the public, visiting artists in their studios is a fabulous way to get to know the creator of a favourite painting or sculpture.

"Studios are often personal and private spaces, each one unique and individual, directly reflecting the character and persona of the artist.

"Some will be chaotic, others havens of calm and some spaces are heaving with a mixture of creative folk all working side by side, while other sites offer undiscovered pockets of individual innovation and expression."

It starts off with an open evening tonight from 6-9pm at the Huddersfield University Creative Arts building which is open to all to attend. Studios throughout the borough will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, September 18/20 and 26/27 from 11am until 5pm with venues including AIM at Queen Street South, Marsh Mills, Radiant Works, the West Yorkshire Print Workshop and the LBT among many more.

Carmen added: "The talent on display across venues at HOST will include jewellers, ceramists, painters, photographers and sculptors giving the art loving public a unique opportunity to indulge in a one-off creation for themselves or to snap up some unique and inspiring gifts for family and friends.

"HOST aims to be bigger and better than ever before with more venues opening up across the Kirklees area making the event a truly regional showcase of local art."

The artists will be talking about their work and visitors can commission them to do work or buy what is on show.

The West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield is one of the largest venues on the trail with twelve artists taking part.

While the Textile Hall in Batley will also be a hub of activity with Karen Stansfield, a creative practitioner who works in theatre and education as a costumier and textile artist, exhibiting.

She said: "I've been on the HOST trail for the past couple of years as a visitor, supporting my friends who have taken part as well as going to look at the work of other practising artists.

"We have such a wealth of talent within Kirklees and it is always good to meet artists and discuss their creative processes."

For more details on individual artists taking part in HOST09 and for a full list of venues taking part visit


ON SHOW: HOST open studio trail 2009 - Artists at work, with Karen Stansfield
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 18, 2009
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