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Calverley’s arty centenary celebration

An artist is being sought to help Calverley Horticultural Society celebrate its centenary show, writes Anne Akers

The 100th show will be in 2021, but the society wants to get an artist and the community involved in creating an artwork in good time. It will then be displayed in the village library, which is also a local history centre.

The show, held each year at the end of August, attracts entries in classes ranging from vegetables, fruit and flowers, to handicrafts, baking, wine-making, photography and art.

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Show secretary Bev Smith said the society wanted to mark the 100th show in a way that could be remembered in years to come.

“We decided that as the library is a local history centre which will be refurbished this year, it would be good to commission an artwork which could be enjoyed by the whole community,” she said.

The society were successful in bidding for a grant from the Pudsey Charity and have published a commission on Curatorspace, an artists’ website.

“We are looking for an artist to work with us to produce this something that will represent our show,” said Bev.

“We’re allowing good time for the artist to produce something as they will probably want to come to this year’s show. We’ve not been specific about what the artwork should look like, but it has to be something people can see in the library.”

Prizewinning potatoes. Photo: Anne Akers

The commission offers £750, which will include the artist’s time and producing the artwork. The deadline for submissions, which must be made through Curatorspace, is 30 March.

Other plans for celebrating the centenary include a series of history talks and on-line stories from show exhibitors and judges over the years.

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