Why new Farsley exhibition is a ‘Source’ of joy

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Sunnybank Mills is hosting a new exhibition - Source.

A new exhibition, featuring the work of the talented members of the West Yorkshire Print Workshop, has opened at the Sunny Bank Mills Gallery in Farsley.

The exhibition, which launches the gallery’s 2023 programme, showcases how the artists respond to the word “source” and what it means to them.

Source is part of a programme of exhibitions and engagement at the gallery that celebrates textiles and their pivotal place in the West Yorkshire community and economy.

Creative director Jane Kay explained: “Sunny Bank Mills produced high-quality worsted cloth that was shipped worldwide, but it is rooted in Yorkshire and its landscape: water, hills, sheep and stone.

“The textile heritage of Yorkshire, the weaving of wool into cloth and the stories of the people who worked in the mills is both our heritage and that of many West Yorkshire villages and it is this that we want to celebrate in 2023.

Sunny Bank Mills Gallery Assistant, Millie Rothera, studies the work of printmaker Clare Phelan.

“Source is a statement exhibition to start the year and I am very impressed by the imaginative way in which the artists have responded to the brief. The breadth of the subject matter, the variety of printmaking techniques and the overall quality of their work is exceptional.

“2023 is the 10th anniversary of the Gallery, marking 10 years of arts and culture at Sunny Bank Mills which we are celebrating all year long alongside our Archive and the regeneration of the Mill, its industrial legacy as a weaver of fine worsted cloth and its future,” said Jane.

Established in 1984, West Yorkshire Print Workshop is the largest open access printmaking facility in Yorkshire. Nestled in the heart of Mirfield, the workshop supports, nurtures and promotes creative talent through the joy of making prints.

  • Source runs until Sunday, March 5. Opening times: Tuesday-Saturday 10-4, Sunday 12-4. Closed on Mondays. Entry is free. 

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