A late addition to our programme …


The River College presents 

An informal conversation and cake-eating session thinking about Mirfield’s water systems

Saturday 14 July, Mirfield Library, 12 noon – 4pm 

What ways do we come into contact with and consume water on a daily basis? Where does it come from? How is it managed? Is it clean? Is it harmful? Who profits from it? Can we begin to understand our environment and learn about its multi-layered complexities through the creation of geographical cakes?

 Join artists and researchers for slice of artist-made geological strata cake and an informal chat about the water systems in the Calder valley.

Everyone welcome. Free, just drop in between 12 and 4pm. We invite people from all backgrounds and interests to exchange their ideas around water’s social, environmental, spiritual and political meanings, particularly in relation to the local area.

This event is hosted by Arts Catalyst & the River College as part of Mirfield Art Festival. Find out more at artscatalyst.org.

The River College is part of a long-term project looking at the Calder as a changing natural environment with a history of human activity, a focus for ecological concern and civic action, and a place for diverse artistic and cultural reflections.

Ruth Levene

Ruth Levene is an artist based in Sheffield, Yorkshire working in video, performance, events, digital drawings, walks, installations and participatory work. Curious and concerned by the complex systems we live by, she is currently exploring water systems, farming and market driven developments of the countryside.

Megan Clinch

Megan Clinch is a social anthropologist and lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research explores how different forms of investigation, experimentality, evidence, and evaluation are understood (or not) and managed in the development of public health interventions.

Nicola Triscott

Dr Nicola Triscott is a curator, writer and researcher. She is the Artistic Director/CEO of Arts Catalyst, one of the UK’s most distinctive commissioning contemporary arts organisations exploring the intersections between art, science and technology, and a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Westminster.

Anna Santomauro

Anna Santomauro is a curator, educator and researcher in micropolitics and socially engaged art. She is the co-founder of Vessel in Bari, Italy, a non-profit arts organisation dedicated to public programming in relation to contemporary social, political, and economic issues. She is Programme Curator at Art Catalyst.


Hidden talent: MALCOLM DEANE

It all started when Malcolm was 6 years old: he was playing football when the ball got kicked into some allotments, he went to retrieve it and found he was fascinated by the plants all lined up in neat little rows. This started a life-long passion for gardens and plants – not only growing them, but also drawing and painting them. Come and see Malcolm’s floral artwork at Mirfield Library and meet him during the Festival.

Malcolm was ‘spotted’ in Mirfield by one of the Festival committee members at the beginning of the year, and we are excited to be able to offer the first public showing of his work. You’ll be able to view his work at the library, and prints of his fine paintings will be available to purchase.

We are always looking for hidden talent for the next Mirfield Arts Festival. If you live or work in Mirfield (or have other connections with the town), and have an artistic talent that you feel needs to be seen, we would like to hear from you. We’re open to suggestions, and we’ll discuss the work at a panel meeting early next year to find out who our Hidden Talent 2019 is!

Mirfield Arts Festival

It’s all starting to happen …

There’s a lot of activity underway here at MAF towers! Programmes are busy being produced, banners will be on display shortly, leaflets and posters are already out in the big wide world 🙂

If you want to find out more about all the fantastic activities that are going to form the festival, take a look at the What’s On page….new listings are being added regularly, but you’ll certainly get a flavour of the diverse range of concerts, exhibitions, drop-in activities and performances that are planned by the venues across Mirfield town centre.

Exciting stuff – keep looking in!!



SAVE THE DATE – 14th & 15th July 2018

Mirfield Arts Festival is coming! We’re really looking forward to the fast-approaching third Arts Festival, this year focusing on the idea of ‘BLOOMS’. There’ll be activities suitable for all ages and interests, and we hope that you will join us to celebrate the inspired creativity of our beautiful town. Culminating in a stunning carnival parade at 2pm on Sunday 15th, the weekend will be chock full of opportunities to get involved, be inspired, and to satisfy your curiosity & creativity.

Carnival parade