Guest artists

Mirfield Arts Festival features artists from our local area, and also includes guest artists each year from further afield. We welcome Arts Catalyst who will bring a variety of arts activities and projects to the library for 2019’s Festival.

Arts Catalyst presents

Test Sites: Calder Valley, Summer 2019

A touring programme of installations and participatory activities exploring ways of caring for the ecology and water systems in the Calder Valley, featuring new artworks by Ruth Levene and Invisible Flock

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, 21 – 29 June

Mirfield Arts Festival at Mirfield Library, 13 – 14 July

Free, everyone welcome!

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Ruth Levene | Working Waters

Working Waters is an artwork by Yorkshire-based artist Ruth Levene that takes the form of a 3D model representation of the Calder Catchment. Workshops exploring the interdependent relationships within the water system will take place at 1pm on opening days, led by the Test Sites: Calder Valley co-inquiry team. These are free to attend and last around 1.5 hours. Sign up and find out more via the Arts Catalyst website.

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Open: 13 & 14 July, 10am – 3pm

Upstairs @ Mirfield Library | Free entry

Workshops at 1pm

Invisible Flock | Duet

Interactive arts studio Invisible Flock and their collaborators Quicksand present a new iteration of Duet, their multi-platform digital art project about making connections, and finding space in our daily lives for expression and reflection. This interactive installation explores communities’ relationship with the river Calder by inviting them to exchange snippets of their daily life by answering one question a day via an artist-designed website. The anonymous glimpses left by respondents will become an evolving, ephemeral artwork of stories, captured and woven into a digital light and text sculpture, thereby producing a choral and amplified perspective on the role that the river plays within the local ecology of the Calder valley.

Open: 13 & 14 July, 10am – 3pm

Mirfield Library | Free entry


Test Sites: Calder Valley

Since 2017, Arts Catalyst has been working with artists, anthropologists and stakeholders from the Calder region to collectively explore water governance and its relationship with health, wellbeing and the resilience of communities and environments. The project asks ‘how can we re-imagine our relationship with the infrastructures that govern our everyday life through practices of care?’.