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haworth news01/09/2007 - Haworth As WE See It

The “Haworth As WE See It” of 100 painted canvasses depicting Haworth ... through the eyes of those who live and work here is officially launched today.

The project has been organised by Chris and Sandra McCarthy.

Chris said: “Professional artists, absolute beginners, Children, Third-agers ... and everybody in between have come together to produce a glimpse of what Haworth is to them. The work is assembled as a montage affixed to the gable-end of the Black Bull at the top of Main Street. The finished piece will be illuminated from 8.00-11.00 p.m. by an internationally-acclaimed lighting-designer and the frame-work has been constructed by local craftsmen/builders, who donated their time for free.

The finished work will be dismantled on 10th September and the individual canvasses become the property of the individuals that created them.

A number of the finished canvasses will be donated for auction at the Black Bull on 12th September at 6pm. The proceeds will go to the P.D.S.A, Riding for the Disabled and Vets International.”

Update 26th September 2007
This is simply to say “Thank you” to all who made the art installation at the Black Bull at the top of Haworth’s Main Street such an incredible success. We have been involved in many community art projects over the years but this was on our own doorstep…. and it has proven to be the very best.

We received a ‘Community Champions’ grant from the Scarman Trust for £1,833 to cover the purchase cost of materials, distribution and launch. We spent £2,130 ish ….. but… such is life!

Our design was based around a frame-work built by local builders ... but a sudden rush of emergency work meant that they were unavailable so we had to design and build the frame-work ourselves. Of the 100 canvasses given out, 98 were returned. This represents our highest ever success rate. The installation was never intended to be illuminated at night as this would be be cost-prohibitive, but, out of the blue, we received an offer from an internationally renowned lighting designer to illuminate it for free if we did the donkey-work. An offer that could not be refused !

90 exhibitors agreed to sell their canvasses for charity so we arranged an 'Auction Night'. By this time we had used up all of the grant but The 'Haworth Tea Rooms' and the 'Black Bull' came to the rescue by putting on a free buffet that would have satisfied the Biblical 5,000 and local businesses gave lots of prizes for a raffle. The auction night itself was almost beyond belief. The 90 works offered for sale raised over £1,550 for local charities Haworth Riding for the Disabled, Manorlands Hospice and the P.D.S.A.

In all over 250 local people were involved in the project and we have a list of over 150 individuals who wish to take part next year...should we be able to find funding. If we run our event before (or after) the summer school holidays, we can involve many more 'local' groups ... schools, scouts, brownies, etc ... what do you think? We have been overwhelmed by the support that we have received from the people of Haworth and really cannot thank you enough.

We LOVE this village. Chris & Sandra McCarthy

If you are able to help please Contact us on any of the following:
www.haworthartanddesign.com (opens in a new window).
mob: 0777 344 6030 mail@haworthartanddesign.com

Photos of the installation here...

360 degree view of the installation here...

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