For most of its 27-year history, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival has delivered an annual summer programme of events comprising headline touring artists from across the spectrum and coproducing with local creatives.
In recent years, the organisation has been keen to grow towards year-round community-based work. Now, in 2021, following a fallow year to review and develop our future, we have made the move to transition Hebden Bridge Arts Festival to a socially engaged programme of activity, providing collaboration and participation in the arts.
Currently, Project Manager Clare Danon is leading on our latest venture Creative Neighbourhoods which brings together world-class artists with groups across Calderdale to creatively explore common themes.
Furthermore, from January 2022, our new Creative Producer will be managing an ambitious new artistic strategy to stage creative events, happenings, exhibitions and productions for local audiences and visitors to relish. Stay Tuned As We Share More Soon.
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival welcomes a new Creative Producer.
We are excited to announce the appointment of our new Creative Producer, Rebekah Fozard.
Rebekah will be joining the organisation with effect from January 2022. Her leadership will further solidify our new artistic direction with the focus on a year-round socially engaged programme of activity, providing community collaboration and participation in the arts.
Having spent the last 9 years as Manager at Hebden Bridge Picture House, and with a first career in law and more recent work as an independent consultant, Rebekah brings a wealth of experience, passion and skills in programming, fundraising and partnership work.
She said “I’m thrilled to be joining Hebden Bridge Arts Festival at such an exciting juncture, as the organisation forges important new connections and works across a wider geographical base. The Arts Festival is a wonderful resource for our community: over the past 12 years of living in Hebden Bridge, my family and I have enjoyed so many events and creative experiences offered by our Arts Festival. I’m looking forward to the many opportunities for inclusion-based programming, collaboration and co-creation that the Arts Festival will bring in 2022 and beyond.”
Our Creative Neighbourhoods Project gets a financial boost.
Our Board of Trustees have secured funding support from Calderdale Council, Arts Council England, Hebden Royd Town Council and Art Fund for the Creative Neighbourhoods project to continue throughout 2021/2022.
Project Manager, Clare Danon, continues to propel this venture which brings together exciting artists with 6 groups across Calderdale to creatively explore the environment, culminating in a public sharing of work.
Making and embedding new connections, this project celebrates culture made by people who do not self-identify as currently engaged with a formal ‘arts’ offer.
Any support that can be given is hugely appreciated as we depend on funding. The donations given go towards supporting a community-focused programme, creative development, and keeping the creative reputation of Hebden Bridge alive and kicking.