Exhibition of works inspired by bike race

Bespoke art nod to tour

Janice Illingworth, left, and Michele Russell look at The Smoker by Sam Shendi, who also created the piece, right, entitled Aphrodite

American-born British artist Judy Sale, with one of the pieces in her Make Room For The Bike collection, spired by the Grand Depart

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Worth Valley visitors and residents alike are being invited to take a trip to ‘the Other Side’.

They can get an alternative view of the region’s culture by visiting an exhibition at a Haworth gallery.

The Other Side showcases the work of four internationally-acclaimed artists from around the Yorkshire route of the Tour de France.

It aims to highlight 21st-century Brontëland creativity rather than the traditional view of landscapes and literature.

The Other Side is at the Dam-side Gallery in Jacobs Lane, and has been organised under the banner of Worth the Tour as part of the Yorkshire Festival Fringe.

A spokesman said: “The ‘other side’ of the Worth Valley’s creativity is different to the familiar picture postcard Brontë landscapes and traditional Olde Worlde Haworth depictions.

“Instead of looking nostalgically into the past, this exhibition is facing forward with a 21st-century vision, flavoured by the global perspectives of the individual artists.”

The exhibitors include Egyptian-born Sam Shendi, an internationally-renowned sculptor living and working in Silsden. Award-winning Sam, who creates joyously colourful abstractions of the human figure, will be showing new and recent sprayed metal sculptures, including The Kiss.

Judy Sale is a professional American-born British artist living and working in Haworth, who works in mixed media on canvas and often includes memorabilia from her travels.

She has created new works for the Damside exhibition, collectively called Make Room For The Bike, celebrating Le Tour and extolling the virtues of the bike as an ecological, economic and fun mode of travel. Haworth-born photo artist Jo Holland creates photographic prints without a camera, achieving haunting and ethereal pieces with beautiful definition and detail.

After exhibiting her work nationally and internationally, she has unveiled new limited edition prints at Damside.

Damside gallery owner, Anthony Hartley, who is known for bold and colourful contemporary designs, will display innovative furniture pieces.

He is inspired by his endless curiosity about design, architecture, engineering and art, and his work has featured in international editions of leading design and interiors magazines.

Anthony said the Worth Valley had a long history of creativity in manufacturing, design and art.

He added: “We are proud to be a continuing part of this and to offer a new space for a more contemporary creative perspective than the traditional and pastoral arts and crafts most often associated with our area.”

Damside Mill is a furniture workshop, studio and gallery off Lees Lane in Haworth, and is open Thursdays to Sundays from 10am to 4.30pm.

The exhibition will run until July 6, the day the Tour’s Grand Depart travels through Haworth.

Visit damsidemill.com or call 07758 779183 for details.

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