ORGANISERS of an art exhibition due to take place in Silsden next year say a wide range of artists and photographers are already signed up to take part - but there is still room for more.

Silsden in Art is due to take place at the town hall over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Colin Neville of the planning committee, said there was an open invitation for artists and photographers of all ages and abilities to reserve a place at the show.

He said: "Some very attractive and interesting work will be displayed next year, including atmospheric photographs and striking paintings that will encourage visitors to look at familiar scenes with new eyes.

"An earlier appeal has unearthed some interesting examples of early 20th century paintings, drawings, and even a 1930s needlework illustration. So we would also be interested to hear from anyone with an old artwork illustrating a Silsden town or countryside scene. These would be display safely in a secure part of the town hall and given the careful handling that they deserve."

One of the old paintings recently discovered was by Silsden artist, Joseph West, of the Horn Crag Quarry, recently the subject of a campaign to conserve its wild status as a habitat and haven for wild life. ‘This is one of eight paintings of local scenes by West that we hope to show next year," said Colin.

Silsden in Art will be held on March 30 Easter Saturday and Sunday March 31. A commemorative book is in preparation featuring many of the artworks.

Colin added: ‘There is no charge for displaying work, although we would ask that any exhibitor selling work donates 20 per cent of the selling price to support the community-managed Silsden Town Hall.’

Colin Neville can be contacted at