As the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival has grown each year in scope and content, so has the art exhibition, an integral part of the main festival weekend. Starting three years ago with work from one art group based in Dolcliffe Hall in the town of Mexborough, it was expanded by invitation last year to a second art group in the neighbouring town of Wath-upon-Dearne. This year, the exhibition casts its net wider to include a third group based in Conisbrough, a town Hughes knew from his frequent visits to Crookhill Hall, a favourite fishing spot. By special invitation, the Rotherham Society of Artists are also contributing works this year, which will further increase the breadth and value of images contributing to the festival’s total experience.

This year’s exhibition theme is ‘Transformation’, a fascinating device for sparking images in the artists’ minds which should result in some intriguing works.

Everyone viewing the exhibition this year will be asked to select their three favourite works, and the most popular three will receive a cash prize!

The exhibition can viewed in the main hall of Mexborough Business Centre, College Road, Mexborough, S64 9JP, on the evening of Friday 23 June (from 6pm) and during the morning and afternoon of Saturday 24 June (11am – 6pm).

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