New Gallery, Events and Activity Space for Huddersfield

Anyone who has wondered what is taking place in the old Jewellers shop at the entrance to Huddersfield’s Packhorse Shopping Centre can find out at the official opening on Thursday 15 June at 6pm.


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What’s the secret?

For the last three weeks, curious shoppers in Huddersfield have been pausing to look in the windows of 21 Market Place. With lots to catch their eye from a collection of artist’s tools and found objects to artwork including a handmade blue and white banner featuring a quote from Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner.

Who’s funding the space, and is the project trying to achieve?

The group received 8K from the Huddersfield District Committee, as part of a number of activities the committee has funded to increase vibrancy in the town and bring empty shops back to life.

What’s the first activity taking place?

The first activity in the new gallery has been a two week collective residency, where seven members of The Making Space have created new artworks using materials left behind in the shop by previous tenants, including dozens of plastic hoops for displaying watch straps, unused till rolls, and piles of empty boxes for jewellery.

What did our helpers say?

Helen Williamson, who created one of the window displays said:

“When we got in it was an Aladdin’s cave of unusual packaging. We wanted to make use of it, not just throw it away. The space has been transformed quickly with the members working together in the shop for at least seven hours each over twelve days. All the work is a response to the space and to Huddersfield, both the town and the town centre. And the football team!”

Rachael Walker, another member added:

“The shop is a lot bigger than it looks from the outside. We hope people will come along to the opening of the space, join in with some making and have a chat with us about their ideas for making use of it.”

It’s not just for events and exhibitions…

As well as events and exhibitions by The Making Space, the new venue is open for other artists, musicians, crafts-people and community groups to use.

Come on down to use the space:

The Collective Residency Exhibition opens on Thursday 15 June at 6pm, and continues Friday and Saturday, 11am-3pm.


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