Spotlight on Artworks

Spotlight on Artworks


Venue Name: Shaw Lodge Mills

Tell us about your building:

Artworks, the Everybody School of Art, champions the value of art and creativity in everyday life. We are an independent arts organisation, based in the Grade II listed Shaw Lodge Mills in Halifax. Our facilities include an art school, gallery and artist studios. We deliver courses and workshops across a wide range of artistic disciplines, for people of all ages and from all walks of life.

We believe that opportunity and engagement with art can make things better for everyone and should be available to all.

Our time, space and resources are dedicated to supporting the development of a thriving creative community where everyone is welcome.

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 ‘I bet you didn’t know’ fact:

We are occupying the oldest part of Shaw Lodge mills which dates back to 1830. This date is printed on the structural beams you find on each floor. It was the firm of John Holdsworth & Company who built our mill. They specialised in worsted cloth, originally produced by hand loom weavers. Developments in mechanised spinning led John Holdsworth to establish his own spinning mill to join the growing number of worsted spinning mills in Halifax. In 1825 he purchased land at Shaw Lodge and his first mill on the site became ‘No 1 Mill’ The home of Artworks today.

Your favourite person associated with the building:

We are delighted to have Sir Quentin Blake CBE as the principal Patron of our Everybody School of Art, here in Halifax.

“Over the years I have come to learn the power of drawing and the surprising effect it can have: on morale, judgement, mental health and our general wellbeing. Many people are not aware of this, but The Artworks wonderfully does, and is brilliant at putting the knowledge into action for the benefit of everybody. It’s a privilege to be associated with such an energetic and inspiring institution.”-Sir Quentin Blake CBE

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