Artist falls in love with ‘Slawit’ on search for Pennine beauty

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renowned artist Angela Smyth has created a new work to encourage visitors to seek the hidden treasures of the South Pennines.

The ten foot map, painted in the Halifax-born artist’s trademark style, captures the character of the South Pennines, which straddles the West Yorkshire/Lancashire border and includes Hebden Bridge, Holmfirth, Haworth and Todmorden, among other towns and villages.

It took six months to complete in the artist’s Sowerby Bridge studio after being commissioned by regeneration company Pennine Prospects.

The original artwork is being made into a series of enormous canvases and foldable, A1 maps for use in tourist information centres.

It has also been turned into a mosaic, which will soon adorn the exterior of the Hebden Bridge Visitor and Canal Centre.

Smyth said: “This project was a joy to work on. I was given complete creative freedom, which is extremely rare, and a real show of faith from Pennine Prospects.

“The result is certainly not a map in the traditional sense, and it wouldn’t pass muster with Ordnance Survey. It’s my own interpretation of this fabulous area, a reflection of the things I find inspiring.

“I discovered lots of new things about the South Pennines during my research for the project. My favourite place turned out to be Slaithwaite in the Colne Valley. I fell a little in love with it when I was doing the research.”

andrew.robinson1@ypn.co.uk