BBC art show winner to deliver painting challenge in Halifax

The winner of the BBC One’s TV painting competition ‘The Big Painting Challenge’ is set to deliver an exciting painting challenge of her own at a Halifax art school.

Suman Kaur, who was crowned winner of the show in 2017, is working with Artworks, an art school, gallery space and artist studios based in Halifax, to deliver the six-week course designed to help participants develop their painting skills. Starting on the 31 October, the course will feature a new challenge each week, including still life, portraits, landscape and life drawing.

Suman will also deliver a one-off life drawing workshop on 5 November that will focus on the drapery of clothing on the human figure, rather than the nude form.

Suman, a Leeds-based artist, specialises in portraiture and figurative work. Alongside her win on The Big Painting Challenge, she is also a Royal Scholar under the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship trust and her works have featured within numerous exhibitions, including Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Patchings Art Festival and Cass Art – Artist of the Year Exhibition. She has also had work permanently acquired by Leeds Art Galleries and Museums.


Artist, Suman Kaur, said:

 “I’m thrilled to be working with Artworks to deliver this exciting new painting course. My experience on The Big Painting Challenge was life changing. The support and feedback I received throughout my journey on the show really helped me to develop my skills and confidence and take my painting to the next level. I’m looking forward to helping others experience the joy of painting and develop their own unique style through this course.”

Artworks is also known as the ‘The Everybody School of Art’ due to its ethos of inclusivity, no matter a person’s age, background or ability. The organisation delivers a varied programme of courses and workshops throughout year to enable people from all walks of life to experience the benefits of art and creativity.

Artworks Director, Lauren Iredale, said:

“We’re so excited to welcome the fantastic Suman to our Artist Educator team.  This painting challenge is the perfect accompaniment to our existing programme of courses and workshops.

Students can have fun with the themed challenges in a relaxed and supportive environment while also being able to call on Suman’s expertise to further develop their painting skills. We can’t wait to see how our students blossom under her tutelage.”

Places for Suman’s 6-week Painting Challenge and one-off Drapery Life Drawing workshop are now available to book on Artworks website:

Cash for your Cause and more opportunities from CalderdaleCreates

CalderdaleCreates the cultural partnership for Calderdale are really excited to announce a series of network and training events that will be happening across Calderdale.

Cash For Your Cause – Square Chapel Centre For the Arts
November 15th or 16th 9:30 – 16:30

Cash For Your Cause – Download PDF

Booking Essential – Booking Deadline November 5th

Link to join the mailing list:

Main Programme: November 1st

CalderdaleCreates Launches new Training & Events programme. The key partnership for culture in Calderdale is excited to announce a new series of network events & industry training events that is live from September onwards. The events and training specifically cater to the sector in Calderdale coming out the priorities identified in the cultural strategy ‘Where Creativity Flows’ and link in with the Culturedale brand.

Full programme.

Launch Event:

CalderdaleCreates in discussion with Martin Sutherland OBE the road to Calderdale Year of Culture 2024

If you’re a creative professional, living in or working in Calderdale come along to the launch of the CalderdaleCreates network on Tuesday 1st November at Artworks The EveryBody School of Art 2pm – 5pm for the chance to network and shape the future of culture in the borough. Keynote Speaker Martin Sutherland OBE, CEO Coventry City of Culture 2021

Full Detail:


Refugee Week 20-26 June 2022 : Events Near You

This Year’s Refugee Week theme is Healing.


Please take a look at the following Refugee Week events happening near you. There are all week long events, online events and localised events to take place.

Full List of Refugee Week 2022 events

Local Refugee Week events

  • Friday June 17th: Football Match at Beech Hill
    Come see St Augustine’s team go head to head with Halifax Friendly to… kick off Refugee Week!!
  • Monday June 20th
    Refugee Week Launch: Online
    Join on Zoom:
  • Tuesday 21 June, 12 noon – 1 pm
    Story About Africa Refugees
    St. Augustine’s Centre, Halifax
    Light Up BAHC invite you to hear stories and learn about issues facing refugees from Africa.
  • Thursday June 23, 11am – 2pm
  • St. Augustine’s Open Day
    St. Augustine’s Centre, Halifax
    Come and find out more about what St. Augustine’s do and enjoy delicious food from around the world!


Join the Healthy Minds Art Group and create your own story

The Healthy Minds Art Group is a twelve week project which will offer a series of free workshops to explore a range of visual art techniques from drawing, collage, printmaking, painting to create your own story.

You need not have any previous experience of art as this project is open to people of all abilities and each 3 hour session will take place at The Artworks at Shaw Lodge, Halifax. The sessions will take place on Friday afternoons from February through to April.

Places on the course will be limited, therefore booking is essential – but we are seeking people who would be willing to commit themselves to the whole course.

For more information & to book call Dianne on 01422 345154 or email

September Courses for Adults at The Artworks

WEA LogoGet involved with courses at The Artworks to share your curiosity, ideas and creativity with others starting on the following dates:

  • Painting into Abstraction – Thursday 15 September
  • Drawing for Beginners & Improvers – Monday 19 September
  • Introduction to Printmaking – Tuesday 20 September

Courses take place during the day at The Artworks, Shaw Lodge Mills, Shaw Lane, HX3 9ET.

Course fees cost £70 for 21 hours over ten sessions but if you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to a FREE course. For more information about the courses, fees and to book a place contact Karen Potter on 0113 245 3304 or email

The Artworks Adults Course Programme 2016

The Artworks champion the Art School tradition for invention, opportunity and creativity, welcoming people from all walks of life to learn to think through their hands. Our experienced artist tutors provide quality and accessible arts provision for all.

Get involved in the following courses:

Beginners Ceramics
Wednesdays 1pm – 3:30pm
24 February – 23 March
5 Week Course | £100

Improvers Ceramics
Mondays 1pm – 3:30pm
22 February – 21 March
5 Week Course | £100

Learn To Draw – Beginners
Wednesdays 11am – 1pm
13 April – 22 June
5 Week Course | £100

Learn To Draw – Improvers
Wednesdays 10am – 12pm
13 April – 22 June
5 Week Course | £100

Life Drawing
Thursdays 6pm – 9pm
14 April – 23 June
5 Week Course | £150

Intermediate Digital Photography
Tuesdays 6pm – 8pm
1 March – 19 April
5 Week Course | £120

Get to Know Your Digital Camera
Wednesdays 6pm – 8pm
2 March – 20 April
5 Week Course | £120

Learn To Paint
Tuesdays 6pm – 8pm
12 April – 21 June
10 Week Course | £125

For information or to book visit

Refugee Week Calderdale: ArteLibre

Refugee Week Calderdale are launching a new creative arts programme called ‘ArteLibre’ and they are looking for people from the HX1 area and refugees in Calderdale to take part.

ArteLibre is a set of four, six week, FREE art workshops exploring the subject of Freedom through a series of exciting and challenging experimental art practices such as drawing, painting, photography and other forms of art.

Starting Friday 18 September 2015 from 1pm to 3pm at the Artworks and will continue every Friday until June 2016.

They are looking for people with a genuine interest in art, and a willingness to participate in all the workshops with an open and creative mind.

For an application form to register your interest please email or call Kate on 01422 399520.