For a day out with a difference come and join us at one of our Art Unpacked events. You can unleash your creativity at a hands-on workshop or get a unique insight into the artists and their creative processes at one of our talks. We’re currently planning talks and workshops as part of our new series of exhibitions so sign up to our newsletter at the top of this page to be the first to hear about all our events.

Please get in touch if your school would like to visit one of the exhibitions for a tour and talk, or other bespoke activities.

  • Workshops coming soon at Platform Gallery!

    Marvellous Mechanicals is moving to Platform Gallery soon!

    Workshops in 2018 at Platform Gallery

    There’s plenty to look at and touch in the exhibition: drum along with Nik Ramage’s ‘Fingers’, look Jim Bond’s ‘I See You’ in the eye , feed Martin Smith’s ‘The Cache Machine’ with two pence pieces and draw your own imaginary marvellous machines.

    We’ll be holding family friendly workshops in the new year – check out our Facebook page or this website nearer the time for details






  • Make a Bubble Machine with artist Martin Smith


    Friday 2nd June 2017, 1-3pm

    The Art Depot, Eshton Road, Gargrave

    Heart Beater

    Martin Smith- Heart Beater

    Renowned automata artist Martin Smith makes kinetic devices, often with a humorous element.  Martin will lead a Bubble Machine workshop, suitable for families.

    This event is part of North Yorkshire Open Studios– book by emailing [email protected] or calling 01756 748529. Cost: £10 family ticket


  • Artist talk this Friday in Scarborough

    Past events

    home-banner-003Join us this Friday lunchtime for a talk from Textil/Juvel artist Jessica Johannesson.

    Jessica will talk about her intricately knotted sculptural work, explaining the process and the ideas behind her work.

    We will also be joined by Katarina Karlsson, co-curator of the exhibition. Katarina is based at Konsthantverkscentrum, representing Swedish craft across the world.

    The talk takes place at Woodend in Scarborough, on Friday 18 March, 1pm. Please book by contacting Woodend Tel: 01723 384 500;  Email: [email protected]

    The cost is £5 and refreshments are available.

  • Our opening event in Accrington Library

    Textil/Juvel at Accrington Library

    Thanks for Accrington Library and  Lancashire County Council’s Arts Team for supporting the opening of Textil/ Juvel with a great opening event. We had puppetry, craft, singing, storytelling and reindeer herding calls, adding up to a wonderful insight into Scandinavian culture. Thanks to everyone who contributed, participated and attended. Look out for more events before the show moves on to Scarborough in February.

    Kersti Sabi

    Singer and Storyteller Kersti Sabi

    Dominic Kelly

    Storyteller Dominic Kelly

    Singing for the Soul

    Community Choir Singing for the Soul

    Horse and Bamboo

    Horse and Bamboo Puppet Theatre reading from the Moomins

    Cath Ford craft

    Cath Ford’s craft workshop

  • Next stop: Thirsk

    The Forest of Possibility

    Our current exhibition is taking a short break after a successful visit to Craven Museum & Gallery in Skipton. We’ve had lots of  positive comments about the exhibition- one visitor described Davy and Kristin McGuire’s film ‘The Paper Architect’ as “a stunningly moving animation. Beautiful.”

    If you missed it , we’re delighted that the organisers of  Skipton Puppet Festival got in touch to see if they could show the film at the festival, taking place 2nd-4th October this year.

    Other visitors have been entranced by the  intricate paper cut birds by Claire Brewster – and some got the chancCB workshop 2e to make their own artworks when they took part in a workshop led by Claire.

    The Forest of Possibility will be moving to its final stop on the tour next month, opening on Tuesday 4th August at The Courthouse, Thirsk. You can catch it there until the end of the month and if you’re inspired by the work on show, Claire will be visiting us again on Saturday 22 August – contact The Courthouse here to book a place as spaces are limited.


  • A talk about The Forest of Possibility- 1 June

    A talk about The Forest of Possibility with exhibition curator Natasha Howes

    Join us  at Craven Museum & Gallery, Skipton on Monday 1 June for a talk from exhibition curator Natasha Howes.

    Howes is a curator of contemporary art with over 17 years’ experience of working in major regional public galleries and on freelance projects. She is passionate about developing engaging contemporary art exhibitions which are accessible to all.

    For this exhibition, she has brought together seven artists whose work invites you to enter a world of extraordinary encounters with the forest, its ancient trees, animals and plants that inhabit it. The forest is a place of potential, where myths and fairytales are created. Sinister or enchanted, it is a space for the subconscious, for dreams or nightmares.

    Monday 1 June 7pm

    Alongside The Forest of Possibility you can also see an exhibition about the Magna Carta- currently celebrating its 800th anniversary- and linked with Skipton. Natasha’s talk will be followed at 8pm by a talk on this fascinating historical document.

    You don’t need to book for either talk but if you need more information please contact Craven Museum & Gallery on 01756 706407, or email [email protected]



  • Paper cutting with Claire Brewster
    Claire Brewster

    All Is Not Lost

    Join us on Saturday 13 June for a workshop with The Forest of Possibility artist Claire Brewster

    Claire Brewster is renowned for her intricate paper cuts of birds and wildlife, cut from old maps from around the world. On Saturday 13 June as part of Craven Museum and Gallery family fun day, we will be welcoming her to Skipton and you can join her for a hands on workshop. Suitable for adults and children aged 8 and up (up to 12yrs need to be accompanied by an adult), Claire will lead a two hour workshop to make paper cut artworks you can take home.

    There is a small charge (£2) to take part and you must book as places are limited.

    Saturday 13 June 2015, 12:30-2:30pm

    Craven Museum and Gallery, Skipton

    Contact [email protected] or call 01756 706407 to book a place.


  • Meet Davy and Kristin McGuire at Woodend in Scarborough

    Davy and Kristin McGuire

    On Tuesday 31st March we’re delighted to welcome Davy and Kristin McGuire to Woodend for a talk about their work.

    Recently returned from a sell out performance in Australia, they will talk about how they develop their intricate pieces which combine performance and paper into delicate and moving animations.

    At: Woodend, Scarborough

    The Crescent
    North Yorkshire
    YO11 2PW

    On: Tuesday 31st March, 1-2pm

    Cost: £5 including tea/coffee

    To book call 01723 384500 or email  [email protected]

  • A talk with Clare Skill

    Join us at 2pm on Saturday 14th February for a talk from artist Clare Skill

    Clare Skill

    Visitors to Abbey Walk Gallery looking at Clare Skill’s work. (Background shows The Wheel by James Aldridge)

    Clare is exhibiting her work, made from cut and painted paper, in The Forest of Possibility. She is currently working in a design studio on large scale  sculptural works, contrasting with the delicate miniaturised worlds she has created for this exhibition. As well as developing her own practice, Clare has also worked as studio assistant to both Justine Smith and Claire Brewster- also featured in the exhibition.

    Clare will talk about the development of her work and its influences. Tickets are £5 including coffee and cake and are available from Abbey Walk Gallery.



  • We hope you have enjoyed Art Unpacked events so far

    If you have attended a previous Art Unpacked event and haven’t already given us some feedback you can email us at [email protected] or you can fill in our feedback form here.

    If you haven’t been to an event but would like to find out more about future events, don’t forget to visit us again or join our mailing list from the home page.

    And if you’ve got ideas about the sort of activity you’d like- let us know! Are you interested in talks and demonstrations from artists? Or do you want to have a go yourself?

    Here’s what we’ve done so far: 

    Make a willow bowl with Joevanka Gregory in AccringtonAB workshop image small (2)

    Artist’s talks with Chris Keenan in Scarborough and Pateley Bridge

    Artist talk with Chris Agnew in Grimsby

    Braided jewellery workshops with Aimee Betts in Scarborough, Settle, Pateley Bri

    Printmaking workshops with Anita Burrows in Accrington

    Artist talk with Sharon Adams in Settle

    Expressive Willow talk and demonstration with Lizzie Farey in Thirsk

    Paper making with Corinne Young in Pocklingtonweaving bowls

    Artist talk with Bronwen Sleigh in Barrowford

    Follow the Pendle Print Trail and make a book in Barrowford (with Anita Burrows)