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.

  • Free, family friendly activities at Selby Library this summer

    Free, family friendly drawing activities at Selby Library this summer

    As Truth and Fantasy moves to Selby Library this August, join us for some fantastic drawing activities with exhibition artists Penny Davenport and Simon Woolham.

    Our first official day is Saturday 4th August but you can come in for early inspiration from 2pm on Friday 3rd. Penny Davenport will be in the library both days (2-5pm on Friday and 10-12 on Saturday) to encourage you to pick up a pencil and draw. Her own work draws from observation and imagination, featuring engaging animal-like figures but you can let your pencil (or pen, or graphite stick, or pastel) go wherever you want it to!

    Simon Woolham will be in the library on Friday 31st August 10-4 and Saturday 1st September 10-12, celebrating the end of the school holidays. Simon’s work takes its inspiration from the memories people recount of places and events significant to them: his workshop “Exploring and Excavating Histories” will use rubbings of textures within the library to create a large composite ‘image’ of the library.

    Both workshops are free, suitable for all ages and you don’t need to book- drop in for an hour or several, it’s up to you. If you need any further information you can email us or contact Selby Library 


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  • Penny Davenport at North Bridlington Library

    We had a fantastic time last month when Penny Davenport, whose work features in Truth and Fantasy, came from her home in Liverpool to Bridlington to encourage people to draw. In fact, the feedback was so positive we invited Penny to come back to Brid in half term. On Thursday 31 May Penny will be working with one of the groups that uses the library regularly and on Friday 1 June she’ll be in the library from 10 til 2 to chat to visitors and get them drawing. The session is not about teaching you how to draw, but encouraging you to put pen/pencil/charcoal/graphite/pastel to paper and see where your imagination takes you. Penny particularly encouraged people to work collaboratively with friends and family to add to each drawings and make new drawings that bring ideas to life. Just come along on Friday 1st June, anytime between 10 and 2 to North Bridlington Library. It’s free to take part and you can stay for as long as you want.

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  • Bubble Machine!

    On Sunday 25th March celebrate the end of our Marvellous Mechanicals tour with an extra day of opening at Platform Gallery, Clitheroe and make a kinetic Bubble Machine with Martin Smith!

    Clitheroe is holding its ArtWalk event on Sunday 25 March and Platform Gallery is taking part, open 11-4.  We’re delighted that Marvellous Mechanicals artist Martin Smith is running a fantastic workshop where you can make a kinetic sculpture. The workshop is  FREE and family friendly, suitable for children 8+. The workshop runs twice at 12-1:30 and 2- 3:30- call Platform Gallery on 01200 425566 and don’t forget to tell us which workshop you’d like to come to.

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  • New exhibition Truth and Fantasy- workshops coming soon at Craven Museum & Gallery!

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  • Free Marvellously Mechanical workshops this half term at Platform Gallery, Clitheroe!

    Free Marvellously Mechanical workshops this half term at Platform Gallery, Clitheroe!

    Free Workshops for Half Term at Platform Gallery, Clitheroe

    Come along to some fantastic family friendly workshops at Platform Gallery this February Half Term. On Tuesday 13th, 10.30-12.30 you can make a wire Talking Head with Nik Ramage  and on Friday 16th, 2-4:30 it’s Afternoon Anemometer with Jim Bond.

    Both workshops are FREE to take part in but places are limited so to book a space call Platform Gallery on 01200 425566.

    Workshops take place in the Half Term holiday for North Yorkshire and Lancashire. We’re sorry if this doesn’t coincide with your half term break but visit us again or join our mailing list to receive information about future events.  There’s plenty to look at and touch in Marvellous Mechanicals: 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.






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  • 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


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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.


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  • 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]



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