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
BUBBLE MACHINE WORKSHOP
Friday 2nd June 2017, 1-3pm
The Art Depot, Eshton Road, Gargrave
Renowned automata artist Martin Smith makes kinetic devices, often with a humorous element. Martin will lead a Bubble Machine workshop, suitable for families.
- Artist talk this Friday in Scarborough
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 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.
- 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 chance 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
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
Contact [email protected] or call 01756 706407 to book a place.
- Meet Davy and Kristin McGuire at Woodend in Scarborough
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
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 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 Accrington
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 Pocklington
Artist talk with Bronwen Sleigh in Barrowford
Follow the Pendle Print Trail and make a book in Barrowford (with Anita Burrows)