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Monday 27 June 2011

    Visual Arts in Craven

Whether you're a visitor or a resident, you might be interested in the Visual arts calendar - these are some of the visual arts events that happen annually here in Craven:

·       Changing exhibition programme of visual art throughout the year at the Linton Court Gallery, Settle
·       Changing exhibition programme throughout the year at The Folly, Settle
·       North Yorkshire Open Studios . A free event that combines culture with an opportunity to meet the artists, breathtaking views and a chance to hone your navigation skills. Every June.
·       Grassington Festival has a visual arts element to it – Art and About - Every June
·       Art in the Pen Held at Skipton’s Cattle Market, this unique event showcases artists from all over the country offering a wide range of work for sale. Every August.
·       Contemporary Craven Christmas Annual selling exhibition of contemporary work made by artists and makers living and/or working in Craven. See  for more details. Late October – December every year at Craven Museum & Gallery. Admission free.
·       The Spiral Gallery Originally based in Settle, The Spiral retains an online presence
·       Gallery on the Green – phone box as art gallery in Settle
For professional artists/makers
Art Connections is a Chrysalis Arts project that aims to support and promote professional artists, makers and other creative businesses based in York and North Yorkshire. They provide a range of services for artists at different stages in their careers, and promote the work of York and North Yorkshire artists through an online Artists Database, which aims to showcase the quality and diversity of work to be found in the county, and to provide a resource for galleries, commissioners, collectors and art buyers.  There is also a free bi-monthly artists e-newsletter. See  for more details.
Public art
Chrysalis Arts is an artist-led public art company, training and arts development agency based in Gargrave. It is always worth checking Chrysalis Arts’ website to see if there are any temporary public art installations or other events of interest being organised by them
Permanent installations within Craven:
- 2000 Millennium stone carving commission by artist stonecarver Fiona Bowley near the entrance to the church at Clapham (within the national park). Below is the guide to the carving - take it with you when you visit, to get the most from the carving.

1.         John de Clapham, supporter of the Earl of Warwick, owner of Clapdale Castle
2.         Arnold Brown with candlestick to illuminate the caves
3.         12th Century monks (monks travelled to the Lake District along ‘Ecclesia’, now Eggshell Lane)
4.         ‘Dalesman’ gate
5.         The village hall
6.         Hall Garth and tree with lights at Christmas
7.         Three of the bridges over the beck
8.         Miss Hazard’s ducks
9.         St James’s Church
10.    Dame Alice Ketyll (witch) and nine dead cockerels

·       2000 Millennium stone carving commission by artist stonecarver Fiona Bowley around the village clock at Thornton in Craven.
·       Bus terminal Grassington designed by Chrysalis Arts, architects Wales, Wales & Rawson, RIBA Award winner
·       Andy Goldsworthy sandstone arch, part of the Sheepfolds project.
·       2010 Freddie Trueman statue by Graham Ibbeson at Canal Basin, Skipton. 
Also see the UK Inventory of War Memorials for other public art work and for sites of archaeological interest.
Interested in making art/craft yourself?
View the Things to do on a Rainy Day in Skipton on this website - there's a list of shops in Skipton which can supply you with creative ideas and materials which may be of interest. Shops in other locations will be added soon.
Craven District Council supports the visual arts through:

·       The annual Contemporary Craven Christmas exhibition held at Craven Museum & Gallery, Town Hall Skipton. This exhibition showcases 50+ professional artists and makers, all of whom either live and/or work in Craven. There is a selection process to be included in the exhibition and schools/colleges also regularly visit this show – more details are available from the Arts & Exhibitions Officer (see below). Also see If you wish to find out more about a particular artist based in Craven, please contact the Arts & Exhibitions Officer.

·       Public art projects. The Council is currently integrating Sustainable Art & Design in the Public Realm guidelines into its planning policies to enable more public art work to be developed within the district. Please see below for information about what already exists.
·       The Craven Events website publicises all arts events happening within Craven. The accompanying Craven Events leaflet is published three times a year – pick up a free copy at the museum.
·       The Craven District Council’s Arts & Exhibitions Officer, Catherine Johnson curates the Contemporary Craven Christmas exhibition and assists visual artists based within Craven, as well as supporting arts development in all art forms across Craven. Email  or telephone 01756 706408.

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