Creative Craven on Show this Christmas - Press Release

Craven Arts is celebrating the holiday season with a showcase of local creativity. A Christmas Exhibition featuring works by the rapidly growing Skipton-based charity will be displayed at Skipton Town Hall, featuring the work of more than 40 local artists.

Many of the artists will also be providing live demonstrations and artist talks. It’s a testament to the wide-ranging creativity of this area that the show will feature paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramic art, textile art, prints, and fashion design. The artwork will be available to buy.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 11th November to Saturday 23rd December 2017 in the Exhibition Gallery at Skipton Town Hall. It is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and will also be open on Christmas market Sundays. Entry is free.

Craven Arts founder Ms. Virpi Kettu is an animation artist whose work includes ‘Wallace and Gromit’ and popular music videos such as Radiohead’s ‘Burn the Witch.’ She explains:

“We founded the organization in 2016 and we are delighted that membership has more than doubled this year. We were inundated with applications from talented local artists and an independent panel of curators selected 42 artists to showcase their work. We are excited to connect the creative people and their audiences in the Craven area.”

Megan Hickes, Project Officer based at Skipton Town Hall said “We’re delighted to once again collaborate with Craven Arts and to play a part in showcasing and celebrating a brilliant and diverse collection of artwork from our local area.

In addition to the main exhibition, Craven Arts is offering two extra events, both free of charge. On Saturday November 11th, Craven Arts members will be hosting a day of creative displays and small pop-in workshops in the gallery space at Skipton Town Hall. 10am till 4pm. Entry is free.

On Sunday November 12th, 6 artists will be giving short talks about their work, presenting a fun opportunity to meet local artists and learn about the artistic process. That event will take place at the Narrow Boat between 6pm and 8pm.

“These extra events are an important part of our mission,” says Ms. Kettu. “We are passionate about art and creativity locally and we are looking forward to sharing that passion with the Craven communities.”

Craven Arts is a registered charity promoting creativity and artist connectivity in Craven are and within a 20-mile radius of Skipton. The CRAVEN ARTS CHARITABLE TRUST (registered charity number 1172218) now has over 50 members. More information about the artists and events is available at


Please contact Virpi Kettu

07501 296 223

Artists are available for interview.



Craven Arts is a new artist-led organisation formed by a group of highly committed and experienced artists who live and work in the Craven area and 20 miles radius from Skipton.

Our aim is to create a Centre for Contemporary Visual Arts in Skipton where we can offer affordable studio and workshop spaces for local artist to create artwork; develop artistic skills and make a livelihood as an artist.

In tandem we will provide opportunities for the Craven communities to meet and connect with artists; participate in workshops and see exhibitions by Craven's established and emerging visual artists.

By providing arts facilities for creation, professional development, education and training we will make Craven a better place to live both culturally and economically.

Craven Arts is managed by a board of Trustees and is a registered charity The CRAVEN ARTS CHARITABLE TRUST (registered charity number 1172218)

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