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Ilkley Creative Quarter to showcase art and creativity


Over 3 days in October, 17 venues around the Creative Quarter in Ilkley will be opening their doors to share their art and creativity.


‘After such a long period where it has been difficult to plan events, it is great to be working with this incredible range of creative talent to showcase their work’ said Sarah Thomas, Chair of Ilkley Manor House. ‘We hope that lots of local residents and visitors will enjoy exploring this beautiful part of the town and seeing the amazing skills and work available.’


The Manor House will be hosting the Dorothy Bradford exhibition – Rhythms of Life exhibition and the Solar Gallery will be displaying some beautiful artwork and contemporary crafts too.


Burnt Orchid will be operating a blacksmith’s forge in the Manor House courtyard over the weekend and Art School Ilkley will be running a range of pop-up art workshops too.


The Ilkley Arts studio will have a Pop-Up exhibition of Ilkley Arts members work and Dutton’s Wonderous Workshops will be showcasing some fantastic textile artists’ work. Yorkshire Flower essences will be opening their doors and you will be able to come and chat to interior designers, jewellers, textiles artists, metal workers and as well as screen printers. The newly opened Tinker Gallery will have an range of contemporary art to inspire and delight and the Art Shop opposite can supply all your creative needs as well as hosting an exhibition by Tracey Krupianka who will be running demonstrations too.


A little further down the A65 Little Beacon and Community Cutlery will be welcoming visitors with some demonstrations showing off their creative skills.


Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October, the venues all within a few minutes’ walk of Ilkley Manor House and will be open most days from 11am – 4pm. More detailed opening times and details about the venues plus a downloadable map can be found at www.discoverilkleyart.co.uk/ilkleycreativequarter


Printed leaflets with the map can also be picked up at the Visitor Information Centre, Ilkley Literature Festival venues and the Manor House as well as from all the participating venues.


‘We hope that everyone will enjoy exploring the work of some of the talent the town has to offer. As well as the venues there is a great array of independent cafes along the route too. Wonderful art and a good cup of coffee and food – a perfect day out’ added Sarah.


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