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Art in the Pen Development

Where is the project? 

Skipton Auction Mart, Skipton, Craven.

About the LEADER Area / Local Action Group

The Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme has been set up to address the challenges associated with ‘rurality’ within the Yorkshire Dales.

The Local Action Group (LAG) is a multi-agency partnership which brings together representatives from voluntary sector organisations, public bodies and private businesses working in the Yorkshire Dales LEADER area.

Support is awarded by the LAG for projects which are community driven and wide-benefiting.

What is the project? 

Launched in 2006, “Art in the Pen”, is an exhibition of Modern & Contemporary art by regional, national and international artists. The exhibition presents art work in an unusual space which is outside that of a traditional arts space.  2010 sees the development of ‘Cafe Artistique’ seminars and an Arts Debate that will take place during Art in the Pen.

(customers at Art in the Pen)

Cafe Artistique seminars will draw upon notable guest speakers and artists to use these opportunities as a platform for their work and ideas. Aimed at those with a keen interest in art from professional artists, writers and researchers it will offer a relaxed and informal opportunity for art lovers and enthusiasts to take part in lively conversation and inspirational debate on key arts issues.

The Art Debate is an opportunity to discuss art issues and potentially raise wider questions on a rural/urban theme. These panel discussions are an opportunity to explore the key issues raised by the exhibition in the wider context of contemporary practice in rural areas and open a debate around ‘art & agriculture’ and ‘art in the rural context’ offering direct benefits for artists who are based in rural locations.

Who’s involved in the project?

Art in the Pen is administered and promoted by The Mart Theatre which is part of Craven Rural & Business Skills.

Yorkshire Forward (Defra/EU)

How does it support the community? 

Art in the Pen will help promote local artists nationally and internationally by raising media and public awareness that will attract new markets for their work.

It will also offer a platform for artistic development in the area as well as offering local artists the opportunity to network and discuss their work. It will stimulate debate about contemporary art with a programme of inspirational speakers. 

How much grant did you receive from the LEADER Programme?

The Mart Theatre received £14,188 over three years.


Local Action Group
Rima Berry
Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust
Tel. 015242 51002

Project Contact
Anthea Rathlin-Jones
Arts Development, Programme & Events Director
Tel. 01756 709666