Art& Introduce Exciting New Show

1st August 2017

Art&, Art Show Yorkshire, York UK, What's On


If you haven’t been to Art& Show on the Knavesmire (formally The Art Market), then make this year your year. The Art& show is freshly branded, improved and developed to be the major art show in Yorkshire, on 27 – 29 October.

Art& is a real labour of love and a huge celebration of the true artists living in the UK today, the type who work from abandoned mills and atop mountains, once a year they come together and create the North’s most significant show of its type. Last year saw approximately 120 exhibition stands plus demonstrations, interactive areas, cutting edge installation, live music, artist talks and a RAW Talent area.

11am – Mixed Media Embroidery with Jessica Grady.

A taster embroidery workshop on how to use a variety of mixed media materials such as plumbing tube, painted washers and recycled packaging to make contemporary beads and sequins for creating interesting textile surfaces. 

1pm – Portrait Illustration with Buttercrumble:

Find your illustrative style and create a portrait that captures your personality on paper. You will be invited to experiment with line, colour and pattern exploring the capability of the medium and explore the infinitive ways we can draw facial features.

3pm – Surface Decoration in Clay with Emily Stubbs

Try your hand at creating a decorative clay tile. Explore colour, line and texture through traditional decorating techniques such as stencilling, monoprinting, sgraffito, slip trailing and relief work.


Clay Demonstrations with live music take place daily upstairs on the mezzanine level. Listen to live music and watch amazing sculptures, vessels and surfaces being created out of clay from a variety of ceramic artists taking part in the show. Featuring: Artists Hannah Staniforth, Meghan Downs, Nigel Hoyle (Scipelei Ceramics), Victoria Dawes & Christine Pike and musicians including the Graham Browning Trio.

Take a seat, relax and watch with amazement as you see what they can create from clay. 10:30am – 11:30am & 2pm – 3:30pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Talk About Clay:

Daily talks from experts in their field about the different ways in which clay affects and influences our lives: Daily at 1pm – upstairs on the mezzanine level. Each will be approximately 30mins with Q&A at the end.

Friday @ 1pm – David Roberts – internationally renowned and respected potter, David Roberts is a Yorkshire based artist who creates large scale dramatic vessels which are held in collections across the world. David will talk about his work, processes and inspirations. Saturday @ 1pm - “Pots of Wellbeing” Fiona Green, Collection Facilitator for Art, CoCA, York Art Gallery, talks about how to use public ceramics collections for the education, enjoyment and wellbeing of the 21st century visitor. Sunday @ 1pm “W.A. Ismay’s Yorkshire Tea Ceremony” Helen Walsh, Curator of Ceramics, CoCA, York Art Gallery, explains how collector Bill Ismay created and used his collection of post-war British studio pottery.

SPECIAL GUEST: Saturday Only 4pm – 5pm hear James Oughtibridge talk about the making and processes behind his newest work whilst he demonstrates slab building.

James is one of the most talented ceramic sculptors in the country. Based at the Sculpture Lounge Studio’s in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, James is constantly inspired by the landscape and nature around him. “I’ll talk about my most recent work, large scale spherical enclosed forms. They invite a fluid touch that flows around the entire form. The concave and convex shapes create movement within a still piece. These imposing sculptures contain a solidity that reflects natural forms, such as bone fragments and rock formations. With no entry or exit they exist in themselves as striking sculptures, different from every angle, and every light condition.”


Watch the progress of a piece of work being created in a day in Zone One.

Friday: watch figurative animal sculptor Brendan Hesmondhalgh create an animal out of clay in a day. Brendan will demonstrate the method of slab building in clay and expressing the unique qualities of this medium. Brendan will be open to answer questions throughout the demo.

Saturday: watch tailoress Pam Robinson create a dress in a day. From cutting out, to the first fitting and on to the finished, fully lined dress….watch the whole thing come together. Overnight the dress will be pressed and co-organizer Victoria Robinson will wear it the next day at the show.

If people are interested in applying to be a part of this exciting show and have the opportunity to sell your wares to the thousands of people that come to the show then click here. If you simply want to get tickets for the event then click here.

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