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Art in the Pen Thirsk

Art in the Pen

Art in the Pen is a well-established and highly regarded art and craft fair that runs each year in Thirsk and Skipton Auction Marts. From humble beginnings, the event has developed into what many now consider to be the North’s leading art event.


Back in 2005, Art in the Pen started out as a relatively small number of artists transforming cattle pens into galleries to sell their original work. The organic and informal nature of the event really captured the attention of visitors, who now return each year in increasing numbers. Today, Art in the Pen has flourished into a sprawling event, with an abundance of creativity and craftsmanship at every turn. The event organisers are pleased to confirm that Art in the Pen 2017 will showcase over 245 exhibitors. The Art Shop Skipton will also create a pop-up shop at both events as well as holding free art demonstrations throughout the Skipton event.

For the past several years, Art in the Pen has received an overwhelming number of applications from artists and craft makers. Choosing the successful artists this year was a particularly daunting task for their selection panel but they are excited to present a wide range of work, from fine and contemporary art to ceramics, jewellery, textiles, wood, metalwork and more. If you’d like to see all of the diverse talent that will be on display, visit the website at

The continued success of Art in the Pen is partly down to its relaxed and friendly environment, says Andy Lynan, the Creative Director. “Our events are a great way for visitors to strike up conversations with our artists and meet other art and craft enthusiasts. Whether you’re a collector or buying for the first time, Art in the Pen provides a wonderful opportunity to discover new, emerging and established artists.

“Right now our artists and craft makers are squirrelled away in their workshops, studios and garden sheds creating beautiful work for the event. We’re really excited for Art in the Pen 2017 and we hope you’ll come and spend an enjoyable day exploring cattle pens full of art and crafts for every budget.”

Art in the Pen Thirsk - Sat 22 & Sun 23 July.  

Thirsk Auction Mart  YO7 3AB - £2 entry 

Art in the Pen Skipton - Sat 12 & Sun 13 August.  

Skipton Auction Mart  BD23 1UD - £3 entry

Free entry for under 16’s - entry includes free parking and a high quality event brochure. 

Well behaved dogs on leads welcome - on site café and art shop at both events

Full details at

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