Artistic event at Ripon Museums

Ripon Museums - Heritage Arts Festival.
Ripon Museums - Heritage Arts Festival.

Ripon Museums will be celebrating the huge variety of traditional arts and crafts practised in Yorkshire with its latest bank holiday event.

More than a dozen expert demonstrators will be in the Workhouse for the Hertiage Arts Festival event from May 25-27, supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Demonstrators, including calligraphers and coracle builders, will be sharing their skills and helping visitors of all ages and abilities to try out new activities and learn new skills.

There will be a changing programme each day and this year visitors will also get a chance to take an hour-long workshop in clay, print and other crafts.

“Visitors often stay all day, there is so much to see and do,” said learning and access officer Sue Mackay.

“Visitors often comment on what fantastic value they get, especially for museum family pass holders, who can come to all of our school holiday events for no extra charge.”

One of this year’s demonstrators will be Mary Mosely, a lace maker who has been meeting regularly for a number of years with a group of local women to practice making lace from various English and continental traditions.

Mary and another member of the group – Avril Edmondson – have also researched and written a book about the history of lace making in Ripon, which Mary designed the lace for.

Another artist demonstarting at the event will be Clare Lindley, whose work is greatly influenced by the natural world.

“Inspiration is all around me in people and nature,” she said.

“Trees, birds and flowers tend to be a constant in my work, too many trees at times, but they are beautiful and a challenge to depict. My work is not challenging to the mind, it is gentle and hopefully a little funny at times. It is meant to make the viewer smile not frown.”

Alongside the peaceful arts on show at the Workhouse will also be a very lively and entertaining musical demonstration by Tony Westran from the Yorkshire-based Marking Time.

l The festival runs Saturday-Monday over the bank holiday weekend from 10am-4pm at the Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon. For more details see the website at www.riponmuseums.co.uk or call 01765 690799.