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Man with short dark hair and a blue and black checked shirt looking at a framed embroidery picture in the exhibition gallery.

Exhibition Gallery

Open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am till 4.30pm


Our gallery shows a changing programme of exhibitions from local and national artists and crafts people. We showcase community projects and our museum collection. There are lots of opportunities to get hands on with workshops and interactive elements of our shows.

Current Exhibition

 Current Exhibition

Transient Treasures

by Ekaterina Sheath

9th July – 17th Sept 2022

Illustrator Ekaterina Sheath presents an innovative exhibition and explores Craven Museum’s unique ephemera collection, challenging our interpretation of an item’s ‘value’ and how this changes over time. Bespoke illustrations accompany the ephemera objects on display, seeking to bring to life the stories hidden behind each item.

Whether it is tales of hidden mice or social dances for mill workers, Craven Museum is full of stories.

Past Exhibitions

 Past Exhibition

The Roebuck Collection

Dale, City & Sea

20th Century Landscapes

19th March – 5th June 2022

Dale, City & Sea is a showcase of 20th century landscape work from the Roebuck Collection. The Roebuck Collection is 145 paintings, watercolours, prints, drawings and sculpture, all collected by Clement Roebuck. He left the collection as a bequest to Craven Museum & Gallery which is now its permanent home.

Visitors are invited to get creative by adding colour and detail to three large scale community landscape pieces.

Close up image of a dark purple suculent plant with droplets of water on the leaves

 Past Exhibition

Colours of Nature – Rotary Young Photographer Competition

15th January – 5th March 2022

The photography of over 70 entrants to the Skipton Rotary International Young Photographer Competition, was displayed in a colourful exhibition in our gallery.

Young people aged 3 to 17 from a group of schools and community organisations across Craven took part in the contest, responding to this year’s exciting theme of ‘Colours of Nature’.

The Rotary International Young Photographer Competition takes place in Great Britain and Ireland every year. It aims to encourage young people to experiment with photography, develop creative skills, interpretate the topic and respond to their surroundings through the medium of photography.

Alongside the young people’s photography work, visitors were able to see a selection of work by the competition judge, Juliet Klottrup. Klottrup is an award winning Artist combining photography and filmmaking, based in North Yorkshire. Her work explores themes of youth, community, rural living and the relationship we have with our landscape.

A yellow and black butterfly on a purple flower
A pale pink flower
A green suculent plant
A bright pink flower
Painting of a rural Yorkshire landscape

 Past Exhibition

Kitty North

8 November – 23 December 2021

Kitty North’s solo exhibition ‘A Yorkshire Vision’ showcases works created during the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021. North was entirely absorbed in her art during these times. She was to be found up hill and down dale, sketchbook in hand, documenting the peace and beauty of the natural world and the creatures within it.

Kitty North’s work has been widely exhibited and collected around the world. Recent years have been full of many different projects across the UK, including multi-part works for Salts Mill, Chatsworth House and Bolton Abbey.

Painting of a Yorkshire village in ellow colour with red sun.
a woman with short blonde hair sitting at a table in an art studio
Painting of a rural Yorkshire landscape in snow.
Sculpture with copper rods and image of the moon in the background

 Past Exhibition

Echoes: Material memories of inhabited space

13 September – 30 October 2021

Cononley-based artist Barbara Greene uses contemporary artworks, prints, cyanotypes, artist books and 3D installations to give new insights into our local history.

Barbara explores some of the mix of arts and sciences, events and discoveries, which influenced the growth and development of 400 years of life along the Aire valley. An exhibition for the curious.

Artwork using broken china
Artwork - Cyanotype of leaves
Pink glass tea set

 Past Exhibition


21 June – 2 September 2021

In Celebrate we wanted to explore how individuals across Craven celebrate some of the important things in life – birth, marriage, family get-togethers, festivals and galas.

The exhibition also celebrated the reopening of Skipton Town Hall showcasing ‘before and after’ pictures of Craven Museum, the Concert Hall, Education Room and the Visitor Information Centre – now our Grade II listed building has been revitalised into a cultural hub for Craven!

For this exhibition we received lots of creative input from individuals who worked with Pioneer Projects; through Yesmien Bagh Ali talking to and working with members from the Pakistani, Chinese, Turkish, Syrian, Indian, Swedish and Polish communities in Skipton; and contributions from the Skipton Stitchers embroidery group.

Textile artist Hayley Mills-Styles led a community-based bunting project for us, with the colourful bunting displayed, celebrating Craven’s uniqueness.

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