A professional development programme to support artists’ practice and engagement with climate change and related environmental and sustainability issues.

Talk by Artist Karen Guthrie, round table discussion and lunch

Friday 30 November, 11.15am – 2pm
Cost: £6 inc vegetarian lunch
Booking: contact [email protected]

For the fourth in our series of artists’ talks and discussions on the theme of Greening Arts Practice, we’re delighted to welcome the award-winning artist Karen Guthrie. As well as allowing plenty of time for discussion and information exchange, we are also going to review the programme so far and invite ideas for the content of future sessions.

Karen is a cross-disciplinary artist who was raised on the West coast of Scotland and now lives on a smallholding in the rural Lake District, the headquarters of arts organisation Grizedale Arts. Karen works primarily in public and socially-engaged art and in film-making, also freelancing in a number of capacities (from warden to Head Gardener to web developer) for Grizedale Arts. Recent projects include “House of Ferment” – a pop-up installation and working kitchen commissioned by Science Museum London, and so far presented at Borough Market (London), ArtBoom Festival (Krakow, Poland) and Hauser & Wirth Somerset, where she was artist-in-residence in 2014,  producing work for ‘Soil Culture’, a UK-wide touring exhibition that celebrated the UN Year Of Soil. 

More about Karen’s work can be seen at

To book a place: [email protected]


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Craven Museum & Gallery, Skipton: until 18 October

Whitby Library: 27 October – 15 December

Platform Gallery, Clitheroe: 19 January – 30 March

Selby Library: 6 April – 18 May


Crafting Change explores how a diverse group of contemporary makers explore issues and definitions of sustainability as they develop their practice into the 21st Century.

Making usually means generating more ‘stuff’ and using resources and energy.  The textiles, metal and precious stone industries are some of the most polluting in the world and workers are often exploited, working in life-threatening conditions for meagre pay. The mining and shipping of raw materials for ceramics creates a massive carbon footprint.  How do craftspeople reconcile this with their production of luxury, non–essential items?

Some respond through their thoughtful and considered use of materials and making methods.  Others use their work as a way of asking questions about our relationship with objects and why we make and buy them.  Through the exhibition we want to open up discussion about the role of craft in our society – is the origin and provenance of objects becoming more important to us? Is the act of making just as important as the final product?

Artists include: Carole Collet, Ute Decker, Joseph Hartley, Carmen Machado, Lorna Singleton and Solid Wool. More info via the Art Unpacked website:

Ute Decker
Carmen Machado


Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes: 4 October – 26 November

Keld Resource Centre: 1 December – 13 January

Catterick Library: 16 January – 26 February


A culmination of a two year project, four artists in residence and countless members of the community of Swaledale and beyond. See the installations created by artists and community alike in this touring exhibition by Chrysalis Arts.


More information about Fabric of Place here >>