ART in the Pen is not taking place as usual this year at Skipton Auction Mart - because of the coronavirus pandemic - but it has moved online, and has been running throughout July and until the end of August.

Artist Director Andy Lynan said to ease the disappointment of regular visitors, and to help the exhibitors, it was decided to run the15th annual event online.

By visiting, people can view the work of the 280 talented artists and craft makers that would have been seen at this year’s events.

“Each listing includes a profile picture of the artist, a short statement and four images of their work. Most importantly, it also includes links to artist’s social media pages and online stores so visitors to the website can easily connect with artists and make their purchases online. It is worth noting that many of the artists are running special offers such as free delivery, multi-buy discounts, free gifts with purchases and discount codes.”

Art in the Pen Online also includes a fundraiser raffle. Artists have donated pieces of work to be won, while the Art Shop Skipton and its suppliers have also donated a number of art supply bundles. Raffle tickets cost £5 each and all proceeds raised will be added to the fundraiser to help save Art in the Pen from permanent closure.

Mr Lynan added: “As everyone knows, Covid-19 has heavily impacted almost all industries. Sadly, this includes the arts and Bad Wolf Theatre Company is no exception.

“All operations were shut down one week before the official lockdown. This included all the site hires they manage at Skipton Auction Mart, as well as The Mart Theatre and Crafts in the Pen. “With no date for when performances can resume, the future of the theatre has never been so uncertain. Crafts in the Pen and The Christmas pantomime, which is now a firm tradition for many families in Skipton, is also extremely unlikely to go ahead.”

You can view AITP Online by visiting or donate online at