A NEW ‘pop up’ art space has opened in Skipton - in the premises of the former TSB Bank in Caroline Square, at the bottom of the High Street.

Craven Arts Hub, which received its official opening last week by the mayor of Skipton, Peter Madeley, is run by the charity, Craven Arts and will open on market days.

Its aim, says the charity, is to bring more cultural activities to the area for everyone to enjoy, with not only art on show in the former bank, but also from later this month, a series of ‘artists in residences’ including soothing sessions by Skipton based opera singer, Bibi Heal.

Ann Rutherford, chair of Craven Arts, said instead of bank tellers, there are now artists behind the glass screens of the former bank. “ Craven Arts have transformed the former bank into a light and interesting art space and gallery, “ she said.

The first exhibition in the new hub features the work of Carolyn Hird-Rogers, Ann Rutherford and Jim MacMorran.

The beautiful artworks and 3D sculptures are inspired by local scenes. Meanwhile, Beverley Parker of Cum-Bye Arts has a studio space right where the tellers used to sit, says Ann.

Tours of her studio space are available, with appropriate social distancing in place.

Later this month, the charity plans to launch the first in a series of artists residences.

“Song Surgery is a unique experiment in using music and poetry to provide a pick me up for anyone who is in need of a bit of a boost,” says Ann.

“We are inviting people to come and experience the healing power of music at the new Craven Arts Hub. Whatever your problem - such as insomnia, stress, loneliness, or even squabbling toddlers - Skipton based opera singer Bibi Heal has the perfect musical antidote for you and will send you on your way feeling soothed and refreshed.”

Bibi is due to set up her surgery in the hub and will be available for appointments from the middle of the month. Booking details will be available inside the gallery, and also online at: www.bibiheal.com

Craven Arts Hub will be open on Skipton Market days, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 11am to 4pm.

Anyone with questions about the Craven Arts project, or who would like to get involved, can email: info@cravenarts.co.uk