About Us

Ilkley Arts

Ilkley Arts is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), which started out as Ilkley Art Trail in 2011.

Our mission is to support regional artists and to heighten the profile of visual arts in Ilkley all year round. We curate solo and group exhibitions and bring art to people socialising and going about their daily business, We aim to inspire and engage with people who might not normally enter a traditional gallery space.

Ilkley is a beautiful small Victorian town flanked by the famous Ilkley Moor. On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, the town is popular with day-trippers, tourists and of course its residents.

Who we are

Part of our development is to increase sustainability for the future and to strengthen the governance of ILKLEY ARTS. To this end we are excited to have put together a strong team of people to oversee and drive the organisation.

Our volunteers include a media team, event organisers and researchers plus a strong and experienced board of trustees.

Lorna Bird

Lorna Bird

Lorna Bird

Founder/Creator

Lorna devised the first Ilkley Art Trail and Open Studios event in 2011. She has worked as a project manager and performer within the creative music and visual arts industries and has lived in Ilkley for over 30 years.

Lorna has wide experience of art administration and community involvement. She currently works with HFT, an organisation that creatively supports adults with learning disabilities.

In 2016 Lorna decided to step down to pursue new challenges. Read more here.


 

Our Trustees

 

Sarah

Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Chair

Sarah moved to Ilkley in 2010 and is a retired NHS Director. Previous roles include Director of Workforce for large acute (4000 staff and £250m budget), mental health, learning disabilities and community NHS Trusts. She was the Chair of the Regional Skills for Care Councils and the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. Specialist areas of interest include organisational, team and individual development. She is a passionate art collector and amateur print maker.

 

Nick Robinson

Nick Robinson

Nick Robinson

Nick has spent most of his career in change management. Born in Leeds, he moved to Brighton in 1981 and returned to Yorkshire in 2014. While living in Brighton he opened his home as part of the Brighton Festival Artists’ Open Houses (aoh.org.uk). Nick was Trail Representative for the Dyke Road Arts Trail which consisted of 11 houses, with each house hosting around eight artists.

 

Jeremy Lewis

Jeremy Lewis

Jeremy Lewis

Jeremy arrived in Yorkshire as a teenager to attend Leeds University and stayed ever since. He moved to Ilkley in 2010. Jeremy runs his own consulting, coaching and facilitation practice specialising in collaborative partnering. He works with SMEs and clients in local government, health and the arts. His pro bono work includes supporting students at Leeds Trinity University who are starting their own business. He is interested in coaching as an art form and is a professional Street Wizard.

 

Jo Powell

Jo Powell

Jo Powell

With Arts, heritage and private sector experience, Jo was a Science Museum curator & part of the team who established the National Media Museum in Bradford in the early 80s as an exhibitions organiser. She moved into PR and marketing at the BBC and subsequently  held senior corporate communications management roles in financial services. Jo now lectures part-time in PR and marketing at Leeds Business School and is a past trustee of Outside the Box, Ilkley.

 

Libby Jubb

Libby Jubb

Libby Jubb

Libby has lived in Ilkley since 2003 and set up as a jewellery designer and maker after she completed an HND 3D design course at Craven College. She has extensive professional experience of charity and voluntary services having set up the Harrogate Library Big Lottery volunteer scheme and worked for Ilkley Council for Voluntary Services. She has lived in Belgium and France, working in tourism and property businesses, and in 1992 trained as a teacher at Reading University. She still tutors and she exhibited on the Art Trail for the first  time in 2015.

 

Joanne Tinker 2

Joanne Tinker

Joanne Tinker

Joanne spent her teenage years in Leeds, then lived 18 years in London and moved back up north to Ilkley in 2015. Joanne is an artist using mostly recycled materials, she has exhibited worldwide and is represented by 2 London based Galleries. In her spare time Joanne loves to swim and was a trustee at Hampton Open Air pool, London.

 


 

 Our Volunteers

 

Anna Nolan

Photographer

Anna is a local photographer and has been involved with Ilkley Art Trail since the beginning. She takes publicity shots and works with local artists and businesses to build their marketing strength and promote their work.

 

 

 

Helen Etchel

Research

Art history enthusiast Helen Etchell has used her comprehensive knowledge of the historical art scene in Ilkley to compile the research pages. New research will be brought to you as the year goes on.


Technical Support

John Skilleter

John Skilleter

John Skilleter

Technical Chap

John is a software engineer, based in Ilkley who helps with the nuts and bolts of the web site. In his spare time he also plays the cello and does a bit of photography.


Our logo

 

Our logo is after Ilkley’s Cup and Ring Stone ancient carvings on Ilkley Moor and was inspired in turn, by a brooch commissioned by Brian Berrett of silver artist, Adele Taylor.