We are Artists in Business
and it is our aim to provide opportunities for artists and designer/makers to showcase their work and sell direct to the public. We accept hand made only – we do not accept fair trade, bought in or mass produced goods. We are based in West Yorkshire and we host our Contemporary Arts Markets in Ilkley, Haworth and Keighley.

To apply for a table at our Arts Markets please email

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Looking Forward to Handmade at Ilkley

Since we changed the name of our events from "Arts Markets" to "Handmade at...." we have attracted more interest from people wanting to buy genuine handmade items and support designer-makers.
I think our mistake with "Arts Markets" was that people were expecting to see a painting exhibition and the word "market" gave the impression that everything was cheap and cheerful. This narrowed our audience somewhat and did our traders a disservice. Of course, we do have artists and photographers at our events mixed in with jewellers, textile artists, mosaic artists, stained glass artisans, potters, fused glass artists, paper crafters and fimo creators. In fact we have made a crafty soup of lovely hand made things for everyone to enjoy.

We will be bringing our crafty soup of handmade loveliness to Ilkley on 28 May at Riddings Hall, Christchurch, Riddings Road, The Grove, Ilkley.  Riddings Hall is a great venue with lots of light, space, easy access (no steps)! and disabled toilet.  Just as important is our old fashioned tea room, courtesy of Trufood Catering.

So please come and join us for a cup of tea, a freshly made scone and browse around Handmade at Ilkley.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Who's at Haworth?

We have a brilliant selection of designer-makers, artists, photographers and jewellers at our Handmade at Haworth Event on Saturday 30 April. Here's a taster....

Pincushion from Wychbury

Jewellery by Jennifer Duenas, Lilac Moon, Rachel Lucie and Wychbury

Debbie Alstead
Photography by Debbie Alstead and Kath Williamson, original paintings by Richard Hawkin

Bath Melts by Milliesuds

Soaps and bath products by Milliesuds and handmade candles by Melanie Flears 

Vessel by Kath Bonson
Smashing China Mosaics and Ceramics by Kath Bonson

My Furoshiki
Furoshiki Recycled Gift Wrap and Dinner Party Pinnies

Don't forget that you can also see great artisans, designers and artists at Handmade at Ilkley on Saturday 28 May, Riddings Hall, Ilkley, West Yorkshire

Monday, 18 April 2011

Entrepeneurs at Handmade at Haworth

Two of our newest traders, exhibiting at Handmade at Haworth, are candle maker Melanie Flears and ceramic artist Kath Bonson. 

Both artists will be selling as part of the Bradford Enterprise Academy, which delivers inspirational and exciting enterprise programmes to Bradford College students. In collaboration with Bradford Kickstart (LEGI programme), Bradford College has designed and developed a new academy for enterprise. 

Bradford Enterprise Academy supports both artists in their new business ventures with advice and access to business counsellors. Here's what they have to say.

“Our vision is to enable all students to have an equal opportunity to access Enterprise Learning through a range of learning mediums thereby equipping them with the skills, knowledge and attributes to be successful both in the world of work and in their personal lives.”

Bradford Enterprise Academy will be supporting more entrepeneurial artists at our 
Handmade at Ilkley event on 28 May at Riddings Hall. 

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Rachel Lucie at Haworth

Zest Necklace
Zest Necklace
Jewellery designer Rachel Lucie will be selling her desirable, vintage-inspired jewellery at Hand Made at Haworth on 
Saturday 30 April. 
Rachel uses sterling silver, semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls to hand craft earrings, necklaces and bracelets that are romantic and contemporary, yet have a unique vintage style. She is very meticulous in her work and strives to ensure that every piece, from a bespoke bridal bracelet to a pair of casual earrings, is something beautifully made that you will feel great wearing for years to come. Rachel's designs are simple, clean and distinctive with many being

Briar Rose Earrings
Briar Rose Earrings
Hand Made at Haworth will be at The Old School Rooms, Main Street, Haworth on 30 April from 10am to 4pm

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Tumbling Tombola Giveaway

Stunning Raffle Drum

Call us old fashioned but we are having a Tombola draw at our Hand Made at Haworth event on Saturday 30 April.  The drum will roll and every visitor will have a chance to win a lovely hand made gift.
Gifts include hand made soap with natural ingredients, gorgeous jewellery with fused glass, sumptuous dyed silk scarves, hand made books, original prints and so much more. 
Tickets for the Tumbling Tombola will be 50 pence each at the door but there is no obligation to buy. Entrance to all our events is FREE. 

Hand Made at Haworth is at The Old School Rooms, Church Street, off Main Street, Haworth West Yorkshire BD22 8DR. 10am to 4pm