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Art In The Mill, Knaresborough, Yorkshire

Art In The Mill

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Green Dragon Yard


Telephone: 01423862963

Art in the Mill is an original, contemporary and independent art gallery with a well established reputation for representing local artists. The gallery displays a range of paintings, sculptures, pottery and more. Green Dragon Framing is the in house framing workshop offering a full range of framing services & professional advice to customers and artists. For full details of forthcoming events & exhibitions, refer to the website. www.artinthemill.co.uk

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Best Small Shops competition 2020

Best Small Shops Competition - shortlisted

What makes you the UK's Best Small Shop

I’d say we are distinctive; good at what we do & we care about inclusivity.
I’d say we work hard to be a strong thread in the fabric of this community, attracting & retaining customers & being ‘part of’, is what enthuses us.
Appreciative comments in the guestbook allude to the warm welcome we extend 6 days a week & the benefit of Art & creativity.
We regularly host exhibitions and as a venue we’ve held comedy, poetry, music nights & even had a wedding!
Over the last 13 years, we’ve worked with more than 250 artists & creators, hosted over 60 exhibitions and welcomed countless visitors from all over the world.
We work in a constantly changing creative environment which means there’s always something for everyone.
One visit is not enough & each visit you’ll see something different.
It is a chance to see original art in an historic building and overall the experience is engagingly memorable.

What innovations did you initiate to combat the impact of COVID-19

We were classed as non essential retail but really we are a service based operation so far as picture framing is concerned.
We depend on having a reliable supply chain for materials & a steady stream of customers coming through the door.
Throughout lockdown I posted tweets encouraging followers to get creative & illustrated my posts with examples.
Post lockdown, customers' concerns regarding safety & reassurance were of most importance and we’ve taken these factors into account with a reconfiguration of the till area & the launch of a new website giving customers much greater access to shopping online & greater chance for us of follow up enquiries.
The first exhibition post lock down was an open invite for local artists to submit work created during lockdown and led to several new introductions .
One innovation is our Knee Bell, which usually brings a smile to visitors’ faces when they realise what it is.

Tell us how you engage with the local community

We are centrally located in a significant three storey mill building &
we love to play a full & meaningful role by interacting with local events & marketing organisations.
From sponsorship & volunteering to membership of the Town Team, from putting on fund raising events & entertainment, to showcasing local artists, we are often the place people come to find out what’s going on & for 'top tips' on where to go & what to see.
I started the VisitCastlegate traders association in 2014 to help kick start the local economy which was beginning to suffer with an abundance of empty shops. We have 100% occupancy currently & a sense of working together. Since then we’ve collaborated with other organisations & local authorities in a number of projects aimed at improving the visitor experience. I think we’ve benefitted by clearer channels of communication between businesses & customers.

Key Services

COVID-19 Details

Shop open Fully Open (customers can visit without appointments for sales and workshop)

Opening hours during COVID-19

Tuesday:09:30 – 17:00
Wednesday:09:30 – 17:00
Thursday:09:30 – 17:00
Friday:09:30 – 17:00
Saturday:09:30 – 17:00
Sunday:11:00 – 16:00

How to find us

Directions to this business

-1.46699 54.0072