The Art Shop Skipton
Pablo Picasso once said: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Art has the ability to make reality seem even more real, and the unusual and fantastic seem ordinary. Art can act as therapy, channel expression and become an outlet for every feeling and emotion under the sun – that’s why we think art is for everybody.
We curate the finest, most affordable art supplies on the market, so anyone can pick up a brush, a pencil, a pen or marker start creating.
Yorkshire is becoming the next capital of creativity, with the buzzing metropolis of Leeds, the sprawling wonderland of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the rural charm of the countryside waiting to be explored. We’re happy to be a part of this exciting artistic movement from our home in Skipton.
Our shop in Skipton was founded in 1996, but selling art supplies has been in the family as far back as 1919.
This heritage of knowledge has been passed on through generations, with the ethos of exploration and discovery put at the heart of our business ever since.
Whether you’re a budding amateur, seasoned professional or getting back into the creative swing of things, you’ll find everything you’ll need from the likes of Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney, Derwent, Pebeo, Sennelier, Unison, Bockingford, Loxley, Uni, Reeves, Artmaster, Hahnemuhle, Koh-I-Noor, Fila Lyra and many more premium brands.
We also stock a specially-curated collection of craft materials, so if you’re into collage, glazing, making furniture, working with fabrics or creating jewellery – we can help.
Four years ago, we took the next step on our journey and began selling online for the first time.
No longer was our service, expertise and specially curated range limited to North Yorkshire – the whole of the UK could metaphorically wander around our shop and discover something new.
We pride ourselves on being a space people can discover new techniques and new materials. All of our staff were chosen for their passion for creativity, so they can advise customers on making the right choices on everything from watercolour paper to oil paint.
Advice isn’t limited to physical visits either – look out for our individual staff recommendations around our website. We know people don’t want to wait around when inspiration strikes, so all of our orders are packaged up and sent in no time. Customers can even order items and collect them in store.
Learning is a huge part of our ethos at The Art Shop Skipton. We attend many events over the year to help promote and educate anyone who’s interested in getting involved with art.
Our partnerships with manufacturers like Pebeo, Derwent and Daler Rowney allow us to offer free workshops and demos, so we can teach people about new techniques and tools.
Find out more about our artistic staff below.
As a graduate of Nottingham Trent University School of Art and Design and published illustrator, Al has a real expert knowledge in all things creative.
His charming illustrations have graced the pages of several children’s books, but when he’s not creating characters or imaginative scenes with his pen, he’s helping our customers find exactly what they need.
Al’s keen interest in art comes in handy when he’s helping people find what they are looking for, whether it’s a versatile pen, a reliable brush or a beautiful new easel. He’s also a master of framing pictures, so he can display your latest work in the most elegant way possible.
Online sales administrator
Amy is the proud owner of a degree in Scientific and Natural History Illustration, and has an impeccable ability to craft realistic images of animals and nature.
Born in and raised up in drizzly Salford, Amy moved to green pastures of West Yorkshire in 2015. Here she continues to find inspiration for her watercolour illustrations and prints among the lush greenery and wildlife.
When she’s not exploring the natural world, Amy is our online sales administrator, helping our online customers get the absolute best from their online orders and answering questions about our extensive range over email.
Born and raised in the market town of Skipton, North Yorkshire, Chloe has been helping to grow The Art Shop Skipton for over four years.
Starting as a shop assistant, Chloe is now our dispatch manager and spends her time making sure every single customer receives what they wanted promptly, and in perfect condition.
She’s passionate about customer service and making sure each individual who shops with us has a brilliant experience. When she’s not being our organisational dynamo, Chloe can be found exploring the alluring Yorkshire countryside and taking part in a range of different sports.
Online operations manager
As the online operations manager, Jonny’s the driving force behind all of the digital activity for The Art Shop Skipton. He studied IT and Business, and spent much of his adolescent and adult years at the shop, fervently learning and experimenting with all the art supplies on sale.
Jonny is the latest in a long line of artists and art material retailers, continuing to invest in the local creative community.
When he’s not making managing the website, attending local creative events or helping customers select the right tools, you’ll probably find him taking photos and exploring the picturesque Yorkshire countryside.
As the owner and founder of The Art Shop Skipton, it’s no surprise Mark comes from a long line of artists. His father and grandfather were both well known local artists in nearby Ilkley.
Mark used this heritage of creativity to found The Art Shop Skipton, an institution that has been proudly supplying artists for over 20 years. He passed on this passion for the arts to his son, Jonny, who is taking the business into the 21st century as the Online Operations Manager.
His deep knowledge of every type of art tool imaginable has helped Mark curate the finest brands and products on the market. He’s also been a professional picture framer for over 38 years.
Karen spent her early years in Preston, Lancashire before venturing across the Pennines to Yorkshire to become the administrator for The Art Shop Skipton.
With over 30 years of experience in the secretarial field, Karen’s an organisational sensation who makes sure everything runs exactly as it should. As a proud holder of an RSA Diploma in Administration Procedures, she’s always on hand to help customers with whatever they need over the phone or via email.