Art trail, hot food and some great talks at Feva

Feva event.
Feva event.

The Art Trail is a colourful and popular part of the 10-day FEVA pageant held during Knaresborough’s annual Festival of Entertainment. FEVA will run from August 10 to 19 and many of the Art Trail events will be open most days during this time – and all are free to enter. Events, locations and other details are listed below.

For more information and for a map of locations go to or pick up a free printed copy of the Programme in shops, the tourist office, library, Knaresborough House and other centres in the Town.

One of the many highlights, live at Knaresborough Library on the first day of FEVA tomorrow, Friday is Jill McGivering.

She will giving a talk on how she turned her experience as a BBC foreign correspondent in to works of fiction The Last Kestrel and Far From My Father’s House, set in in Afghanistan and Pakistan respectively.

Jill will be in conversation with FEVA committee member Bernie Crosthwaite.

It pays for visitors to remember that pecial menus offered by Knaresborough’s restaurants are a popular feature of each year’s Feva Festival and details of participating outlets can be found at

The official programme itself has a map of the Art Trail laid out so there are plenty of places for refreshment on the route.

Also along the trail are Knaresborough’s famour Trompe L’oeil optical illusions hidden on walls, at the railway station, down alleyways and on fake windows.

Among the Art Trial destinations are:

WISH YOU WERE HERE. Artists from around the region have been asked by curator Shaeron Caton-Rose to the idea to respond to the idea of tourism and place by creating art in postcard form. See the results at the Post Office in the High Street during usual opening hours.

NOT THE NORM. At Studio 3 in Finkle Street will be a vibrant exhibition of contemporary paintings and handmade jewellery by local artist Norma Galley. Open Mondays to Fridays 1-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays 2-5pm.

HIDDEN VISIONS Y12. Abstract seascapes and landscapes by Lori Handley will be on display at the Stable Studio at the Royal Oak daily from 11am to 4 pm.

MICHAEL WELCH SCULPTURES. For one day only during FEVA, 18 August from11am to 4pm, hand carved clay sculptures by Michael Welch will be shown at the Fraser Theatre, featuring a variety of themes from the Old West, World War II, TV and films.

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? Held at Art in the Mill in Green Dragon Yard, this is a summer exhibition of pretty pictures all in a row. Potter around the living frames and artists at work. Open Mondays to Saturdays from 9.30am-5.30pm, and Sundays from 11am-5pm.

BLOSSOM GALLERY. An exhibition of previously unseen landscape, wildlife and abstract photographic work by Paul Franklin of Vivephoto from places far and wide. Plus creative rag rugs and new jewellery by Suzanne Lawson. 8 Kirkgate. Open Mondays to Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm; Sundays 11.30 am to 4pm.

HANDMADE HERE. The Old Glasshouse Gallery will display a vibrant mix of stained glass, ceramics, jewellery and photographic cards, made on the premises. Open every day during FEVA from 10 am to 5 pm.

LANDSCAPE EXPRESSIONS. Mark Sunderland’s Landscape Expressions is a collection of atmospheric abstract and traditional photographs from in and around the Yorkshire Dales. This exhibition will be staged each day at the Mitre Hotel during normal opening hours.

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ourful collection of pupils’ work held to celebrate a year at Knaresborough’s Forest School at St John’s Church Hall. Opening times are 11 am to 4 pm Mondays to Saturdays, and 12 noon to 4pm on Sundays.

KNARESBOROUGH ARTS SOCIETY’S SUMMER EXHIBITION. This traditional event will be staged at Holy Trinity Church on 17 to 19 August, from 10 am to 4 pm featuring society members’ original works in a variety of media, most available for purchase.

IMPAKTE ART. This offers a chance to watch artists Michael Kestell and Patricia Furness at work on watercolours and mixed media in St John’s Church Hall Mondays to Saturdays from 11 am to 4pm, and 12 noon to 4pm on Sundays.

BIRDS OF PARADISE. Art makers from Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre present a group

exhibition of a huge flock of birds in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes. Open in St John’s Church Mondays to Saturdays during FEVA from 10am to 4pm, and Sundays from 2pm to 4pm.

ART IN THE BOATHOUSE, Waterside. Open daily from 11am to 4pm this exhibition will display oil and watercolour paintings, mosaics and wood turning by Bill Bradshaw, Lois Folkard, Peter Kearney, Ruth Wilkinson, Zillah Horner and Michael Kestell.

DISTANCE. Shirley Vine’s new watercolours of local landscapes examine the relationship between near and far. Chris Sheldrake presents oil and watercolour images of local scenes. Also Fairtrade jewellery and gifts all on show at the Centre on Gracious Street, 10-18 August from 10am to 4.30pm, except Tuesdays (2pm to 4.30pm).

IMAGES OF KNARESBOROUGH. Joseph Baker Fountain was a local artist in the 20th century who recorded scenes of life in Knaresborough. Come and see a selection of his work loaned by the Harrogate Fine Art Collection at the Court House Museum, open each day from 11am to 4pm.

SCENERY AND FLORALS. Held at the Lavender Rooms in the Marketplace daily during opening hours, this exhibition will feature floral paintings and local scenery in mixed media by Paula Barrett.

THE NEW ELIZABETHANS. A pop-up exhibition of items from Harrogate Museums’ collections of 1950s arts and artifacts will be held at the Library from Mondays to Saturdays. This exhibition is being staged to mark the Queen’s Jubilee and will includes prints by John Piper and Edward Bawden, Wedgewood ceramics, and dresses and hats from the era.

OLYMPIC ART. Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre will staged an exhibition each day from 9am to 4pm of both 2D and 3D work on the theme of the Olympic Games. All are available to purchase.

TOPIARY TREASURES. On the Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm-4.30pm, of FEVA there is a chance to enjoy tea and scones while relaxing among the topiary treasures of St Margaret’s Road.