KEIGHLEY Creative has given the public a behind-the-scenes look at the work of its studio holders.

The arts charity threw open the doors of its base, at the former Argos building in Cooke Lane.

Work produced by artists and independent creative businesses was spotlighted.

And a 'Makers Faire' gave people the chance to buy a range of handmade arts and crafts.

Visitors could meet and chat to artists including Jane Fielder, Bill Parker, Sean Jukes, Leonie Briggs, Matty Roberts, Jon Britten, Naseem Darbey, Anji Timlin and Peat Blagg.

Products on offer from businesses included jewellery by Miss Hue Designs, miniature wildlife paintings and cards created by Anna Gouws Artworks, fragranced items from Magnifiscents Emporium, illustration and print designs produced by Olivia Brearley, cyanotype prints and photographs by Keighley Photo Hub CIC, buttons by Vintage Buttons UK, glass and craftwork from Twiggy Curly Creations, alternative handcrafted home decor and art by The Kindred Bizarre, laser-cut earrings and stickers from Curiously Colourful, and natural crystal and gemstone jewellery by LaLa Designs.

The event attracted more than 250 visitors, including many newcomers to Keighley Creative, and delighted organisers said feedback had been "overwhelmingly positive".

Gemma Hobbs, the charity's creative director, says: "It was fabulous to have such an event here at Keighley Creative.

"We welcomed so many people – many of whom hadn’t previously attended one of our events – and we brought folk into the town, helping to increase the footfall and benefitting local businesses.

"We believe that by hosting such events we can not only celebrate Keighley’s talented makers and artists, but also boost wellbeing and generate more business for our traders across the town."

Alongside the Makers Faire – whose title was derived from the French for 'to make' – and open studios, new exhibitions were launched in some of the disused shop windows within the Airedale Shopping Centre.

They feature Jane Fielder flower paintings and some of her Keighley industrial pieces, alongside photography by Jan Smithies and textile work by Kate Stewart.

"Look out for them in the old Beales windows and opposite The Works in the shopping centre," Gemma adds. "The exhibitions will run until the end of this month.

"Due to its success, we are planning to hold another Makers Faire and open studios event. Watch this space!"

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