Ilkley Arts

We are a small charity (officially called a charitable incorporated organisation – CIO) based in Ilkley run by volunteers. Ilkley is famous for its beautiful moor with ancient rock carvings and its medieval Manor House.

Ilkley Arts has 3 main strands of activity – the annual Ilkley Art Trail, the Ilkley Arts studio that is a venue for exhibitions, workshops and is also home to the Ilkley Art School and the Ilkley Arts Creative Network where artists and creatives can come together to share ideas and thoughts about their and other artists’ work.

Our core mission at Ilkley Arts is to promote and celebrate the arts in Ilkley and surrounding areas to enrich the lives of residents and visitors and to support and help the development of our exhibiting artists.

We work with a wide range of organisations to achieve this mission from those whose focus is on developing the younger generation such as Art School Ilkley, Bradford School of Art and Nell Bank Centre to those who are working with individuals, families and carers whose world involves dementia and other age related conditions.

Who we are

Ilkley Arts has a board of trustees who are strong team of volunteers who are passionate about art and making Ilkley a great place to live.

Our Trustees

Sarah Thomas

Sarah moved to Ilkley in 2010 and is a retired NHS Director. Previous roles include Director of Workforce for large acute (4000 staff and £250m budget), mental health, learning disabilities and community NHS Trusts. She was the Chair of the Regional Skills for Care Councils and the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. Specialist areas of interest include organisational, team and individual development. She is a passionate art collector and amateur print maker.

Nick Robinson

Nick has spent most of his career in change management. Born in Leeds, he moved to Brighton in 1981 and returned to Yorkshire in 2014. While living in Brighton he opened his home as part of the Brighton Festival Artists’ Open Houses ( Nick was Trail Representative for the Dyke Road Arts Trail which consisted of 11 houses, with each house hosting around eight artists.

Jeremy Lewis

Jeremy arrived in Yorkshire as a teenager to attend Leeds University and stayed ever since. He moved to Ilkley in 2010. Jeremy runs his own consulting, coaching and facilitation practice specialising in collaborative partnering. He works with SMEs and clients in local government, health and the arts. His pro bono work includes supporting students at Leeds Trinity University who are starting their own business. He is interested in coaching as an art form and is a professional Street Wizard.

Jo Powell

With Arts, heritage and private sector experience, Jo was a Science Museum curator & part of the team who established the National Media Museum in Bradford in the early 80s as an exhibitions organiser. She moved into PR and marketing at the BBC and subsequently held senior corporate communications management roles in financial services. Jo now lectures part-time in PR and marketing at Leeds Business School and is a past trustee of Outside the Box, Ilkley.

Libby Jubb

Libby has lived in Ilkley since 2003 and set up as a jewellery designer and maker after she completed an HND 3D design course at Craven College. She has extensive professional experience of charity and voluntary services having set up the Harrogate Library Big Lottery volunteer scheme and worked for Ilkley Council for Voluntary Services. She has lived in Belgium and France, working in tourism and property businesses, and in 1992 trained as a teacher at Reading University. She still tutors and she exhibited on the Art Trail for the first time in 2015.

Joanne Tinker

Joanne spent her teenage years in Leeds, then lived 18 years in London and moved back up north to Ilkley in 2015. Joanne is an artist using mostly recycled materials, she has exhibited worldwide and is represented by 2 London based Galleries. In her spare time Joanne loves to swim and was a trustee at Hampton Open Air pool, London.

Our Volunteers

We have a small band of fantastic volunteers who help to make Ilkley Arts work. If you would like to part of this team please complete the volunteer form.


Lorna Bird

Lorna devised the first Ilkley Art Trail and Open Studios event in 2011. She has worked as a project manager and performer within the creative music and visual arts industries and has lived in Ilkley for over 30 years.

Lorna has wide experience of art administration and community involvement. She currently works with HFT, an organisation that creatively supports adults with learning disabilities.

In 2016 Lorna decided to step down to pursue new challenges. Read more here.