Creating opportunities to experience and get involved in exciting and innovative visual art

Nidderdale Visual Arts is a registered charity (no. 117618) established in 2005 with the aim of promoting the contribution which the visual arts makes to Nidderdale, both in terms of enhancing the quality of life for residents and in supporting the local economy.

Made up of local people who contribute their ideas, knowledge and time to a wide range of activities, NVA works to create new opportunities for people to learn about and experience visual arts and seeks to make Nidderdale a place of excellence for the creative industries.

If you would like to get involved in the work of NVA you can apply for membership; a membership form is available by clicking on the link. Membership application form

You can also view our Constitution here.

In addition to providing the Number 6 Studio Gallery, NVA has been instigator or key partner in many innovative projects. These range from community art events to the creation of major permanent public artworks.

Walking the Landscape

Year 3 of the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership featured a project set deep in Nidderdale, when local artist Sarah Garforth explored the upper reaches of the river Nidd and used it as inspiration and resource for both her own work and for community workshops. Her...

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Under our Feet

As the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership 2nd year project, nva commissioned local sculptor Joseph Hayton, to lead a project based on the geology of the Dale. The project involved local walks, talks and carving workshops led by Joseph who also...

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Hay Meadows “Under The Microscope”

NVA was invited by the Upper Nidderdale Landscape to deliver programme of major art projects as part of a 4 year Heritage Lottery funded project.In Year 1, NVA ran a project based on hay meadows, led by local artist Gill Kirk. This involved a series of...

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The Coldstones Cut

The Coldstones Cut is an iconic piece of public art currently built into the hilltop at Coldstones Quarry, Greenhow above Pateley Bridge in the heart of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire.This unique project was the result of an initial innovative partnership...

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Pillars Past; the Way of the Roses Travelling Histories

Developed by Sustrans, The Way of the Roses is a long distance coast to coast cycle route across some of the most beautiful landscape in the UK between Morecambe on the west coast and Bridlington on the east coast. ‘Travelling Histories’ was the public art programme...

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Drawing On The Past – Artists In Residence

During 2010/2011 Nidderdale Visual Arts hosted the ‘Artists in Residence and the Nidderdale Museum’ Artists Hester Cox, Sue Harrison and Moira McTague were invited to work on ideas inspired from the ‘bird’ collection at the Nidderdale Museum. During the...

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The Dragon Lantern Parade 2013

Preceded by an exciting marching drums band, the Pateley Bridge Christmas Dragon woke from its lair and wove its way up and down the High Street. This giant lantern had been made by local children who paraded it through the town.

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