The Art Shop Ilkley celebrates its centenary


A neighborhood store is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The Ilkley Art Shop continues to thrive, providing advice and personalized service on a range of art materials.

In 1919, local artist Herbert Tennant started a business as a commercial artist in the Arcade in Ilkley. A year later he moved to premises on Hawksworth Street. From there he produced artwork for local businesses and painted in watercolors for fun.

He was also a member of the Ilkley Art Club and participated in the annual exhibition. At one time, his artwork and design was sought after by a London company that offered him design work. Herbert declined the offer instead of choosing to stay in Yorkshire.

Returning from active service in 1945, his son Stanley continued the family business as a poster designer and sign maker. He also made picture frames, all from a small workshop with a small stove for heating at the back of the shop, which attracted a constant stream of visitors who came to warm up during the winter months.

In the early 1960s, household paint and decorating materials were put in stock, but this turned out to be short-term as in 1967 the store was completely renovated and a first floor was added and a full range of art materials from Winsor & Newton, Rowney, Reeves and The Daler Board Co has been put into stock.

Stanley and his wife Ella started the art materials business, and upon leaving school, their son Tim joined them in 1977.

The store was renovated again in 1987 with the expansion of the retail area and the creation of a separate framing workshop. The business grew rapidly in the late 1980s and early 1990s. A period of expansion followed with the opening of stores in Skipton, Northallerton and Preston. In 1999 the first art exhibition was held in Ilkley in a church hall, it soon spread to the Winter Gardens and Kings Hall.

In 2009, the Skipton and Preston stores were sold and in 2012 Ilkley was expanded into neighboring premises.

Tim Tennant said, “The Art Shop continues to thrive providing advice and personalized service on a wide range of art supplies from all major brands for professional and hobby artists, both online and in store. . The gallery next to The Art Shop offers a full framing service and a way for local artists to show and sell their work.

“To celebrate our centenary, a series of events are organized in June as well as a painting competition called ‘Time’.”

There will be free art demonstrations at the boutique on Thursday June 13 from 6:30 p.m. with Tracey Krupianka, Saturday June 15 from noon with Jeremy Taylor, Saturday June 22 with Brian Hindmarch from 11 a.m. On Friday June 14 and 21, Richard Gawthorpe will demonstrate from 11 a.m. The four artists will present their work.

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