Makers of bespoke artworks  are the latest artists  to have their work displayed at Northallerton’s Civic Centre. 

Ann Akers and Jane Grainger from Thirsk are collectively known as Purple Jackdaw and between them have painted, drawn, sewn, whittled, photographed, knitted and crocheted all of the exhibits that are on show.

Ann is from a farming background and Jane is a teacher who has been creating two and three dimensional pieces since the early 1990s.

They try and make the pieces as cheaply as possible and use recycled materials wherever they can.

One of the items on show are ‘blue bells’ which were made for the recent Deer Shed Festival – a family friendly music, arts and science event at Topcliffe.

  “The quality of the pieces is outstanding,” said Kate Staines, Development Officer (Arts and Recreation) pictured with Ann and Jane. 

“Lots of people were very interested when we were hanging the work, especially when the flamingo made an appearance!

“We are always delighted when a local artist asks to display their work here as it gives them a chance to exhibit to a much wider audience.  It will brighten up all visits to the civic centre – but everyone is welcome to drop in to have a look during office hours.”

The exhibition is open from 8.45am – 5.15pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.45am – 4.45pm on Fridays and runs until December.

For further information contact Kate Staines on 01609 767203 or