ArtisOn is a not-for-profit organisation. We receive no funded support and aim to provide the best quality learning experience possible, at the most affordable price. Founded in 2010 by four friends who’d met when they worked together on a voluntary basis as part of the committee organising Masham Arts Festival, ArtisOn has become a bit of an institution.
Masham artist Ian Scott Massie (Scott) and Masham Gallery owner Josie Beszant, had run a small number of painting workshops in Masham for several years. When Sue Palin and Gaynor Pearson sold their technology and business skills training company in 2009, they were looking for a new challenge and a bit more fun. So, knowing how popular Scott’s workshops were and seeing the growing interest in art and handmade crafts from their work with the Arts Festival, they all set about establishing ArtisOn. It proved to be quite a challenge in the midst of a recession! Once we’d got up and running, Scott and Josie stepped back from the business to concentrate on their own work.
From the beginning, the aim was get more people to share the basic experience of creating things. The thrill of working with your hands to fashion something, the intangible satisfaction of having an idea, then learning the skills needed to make it a reality can be really satisfying and almost therapeutic. It’s a satisfaction and pleasure that isn’t just for the “arty” – our goal is that ArtisOn is for everyone!
We’re very proud to say that we now have so many returning customers, that many believe ArtisOn to be an addiction! ArtisOn exists for its community and over the past 5 years new friendships have developed and our regulars come back again and again to try something new, more challenging or specialist, to create something to give as a gift, or just to take time out, treat themselves and meet up with friends. Whether its skills for pleasure, time out for you, or more serious artistic development, we’ll combine great teaching and uncompromising professionalism, a warm welcome, a fantastic location, lovely folk and of course a great lunch to ensure you have a great day!