Location – Masham + Our Studios

Welcome to Masham

Travelling on a painting expedition from Richmond to Fountains Abbey, Turner came down the hill past ArtisOn’s Studios to Masham and paused to sketch the striking view of Masham’s church steeple shown in the middle distance beyond Masham bridge. Who can blame him? Many have been inspired to do the same since! In fact local artist Rob Blades was inspired to create this contemporary design, which was temporarily scaled up and used to signpost travellers off the A1! Turners more classical sketch now resides in the Tate Gallery archives – information here.

We think Masham is a special place – the market place is one of the largest in England and retains an air of peace as there is no through traffic. You’ll find four lovely galleries – two of which are run by ArtisOn tutors and contain the work of two more. There is an award winning restaurant, a luxury hotel and spa, four pubs, a gin distillery and two world famous breweries in town. You certainly won’t be short of inspiration here! So why not plan a break around an ArtisOn workshop? There are places to stay, lovely walking or cycling on the doorstep and all that the Dales has to offer is within easy reach. For listings of attractions, what’s on, accommodation, places to eat, great walks and more about Masham, why not have a look at the Visit Masham website or drop in to see the lovely people at Masham Community Office.

Go to the Visit Masham website

Our Studios

Located in what was once an open-fronted barn on a working farm, our studios are just a mile outside Masham on the road to Richmond.  We carried out extensive alterations to convert the space into two beautiful multifunctional studios with sinks and light from two sides, plus a cafe area and a covered outside space for outdoor workshops.

Both our studios are multi-functional – transformations occur from day to day, from painting studio to textile workshop, from wood working room to jewellery making studio or even kitchen.  There are so many ways to configure things and make our studio space work and, best of all is… we clear up the mess!

Outside our large covered area is used for the likes of blacksmithing, stone carving and wood turning, where fresh air and light are important. Hand crafted by ArtisOn tutor Keith Mott, the arched structure is made from curved local larch wood and known affectionately as “Archie”…

Our aim is to create a warm, welcoming, fun and inspirational environment where everyone can feel relaxed, chat with like minded folk and really enjoy having some creative “me-time”. Vanessa sorts lunch and refreshments from her tardis-like kitchen. Cakes and lunches are a priority here and have become legendary – it’s amazing what she conjures up from such a small space!

In the courtyard we have plenty of parking too with overflow, if needed, in the farmyard next door.

ArtisOn welcomes everyone so there’s nothing to worry about – arrange a visit soon! If you’d like to know more about our accessibility, check out this page or give us a call.