Mashamshire Community Office welcomes a new flock of talented artists, designers and makers to Masham, to show and sell their work, from Monday 17 May. Members of the Reeth-based, Fleece artists’ cooperative, will be gathering to showcase their talents at the Community Office, in the old Blue Light Gallery now known as Masham Flock.

The impact of Covid on our volunteer team has meant we simply lack the resources to be able to constantly source artists and coordinate new exhibitions ourselves. So, Community Office Trustees approached Fleece, a Reeth-based not-for profit artists’ cooperative, to explore the possibility of their community of artists utilising our space. The staff and volunteers at the Community Office will still be on hand to make sales and shepherd shoppers around Masham Flock, but the artists cooperative will organise all the artists and their changing displays.

Community Office Trustee, Sue Palin said “This is an opportunity for us to continue to showcase art and crafts from the Dales and just beyond. Our visitors will have a chance to appreciate work which will be regularly changing, so they will always find something new. It is a great partnership as this Masham Flock of artists are a cooperative, so income from sales goes direct to the artists and generates a small amount of additional income to support the work of Mashamshire Community Office. It’s a win-win and we look forward to welcoming them.”

Work featuring before 26 June includes copper and enamelled jewellery and gifts, decorative ceramics, embroidery and textile art, “hooky” designs, hand-dyed wools, natural handmade candles, mixed media paintings, pastels and prints, handmade felt and glass. There will be a different gathering of work featured every six weeks, so make sure you pay us a regular visit! View the calendar of featured artists here and includes some home-grown Masham-based artists too.

The work of all Fleece artists and makers is on display in their shop in Reeth and it’s well worth a visit. For more information about Masham Flock and Fleece click here.

The new Masham Flock shop will be open during Community Office hours as follows:
10am – 3pm

Please do come in and have a look…and while you’re at it don’t forget to check out Masham’s other great arty-crafty shops – Nolon Stacey Gallery, Masham Gallery and Uredale Glass Gallery!