In challenging times, with the dual impact of Covid-19 pandemic and the culmination of the Brexit negotiations, Crescent Arts is embarking on the next phase of its development, reaffirming its mission to be a vibrant creative hub rooted in Scarborough: responding to the need for equity and social justice by nurturing diverse artistic talent, connecting people to art
and artists, making contemporary visual arts publicly accessible through meaningful participation and enjoyment, and working to address the climate crisis and support climate justice. It has established an exciting new partnership with Scarborough Museums Trust, and will co-produce public programme of exhibitions, workshops, artist’s talks and residencies.
Crescent Arts was founded in 1979 by and for visual artists in Scarborough, to provide studios, production facilities and professional development opportunities, while generating public and community participation through exhibitions and ‘hands-on’ creative activities. At the same time, it has initiated major partnerships and produced events with international
impact including The Art Party Conference 2013, with the renowned artist Bob and Roberta Smith R.A.; curating Helen Sear’s work for Wales at The 56 the Venice Biennale in 2015; developing a partnership with Forestry England to develop its arts strategy and commission new work by Helen Sear as the first artist-in-residence at Dalby Forest in 2017/18.
Adrian Friedli – Interim Director
Martha Cattell – Programmes Manger