Northlight Art  

Northlight Art School - the new name for Northlight Art Education


Over 700 annual enrolments, 20+ regular sessions and around 200 creatively thirsty students attending every week - what an achievement from a cautious start of 5 weekly classes!


Against the tide

Despite years of government cuts, the failure of local colleges to defend adult education and the closure of art provision in the Upper Calder Valley, Northlight has both thrived and become financially sustainable. Proud to be a not- for-profit cooperative we have assembled a great team of tutors who are all practising artists in their own right, working alongside students to build a unique creative community. Northlight receives no external core funding and is free to set it’s own artistic direction, free of bureaucracy and free to respond to the ideas and needs of its students, staff and the surrounding area. Every penny is used to sustain and improve provision, the result is a happy, challenging and fulfilled learning and working environment.

Recent years have added a dedicated ceramics facility, coffee lounge and the fastest growing Art Library in the area. In 2014, the development of Artspace provided a new venue for more classes, exhibitions and events.

Regular gallery visits and an annual trip abroad – Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Budapest plus termly exhibitions all enrich our programme.

A big thank you to all our students, staff, volunteers and supporters.

So where next? Well that’s for you to decide, but restassured we won’t be standing still!


For more information or to book a place please email:


Deliver your project at the Northlight ArtSchool


Northlight  Artspace is available to hire at competitive rates subject to availability outside our busy timetable.


We also offer art and craft Team Building and Away Day packages for organisations and bespoke sessions for groups and parties. To discuss how our artists can help your project please call Don Myers on 01422 843519 or e-mail


Disabled Access  


The Education space and Northlight Artspace  has wheelchair access and disabled toilet facilities. There is limited wheelchair access to our ground floor studios. We have no lift access to our upstairs studios.


Take a look at our courses

Regular weekly courses          Day workshops       Summer Schools     Young Northlight



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