Visitors able to hire art kit bags at The Station

Art kit bags are available for hire at The Station.

The art kit bags comprising of materials for artists of all ages to hire for a short time are now available at The Station in Richmond.

The idea is that any visitors coming to The Station, who may feel inspired by the converted Victorian railway station or the nearby River Swale, can borrow a bag and add a page in the communal sketch books.

Retail coordinator Sue Dewhurst said: “The art bags contain some exciting art equipment, pastel pencils, ink brush pens, graphite pencils and more, so budding artists can have  ago and see where their imagination takes them.`

“I hope professional, amateur artists and people who have never considered sketching before will feel able to sit quietly and  contemplate this impressive building, sketch a bit or add a short bit of prose to the book.

“This is a chance for anyone to have a bit of quiet time, sit on a bench and forget the fast pace of modern life, go ‘off grid’ even for just a short while and just sketch what is in front of them, or maybe even what they imagine happened here when this was a working station. We look forward to seeing the results.”

Once full, the books will go on display.

If you would like to participate just call into The Shop and ask to ‘hire’ one of the two  kit bags for an hour or so. Staff ask they are then returned 15 minutes before The Shop closes so they can be checked back in.

The Shop, located in the entrance to The Station, Richmond, is owned by Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust,  the charitable trust that preserves The Station building.

If participants wish, they can put a small donation in the box on the platform which will help with ongoing conservation costs.