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East Riding Artists - Mission Statement

East Riding Artists (ERA) is a growing and vibrant platform for painters, ceramicists, jewellery-makers, sculptors and mixed-media creators who live and work in the beautiful East Riding of Yorkshire.

ERA is a not-for-profit organisation whose focus is to raise the profile of artists and makers and promote economic growth within the creative community. We support visual artists across the whole of the county through a programme of events, exhibitions and networking, and encourage artists to strive for excellence.

ERA operate a two-tier membership system: Associate and Full Members. Full Members can have up to five images of their work on the website and two in the directory, plus an artist’s statement. Associates are allowed two images on the website and a short entry in the directory.


The East Riding Artists directory represents our current Full Members and includes contact details for some of our Associate Members and supporting Galleries.

Please contact individual artists directly to ask about their studio opening times, commissioning artwork, and other viewing and buying opportunities.

A bit of background...

Run entirely by enthusiastic volunteers, East Riding Artists was formed in late 2005 by a group of practising visual artists, most of them working alone, and only rarely meeting up with other artists in a similar situation. An open meeting was called by a local curator and artist, which led to an enthusiastic group joining together to form a network.

We were fortunate enough to receive funding to assist us in setting up the organization, including developing our website. Our running costs are now funded from membership fees and commission on exhibition sales.

A committee of volunteers meets regularly to discuss opportunities and arrange events, exhibitions, talks, demonstrations etc., to offer things of interest to all members. Since 2008 we have operated as a not-for-profit company, and continue to rely on volunteers as directors and committee members.

Would you like to know more?

Membership of ERA is open to all who live and work in the East Riding of Yorkshire, whether you are a practicing artist making a living from your art, or have an interest in the visual arts in our area.

Please click on the button below for further information and the application form, or email membership secretary Bryda Atkinson at membership.era@gmail.com.

John Sprakes: Lifetime Honorary Member of ERA

The constitution of East Riding Artists allows for the appointment of honorary membership of an artist or craftsperson who has achieved success over recent times or someone who has worked hard to promote the arts in the East Riding. The committee wish to recognise this by appointing John Sprakes as an Honorary Member of ERA.

Please click on the button below to learn more about John.


Please click on the button below to view or download the Constitution for East Riding Artists.

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