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those all-important opportunities.


What does AIB do? AIB offers support for artists and designer-makers through its blog, with posts which are bite sized chunks from our seminars, Arts Markets


and community arts


projects. Two years ago we started creating selling opportunities for artists and designer-makers with our Arts Markets. Our first venture was a


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World Market in Keighley followed by Arts Markets in Ilkley and a sheep fair! This year we are adding two,


“AIB therefore looks at new ways to support artists”


Handmade at Haworth, events. We are very proud of our traders – the quality of their work is outstanding


and it’s their creativity that makes our art markets worth visiting.


Our latest venture is The Creative Exchange; where we act as a “broker” between artists and commissioners of art. We send artists to schools and community groups to make mosaics, paint murals, create textiles and build sculptures. This kind of work is more difficult to procure these days so we work hard to make sure


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