New arts programme to launch in Selby

January 26, 2023

Talented residents will soon have the opportunity to feature in a new arts programme based in Selby.

The Winter Arts Programme, developed by arts commissioner Mediale, will launch on Saturday, February 11 and aims to bring the community together with a series of art installations, events and creative workshops. The programme is part of a wider project named Selby Creates which celebrates people, creativity and digital art in Selby.

The project will exhibit a number of projects shown across town centre venues, including a collaborative digital programme by artist Kit Monkman - named ‘People We Love: Selby’, a Virtual Dance Studio with Alexander Whitley Dance Company, ‘Creative Coding’ with Antonio Roberts and a piece named Inner Horizons by Cat Scott, with more soon to be announced. Tom Higham, founder and creative director of Mediale, explained: “Since moving to Selby in January 2022, we have connected with a wide range of partners including the local council, artists, art organisations, young people and charities, to explore how we can support cultural development in the area. We are now working with our new neighbours to co-develop this exciting series of art works and cultural engagement which celebrate Selby’s creative community.”

To help produce their first art installation, Mediale are encouraging locals to bring forward a photograph of someone they hold most dear. The photos will feature in a three-floor mounted dynamic showing of residents in Selby Abbey. Those taking part will also be part of a short film shot on Tuesday, January 24 and Wednesday, January 25 at the St Nicholas Centre in the Abbey, where they will be filmed gazing at their submitted photo. Participants must be aged over 16, (with those under 18 accompanied by an appropriate adult) and available for filming on the dates specified. In a statement released by Mediale, the arts agency said: “Mediale is looking for a diverse range of residents to take part in this beautiful and timely work that centres around that bonds us all: love. “For those wanting to take part, all that we ask is that you bring a photo of the person you love. We will never ask who it is, or why you’ve chosen it and no-one views the final artwork will ever know who you are looking at.” The final, filmed portraits will make the People We Love art piece - on display at the Abbey from Saturday, February 11 to Sunday, March 19, 2023.

Each participant will appear on screen for a few minutes as part of a continuing repeating cycle. To sign up for a filming slot, please visit The arts agency will available to answer any further questions via email at

People We Love: Selby, part of the Winter Arts Programme will feature a wonderful display of Selby residents and their loved ones. (19-01-221 SU)

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