Stockroom Cinema rated 5*

Last week, the Leeds International Film Festival came to Keighley. Our specially built Stockroom Cinema opened it’s doors on Wednesday 15th November 2023 for the first time for the screening of the documentary, From Where We Stand.

Keighley's Stockroom Cinema

This was followed by numerous films on Saturday 18th November, namely a showing of Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train, a documentary about an infamous New York City video store and the Yorkshire Short Film Competition.

The events were all a sell out and the audience enjoyed a very comfortable cinema experience complete with a licensed bar serving specially branded Virtuous ale from Kirkstall Brewery and retro tuck shop.

Tuck shop at Stockroom Cinema Keighley

The film festival has now ended but the positive feedback about the space has already led to enquiries from people wanting to use the Stockroom Cinema for various other arts such as spoken word, comedy and theatre.

To enquire about using the Stockroom Cinema and theatre space, please email


Brilliant workshops for Keighley kids

Keighley Creative’s I Am Brill project is focused on celebrating the people of the local community and their brilliant talents.

As we approaching the 100 year anniversary of the opening of the Mechanics Institute, local artists are keen to highlight the town’s successes, not just in history but today, and celebrate the potential that the children of Keighley have and to help them feel brill!

I am Brill workshops

I Am Brill workshops are being held across town to give the opportunity for lots of Keighley people to be creative, show off their talents and make fun stuff from recycled materials.

Anyone is welcome and the aim is to make brilliant things whilst talking about what makes our community brilliant.

These workshops are all in preparation for our big I AM BRILL disco on Friday 12th January 2024.

To find out more about the I Am Brill workshops and project, please follow our social media @keighleycreative


International film festival comes to Keighley

Keighley Creative and The Unit have been chosen to host a pop-up cinema for the upcoming Leeds International Film Festival and will be screening a number of films from our base on Cooke Street in Keighley town centre.

Stockroom Cinema sign

A key part of the festival is showcasing local stories so at our all new Stockroom Cinema we will be screening the Yorkshire Short Film Competition on Saturday 18th November at 4pm. And we will have other film screenings that day and on 15th November.

Building the Stockroom Cinema in Keighley

To host the event, we are specially building the Stockroom Cinema, within our current premises, which will welcome up to 32 attendees with access to a tuck shop and specially brewed beer courtesy of Kirkstall Brewery.

Tickets are free but very limited. Visit for more info.

LEeds International Film FEstival in Keighley

Spooky Spellbook workshop

What a Spooktacular Saturday we had at Keighley Market!
Thanks to all our creepy crafters that came and made spooky spell books.
And well done to all the market traders for joining in the Halloween fun. It was lovely to see the market so busy.
Look out for our upcoming arts and crafts events that are free and family friendly.

Half term Happenings

Keighley Creative are always keen to offer affordable and fun arts activities for local children over the school holidays. This October half term we wanted to link workshops to our upcoming I Am Brill project, celebrating the talents of Keighley people.

Pom-pom workshop Keighley half term

So on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th October, we ran the Pom-pom Making Extravaganza, welcoming everyone, whatever their age to pop in and get pom-pomming.

The event was held at the old Beales fashion store within the Airedale Shopping Centre in Keighley, which is currently home to the Mega Drawing Box.

The finished pom-poms will be used to make fabulous creations for our upcoming I Am Brill disco, scheduled for Friday January 12th 2024.

For more information on joining in with our I Am Brill project, please follow our social media @keighleycreative

Brilliant pompoms Keighley
Monday Group Ongoing

Exhibition of Monday Creative group’s work

Many of our followers have been keen to find out more about our Monday Creative group for those affected by dementia so we decided to have an open day to promote our Arts for Brain Health project.

Therefore on Tuesday 17th October 2023 we opened the doors at Keighley Creative and hosted a small exhibition of artwork and stories created by our Monday Creative: Living Well with Dementia group throughout the day.

Monday Creative exhibition Keighley

Visitors were invited to drop in any time to meet the Arts for Brain Health facilitators, Ailsa and Carine, and view the beautiful artwork and inspiring stories that have been created by the group attendees over the last year.

The open day aimed to show more about what the group offers and allow people the opportunity to see if the Monday Creative group might be good for you and a family member.

Papier mache hygs created by Monday Creative group - art for people affected by dementia

To find out more about the Monday Creative group, please email


Mega Drawing Box did not disappoint!

Wow, what a weekend! The Mega Drawing Box welcomed 100s of people into a disused department store to get creative and what a success it was.

Lots of smiling faces and fabulous feedback. Thank you Keighley people for embracing it and attending in such numbers and a huge thank you to all of our artists, facilitators, performers and volunteers for making it such a fabulous weekend!

What next for the Mega Drawing Box??? Watch this space!


We won in the Keighley business awards

Keighley Creative won an award and what a wonderful evening we had!

The Keighley & Airedale Business Awards was held at Victoria Hall and the team put on a fabulous do and Keighley Creative’s team were chuffed to win the Creative Services Business of the Year prize. Thank you to Aireworth Vets for sponsoring it.

We were up against tough competition in our friends, Charles Waller Photography and Hairavanti, and it was lovely to all be up on the stage together.

Keighley and Airedale Business Awards
Image credit: Bob Smith

Huge thanks to the organisers, the sponsors and everyone who attended. It was a real celebration of Keighley and it’s people.

Keighley and Airedale Business awards finalists
Image credit: Bob Smith

The Drawing Box is going MEGA!

A MEGA FREE EVENT is coming to Keighley the weekend of the 7th (10am-5pm) and 8th (11am-4pm) October.

This interactive, live art event will be led by a team of 8 professional artists ably assisted by the Keighley community.

Visitors will get the opportunity to manufacture their own drawing tools and to use them in our huge MEGA Drawing Box in the heart of Keighley town centre.

So we need as many people as possible to come fill this huge blank canvas and make their mark!

Drawing Box Keighley
Image credit: Steve Rayner

Everyone will be creating art alongside a schedule of dance and music performances including the fabulous Bradford Belles, the Art Doctors and Mobius Dance so there will be lots to see and do!

WARNING! Things could get messy!!!

Everyone is welcome, it’s free and no need to book. Just turn up on the day!

For more info, please follow our social media @keighleycreative


Let Brilliant Talents Shine Forth

You may have noticed something illuminating in Keighley today. A quote has appeared on the front of Keighley Library that is taken from a document from the original Mechanics Institute that was on North Street.

The idea of the Mechanics Institute was to educate Keighley folk, to let their brilliant talents shine forth, and bring positive change to town by increasing opportunities. An amazing and inspiring message.

The artwork has been designed by local artist Letty McHugh as part of the BDisLiT festival and Keighley’s winter celebrations.

The library was chosen as the location for this non-permanent art installation as it is a place for learning and because of its links to the Mechanics Institute.

We think it’s brill!

Thank you to local Dan Jerwood for the photo.