James Owen Thomas art exhibition

Visit Swanley Grange workshop to see artworks created by Nidderdale artist James Owen Thomas.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

James Owen Thomas became a volunteer at Fountains Abbey in 2015 when he was 14 years old and he enjoyed working with the wildlife team for 5 years. He also became a World Heritage Youth Ambassador at Fountains Abbey, completing his Final Phase for the World Heritage Youth Ambassadors Accreditation.

Now an award-winning environmental artist who turns unwanted material into something creative and unique, James has been described as “an artist with a different vision and innovative way of working”. His art has been called “truly inspiring and thought provoking”.

James is a Tree Council Ambassador supporting the Force for Nature campaign and also a COP26 One Step Greener Ambassador. He received an invitation to 10 Downing Street and to COP26 Glasgow in 2021. A letter dated 17th January 2022 from the Prime Minister recognises James’ artwork in relation to COP26 and to all the fundraising James has done through his artwork. James’ art is highlighting issues of the environment and single use products as he turns things discarded by others into a medium for expression.

James will be demonstrating and talking about his artwork on Monday 8, Saturday 13, Sunday 14 and Friday 19 August.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Prices

Admission
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £18.70 £17.00
Child £9.40 £8.50
Family £46.80 £42.50
1 adult, 2 children £28.10 £25.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 14
N/A £16.15
Group Child
Minimum group size 14
N/A £8.08

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

National Trust & English Heritage members can visit free of charge as part of their membership. Please bring your membership card with you. We do not accept CSSC cards.

The basics

Meeting point
The exhibition will be on display in Swanley Grange workshop, a 5 minute walk from the Visitor Centre.

Contact Info

Name
Estate Office
Email
fountainsabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01765 643160

Upcoming events

Nature detective spotter sheet

Tue 16 Aug 2022
10:00-16:30
Get ready to be a nature detective with a free spotter sheet...

Still Time to Wonder. A new exhibition by Joe Cornish

Tue 16 Aug 2022
10:00-17:00
Imagine a stillness which will likely never come to this place again. Through the lens of Joe Cornish, explore the tactile beauty of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal over three years and during the silence of the coronavirus lockdown.

James Owen Thomas art exhibition

Tue 16 Aug 2022
10:00-17:00
Visit Swanley Grange workshop to see artworks created by Nidderdale artist James Owen Thomas.

Mini tree sleuth trail

Tue 16 Aug 2022
11:00-12:30
Have fun learning how to use leafy clues to solve the mystery of which tree is which.

Garden and Abbey Tour

Tue 16 Aug 2022
11:00-12:30
Fountains Abbey became the greatest folly of all when John Aislabie created his water garden at Studley Royal. See the abbey as the Georgians did on this guided tour.

Family crafts at Swanley Grange

Tue 16 Aug 2022
11:00-15:00
Get crafty in Swanley Grange during the summer holidays.