About Us 

Layla Khoo and Pete Bennison 

We moved to Kirkbymoorside in 2017 after falling in love with Ryedale, and jumped in feet first buying the old HSBC building.   

With a background in the arts and first hand knowledge of how difficult and important it is to find artistic working spaces, it didn’t take long to decide that this was the best possible use for the building, after completing the much needed renovations. And so Vault Studio Space was created.   

The studios are opening in stages, as the building is being developed. The first range of studios are now open and available to rent – as individual or shared work spaces. Further artistic and learning spaces will become available as the project develops.   

Pete has a working background in construction, currently teaches in the 3D workshops at York College and is a practising artist. Layla has a working background in project management, currently works as a gallery manager, is studying for an MA in ceramics and glass, and is also a practising artist. We take a hands on approach to managing the studios (we live upstairs!) and are looking to develop a  creative community environment to work within.