Below are details of all our exhibitions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for all enquiries and requests for invitations to our preview evenings.
‘Communicating with Nature’ is a joyous pop-up exhibition by 24 Craven Arts artists who are excited to be showing some of their recent work. An interesting mix of creative work from bronze and textile sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and painting to mixed media collage will be displayed. This has been a difficult time for us all, but being able to celebrate our natural surroundings and ‘Communicate with Nature’ has been a welcome release and we invite you to experience our artists’ responses to this.
'Geraniums on my Windowsill' by Joan Murray
There are no upcoming exhibitions. Between exhibitions, Mill Bridge Gallery showcases and sells a diverse range of photography and sculpture by a number of local artists
| ‘As Dusk Exhales’ explores the natural wonders of the Yorkshire Dales through a collection of intricate, textural textile sculptures and landscape paintings. Award winning artist Adele Froude, who lives in the Yorkshire Dales, finds endless artistic inspiration from the stunning countryside where she feels most at home. For this series of works, Adele focused her attention upon the latter part of the day and explores her emotional connection to what she describes as a time when the tempo slows, most people have headed home and a soothing blanket of calm descends upon the land. A time when the light softens and birds commence their evening song; swallows dip and dive, taking their fill from the abundance of insects. Rabbits, hares, the fox and others quietly emerge and take a moment to survey the land. As some carry out their final routine before settling for the night, others are eager to commence their nocturnal activities. Adele’s intricate and complex sculptures capture a moment of undisturbed natural behavior of inhabitants such as the hare, fox and swallow whilst her mixed media paintings convey the changing light, colour and textures of the landscape, whether highlighting heather, gorse or scrubland. It’s a time of day which Adele describes as the land taking a few moments to breathe, bringing about a sense of calmness, even as stormy skies may be beginning to form; when land and animals reset and when Adele feels most connected and able to join in with that deep breath and slow exhale. The combined collection of artworks provides the viewer an opportunity to connect with a moment in time where both land and animal are unaware of human disturbance, thus allowing for a privileged observation of what makes the Yorkshire Dales an area to be protected and cherished.
| This exhibition by Grassington artists Robert Keep and Mark Butler is all about ash trees, celebrating their prominence in the Yorkshire Dales and looking at the devastating impact ash dieback is having and will continue to have on the landscape.
Mark’s work focuses on the impact of the disease on the landscape, using gunpowder to create holes in maps of the Yorkshire Dales created by rust printing and ink drawing. These holes mark the locations of ash trees, giving a strong sense of loss that these majestic trees will leave behind after the full effect of ash dieback is felt. A few locations are shown in gold leaf, depicting the glimmer of hope that some trees will resist the disease and survive. These drawings are accompanied by a number of sculptures in bronze and rusted steel, exploring elements of the ash and the ash dieback fungus.
Trees have been a recurring subject in Rob's work over many years, from windswept hawthorn to majestic oaks and apple orchards. Ash had not featured up until now, and this project provided an opportunity to explore a new subject in detail. Studying the ash revealed its amazing variety and beauty, but also its significance in the local landscape and the devastating impact ash dieback will have on it. Work in pencil, charcoal, ink and paint will be featured.
| A joint exhibition by Craven Artists Gill Kirk and Helen Seth.
Gill Kirk has a passion for the local flora and landscapes of the dales, particularly her home area of Upper Nidderdale ~ ‘My Nidderdale’ ~ where a career in teaching Outdoor Education gave her an intimacy and understanding born out of familiarity. She is drawn to flora, individual hedges and trees, rocks and field patterns. Recently Gill has focused on roadside verges, and what she considers important and notable landmarks. Usually working in print she loves experimenting and will work in all mediums creating layers to give depth and texture.
Helen Seth works in fused glass and mixed media and, as a self-taught fuser, takes an unconventional approach to the medium, using her love of the colours and science of glass to create unique pieces, including trees and sheep which reflect the Dales landscape which inspires her. The resulting pieces are then combined with other media including felt and driftwood to add texture and contrast to her work. The ‘Forest Fusion’ in Helen’s exhibition is centred around a single piece which is a window into the forest outside and Helen invites you to come and look through that window into her world.
An exhibition of 3D models, paintings, drawings and set designs by Sheila Godbolt.
The “Beckett” in the title is the playwright Samuel Beckett, and the
“Box” a model for his play “Endgame”. Alongside this are paintings
and drawings associated with the design process, and also examples
of earlier models and artwork.
Sheila Godbolt was a stage designer for many years, resident designer at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester and Leeds Playhouse, guest designer for theatres from Pitlochry to Bournemouth, Belfast to Lincoln, and designer for 3 London West End productions.
A Joint exhibition featuring printmaker Anna Tosney and ceramicist Emmeline Butler. This first collaboration between these artists will showcase the best of the Yorkshire Dales – its landscape, tradition and people. The exhibition will feature prints depicting the people, agriculture and wildlife of the Yorkshire Dales, and ceramics reflecting the natural textures of limestone pavements for which the Dales is well known.
Anna specialises in drypoint, collograph and monoprint techniques. Her inspiration comes from the world around her: the changing weather and seasons, the animals in the fields, the birds in the trees, the farmers and drystone wallers at work.
Emmeline works with tactile and textured ceramics. Like Anna she is inspired by her love of nature, the countryside and the beauty of its many textures. Cracked limestone pavemen ts, tree bark, dry exposed peat, and the moorland heather are reflected in the surface patterns of her work.
| An exhibition by Ann Rutherford of large charcoal drawings which form a semi-immersive world of stone boulders, created specifically for the historic setting of Mill Bridge Gallery. The work creates a theatre of rocks and stone, inspired by a journey to the summit of a Pennine Hill, which surrounds the viewer. This exploration of the slow geological passing of time creates a space that is semi-immersive, inviting the viewer to absorb the atmosphere of the setting and the scale of the boulders. It is an experimental piece of art and the rocks surrounding the viewer could be oppressive and macabre, or fascinating and revealing. Ann Rutherford is a practicing artist working on the theme of landscape and place. Her particular interest is in revealing the secrets of the landscape in different ways and through different mediums.
‘We are in the mountains and they are now in us’. John Muir
Craven Arts Summer Art Trail
Mill Bridge Gallery will be the Hub for the Craven Art Summer Arts Trail An exhibition will show a piece of work by each of the 15 participating artists, and a brochure with a map and artists' details can be collected. Working in a variety of media, the artists are exhibiting their work at four Skipton venues: Craven Arts Studios and the Soroptomist rooms on Otley Street, and Christ Church Crypt and Hall.
The Trail Venues are open from 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, and there is a preview of the exhibition on Friday evening at 6pm, to which you would be very welcome.
The exhibition will then continue in the gallery only until Saturday August 31st.
‘Carvings in Vision’ features unique abstract carvings in wood mounted in open frames, allowing an appreciation of the tactile nature of the carving and the beauty of the wood. The sculptural forms are displayed against a backdrop of a variety of interior decor panels, allowing visitors to envisage the many ways the carvings can be displayed.
Jim’s inspiration comes from all he sees around him and shapes which emerge from doodles and sketches.
Working mainly in European Lime Jim uses skills learned and perfected during many years in the woodworking industry. Now his love of the tactile qualities of wood and working with his hands is expressed in carving in the abstract.
| An exhibition of paintings by Bev Parker will take visitors to the heart of Skipton's heritage with a celebration of northern sheep and a focus on the Yorkshire Dales and its hardy Swaledale breed. Vibrant watercolour and mixed media paintings of British sheep breeds promote an understanding of their intrinsic qualities and northern upland farming practices. Other textural works suggest the distinctive, often wild and rugged habitats upon which these hardy native breeds continue to thrive.
Yan (meaning one),Tan (two) Tethera (three) is a sheep-counting number rhyme traditionally used by shepherds in Northern England.
| Jody Lawson’s ‘Invertebrate Project’ combines elegant beauty with aberrant horror, portraying a selection of insects, arachnids, mollusks and other invertebrates in a variety of media and styles.
With an interest in nature from a young age, Jody’s education spans various sciences, arts and media culminating in an Honours Degree in Film Production.
Recognising the importance of personal emotional connections for cinematic audiences, Jody uses a similar concept when producing artwork. Come and take a look!
| A Moment in Time, Time in a moment.
A first solo exhibition by photographic artist Christine Yardley who has a passion and drive to help keep traditional technology alive through science and art based work using alternative photographic processes. Cyanotypes, Photograms, and Sun prints are used both individually and sometimes with processes in combination, creating multi-layered imprints/images. Christine is an imaginative, innovative builder of imagery, inspired and captured by the magic of light as a medium. She is motivated, and moved by memories, nature, culture, the real and the surreal; fantasy, magic, dreams, and the unbelievable.
Both uplifting and thought-provoking, the exhibition combines pottery by Ikaria Ceramics and mixed media paintings by Marisa Marquez and reflects the influences of the beautiful landscapes, seas and sunshine of the Greek and Spanish islands.
Richard (Bill) Smith and Eleni (Elli) Tsakalou’s ceramics are influenced by many years living and travelling in Greece and the Greek islands of Leros, Crete and Ikaria.
Bill’s pieces are colourful and multi-layered, using the sgraffito technique of surface decoration, multiple layers of coloured clay slips applied over the basic form. Between these layers he paint symbols or figures which only become visible when the surface is cut to reveal the underlying colours.
Elli’s work captures the flowing sensual forms found in all plant and animal life, both above and below the seal. She works with Parian Porcelain, which when fired gives the impression of sculptured marble.
Marisa’s paintings are inspired by her travels and her love of Yorkshire: the beauty of nature, rugged landscapes, and changing skies. Her mixed media collages, use acrylic, fabrics, sand and other found materials. They are her responses to the beauty she sees around her: uplifting works inspired by the joy Marisa finds in nature and the process of creating. Her paintings are her way of sharing her passion and the positive feelings art can evoke.
| More interested in portraying the way a place feels than the way it looks, Louise’s mixed media paintings hover between abstraction and representation.
Louise took a break from painting when she left Yorkshire and moved to New York. In 2012 she came home, and within weeks of moving into her Lothersdale home, she was inspired to set up a studio and return to her first love – painting the evocative Yorkshire landscape.
“This body of work is informed by my time away,” she says. “I now understand and appreciate the deep connection I have with this place and I feel driven to share that through my art.”
A preview exhibition of work by artists who will be exhibiting at Mill Bridge Gallery during 2019. Also a chance to buy greatly reduced pieces of art in our end-of-line ceramics and print browser sale.
A joint exhibition by Craven Artists Nicole Dickinson and Howard Gardiner. Nicole's beautiful, evocative paintings feature alongside Howard's unique ceramic vessels, together creating an oasis of calmness, colour and harmony which captures the mood and atmosphere of other places and other worlds both near and far, in time and place.
| A solo photographic exhibition by Sam Carlin. Smoke and Mirrors captures behind the scenes images of young men transforming into their alter egos as drag queens, moments before taking to the stage.
An experiential exhibition by Craven Artist Adele Froude. The natural textural beauty of forests and its ancient folklore, often dark and born of superstition, is explored through the mediums of needle felting, needlework, paint and sculpture, in both 2D and 3D forms. The exhibition incorporates the sounds and earthy smells of the forest along with descriptions of the folklore or symbolism associated with each piece.
An exhibition of works by Hannah Chesterman.
Using traditional methods of painting and drawing and cyanotypes, the theme of Hannah's exhibition explores the relationship between nature and man made structures in the rural landscape. She investigates how we view abandoned architectural remains of the industrial revolution when they return to nature as wildlife, flora and fauna settle back in. Sites that are now places of outstanding natural beauty were once sites of heavy industry where danger, hard toil and mortality were ever present. The view point of the men and women who worked, lived and died there can scarcely have been one of appreciation of their environment in the same way as it is for modern man. Traces of activity are all that remain and we can easily see scarred and interrupted landscapes by using modern technology such as Internet satellite maps as well as by visiting on foot. And as nature reclaims and regenerates, these structures still remain as quiet monuments to our industrial heritage and to a very different way of life. From the Alum quarries on the East coast of Yorkshire, to Yarnbury lead mines and The Hoffmann Kiln at Craven Limeworks in the Yorkshire dales to far flung places such as the island of Mousa in Shetland, Hannah's enduring love of Northern Landscapes shines through in this interesting, eclectic and sometimes humorous exhibition.
Mill Bridge Gallery will be the Hub for the first Skipton Summer Art trail, featuring artists from Craven Arts, at a number of venues around Skipton. Call in to the gallery, to see one piece of work by each artist taking part and to collect a map.
| An exhibition of digital collage and mono prints by Carolyn Hird=Rogers
'Lost’, a winter project: "During the winter months 2017-18 my attention was drawn to the many abandoned gloves, usually alone without their partner, seen around the streets and parks of Skipton. I was struck by how lonely and un-loved they looked, lying in the gutter or trampled into the mud. I started documenting them, photographing them, noting their location. Most were dark and gloomy, but every so often there would be a patch of bright colour, cheerful and happy in their predicament, optimistically draped over a railing or balanced on a stick, hoping to catch their owners eye and to once more snuggle up to their pair."
‘In the Landscape’, a spring and summer project: "Inspired by the dramatic landscape, colours and quality of light of the Dales and Moors National Parks, plus an interest in 1950s Scandinavian pattern design has led to the development of this new body of original landscape images."
A solo exhibition by Craven Artist Mike Smith, featuring a number of his recent reduction lino-prints which reflect his many interests. Each captures a momentary coming together of disparate elements and perspectives.
An exploration of heavenly Yorkshire landscapes in monoprint, linocut and bronze by Artist/printmaker Helen Peyton and sculptor Mark Butler.
| In the first of a series of exhibitions in collaboration with Craven Arts, Bridget Tempest is showing series of lithographs inspired by French poet Yves Bonnefoy’s 1972 prose work, The Arriere-pays.
As described by Harry Eyres, “ The arriere-pays for Bonnefoy is not somewhere you could find on a map, but a place that might have been, or might still be: it is the land that lurks around the corner, just beyond the end of the road, or down the road you did not take”
Lenka and George of praguemarionette.com visit Skipton for the weekend bringing some of their amazing creations and the spirit of a Czech Christmas to the gallery.
Lenka will demonstrate the carving and manipulation of marionettes and glove puppets, from 12-3pm on both days.
A small number of puppets will be available to purchase.
The BADART project was set up in 2016. It is an international organisation. In the editorial of its first journal it stated, “We want to fight for access to the arts for all. We want to protect art’s freedom to be itself, whatever genre it falls into. But above all we want to fight for a world where art, artists and all working people can truly flourish.”
Dedicated to fighting against the closure of libraries, museums, community projects and other public sector services, the participants in this exhibition provide thought provoking and challenging ideas. Additionally, this show also confronts our general perceptions in regard to such concepts as “Socialist art” or “Socialist Realism.”
Bringing together a variety of participants, including artists who have exhibited in London and International galleries, there are others who are exhibiting locally for the first time.
Using a wide range of visual mediums, including paintings, cartoons, and sculptural boxes, this show displays a variety of styles and processes.
The preview of the exhibition is on the 6th October from 6.30pm. The artists will be present on the evening. Please contact the gallery for more information.
A winter exhibition of new work by a selection of our gallery artists. Perfect for discovering a unique Christmas gift, for someone special.....maybe just for you!
Image "Pendle in Winter" by Paul Edmondson
| Imagined Urbanscapes features Daniel Shiel’s latest photographic work; a response to psychogeographical adventures into forgotten and overlooked urban landscapes and the wastelands at the border of urban and rural environments.
Daniel extracts specific details from photographic images, isolates them from their original context and combines them into fresh and unfamiliar landscapes. The resulting structures have a surreal quality and become remote landscapes and settings of questionable and unsettling perspective and narrative.
‘This is an artist that is intrigued by aspects of our lives, our communities, our environment, places that seem to remain largely invisible to us, whether as objects, structures, or parts of structures. He explores places that seem to so easily become part of the overlooked, the unseen, and in many cases, the unseeing.’
John Hopper (Inspirational 9, 2016)
An exhibition of work by artist John Cockshaw.
Inspired by the epic writing of JRR Tolkien, this collection of digital photomontage supplemented by occasional drawings presents a very subtle approach to the subject of Fantasy. The dramatic force of nature and the characteristics of a given landscape are emphasised over fantastic events or characters. The frame of reference is 19th Century Romantic Painting, a lush sense of the cinematic and a loving tribute to Yorkshire beauty spots.
Guest contributor and Archaeologist Shaun Richardson exhibits detailed 'invented' archaeological drawings of Middle-earth that make reference to locations in The Yorkshire Dales
|A solo exhibition by skipton artist Carolyn Hird-Rogers.
Initially trained and working as a ceramic designer, Carolyn's love of line and structure has led to her developing a digital drawing style. Inspired by the semi-rural environment of Skipton on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, images emerge from the landscape to be re-created on greeting cards and framed prints, capturing the essence of the wild beauty found here. Her exhibition at Mill Bridge Gallery developed from images taken over a period of time along one particular track. Running alongside the Leeds - Liverpool canal it was an ancient route for the monks of centuries past to travel along, and its wild plants and animals feature in her current work.
A solo exhibition by Judy Sale
Judy's vibrant, bold mixed media canvasses were made after recent travels to Thailand, Laos and Bali, and also at her past home in Italy and current home in Yorkshire. Digital photographs, oils, acrylics, and charcoal are applied freely using her favourite tools: palette knives and fingers!
Sat 6th - Sun 7th June and Sat 13th - Sun 14th June
We will be exhibiting the work of sculptor Geoff Rushton as part of North Yorkshire Open Studios. Geoff is an abstract sculptor working mostly with wood from windfallen trees which he gets from the fields surrounding his home. His sculptures reflect his interests in biology, growth, patterns in nature, insects and science fiction. His latest work focuses on showing off the grain of the wood as well as patterns and textures created using a wood-burning pen, he has also created some new fungal and human form pieces.
Find out more at nyos.org.uk
The Surrealist-inspired photo-collages of Peter Harris.
A fund-raising preview/exhibition for Craven RSPCA. Guest photographic group ‘Over the Moon’ and Mill Bridge Gallery photographers and sculptors present a variety of artwork reflecting the diversity and beauty of other species who inhabit our world, and our often inconsistent relationship with them.
A solo exhibition by artist and photographer Paul Edmondson.
We had a stand at this new Northern art fair, displaying a variety of work
Photography and sculpture to brighten winter days.
A selection of our artists‘ favourite works in black and white.
An exhibition of photography and sculpture capturing the contrasting landscapes of the county of Yorkshire. Part of Skipton‘s Yorkshire Day celebrations (August 1st-4th).
Featuring sculpture by Ken Jaquiery, Geoff Rushton, and photography by Tony Crossland.
A selection of images from the joint project by Mark Butler (photographer) and Sarah Butler (writer).
The final set of images will form a book of landscape photographs of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with accompanying texts exploring the relationship between the landscape and its guardians.
Seen through the lens of a selection of our photographers.
A variety of images reflecting landscape and life on a diverse continent, featuring guest photographer Juan Sebastian Pinilla.
A seasonal exhibition by local photographers.