Yorkshire Arts and Sculpture Exhibitions not to be missed this Summer and Autumn

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Yorkshire Arts and Sculpture Exhibitions not to be missed this Summer and Autumn

Lift your spirits and enrich your soul by visiting one of the many art exhibitions happening around Yorkshire over the coming months.  It is wonderful to see places gradually reopening and coming out of hibernation.  

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Pre-Raphaelite Knights Reinventing the Medieval World                Now until further notice

The Pre-Raphaelite movement was a secret brotherhood of painters, writers and poets who rebelled against the promotion of painters like Raphael, whose work they thought looked unreal. Instead they revelled in the imagined world of fairy tales, fantasy, myths and legions. Artists such as Rossetti, Millais and Holman Hunt painted pictures of medieval knights slaying dragons, fairy tale princesses, story of chivalry galore.  

This exhibition will include paintings from prestigious UK collections including the Tate, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Guildhall Art Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery and along with paintings by some of the most famous artists there are  illustrated editions of books by William Morris and Alfred Tennyson and interactive displays.

Burton Constable Hall, Skirlaugh, Hull

Peter Ainsworth - Of Landscapes & Living Things - Art Exhibition          24 August until 21 September

For a contemporary perspective the work of Peter Ainsworth a local landscape artist is inspired by the Yorkshire Wolds. Another favourite area for painting which features in the exhibition lies just south of Sheffield in NE Derbyshire between Ford and Marsh Lane. After following an academic career, Peter, self-taught painter likes to explore how a landscape changes in mood and aspect under different weather conditions and as the seasons succeed one another.  Free with Grounds admission

Farfield Mill, Sedbergh

Andrew Burns Colwill – Unlocked            Now until September 1st

Unlocked is an exhibition of images produced on recycled materials such as old ply wood, used canvass and various paintable materials, and offers the viewer a simple and honest view of the beauty that surrounds us, and how the Landscapes and animals that share our world should never be taken for granted.

Andrew says “My work is predominately with mountains, w aterfalls, trees, rocks and the rusty rivers that crisscross the landscape, sometimes disclosing a hidden world, a world not all of us can see.”

He has led a colour life, following “an unruly childhood spent at the back of classrooms drawing and painting to keep him out of trouble” he put his artistic skills to good use painting scenic artwork for the BBC and backdrops for theatre companies. His self-confidence growing Andrew became an artist exhibiting and selling in his own right. However, his increasing emersion into his work became fuelled by addiction. He escaped to Greece to fight his demons and renew his spirt. Now back in the UK his work often reflects his passion for the environment and “the consequences of our actions if we do not look after our planet.”

Gillies Jones Glass

Rosedale Abbey, Pickering 

If you are visiting the North York Moors then do pop into the studio of Gillies Jones Glass.  This year husband Stephen and wife Kate celebrate 25 years of working together. This award-winning team produce wonderful pieces of hand blown glass, etched and inspired by the natural flowers and fauna of their surroundings. Internationally renowned for their work you can watch them working at their craft and if you are wanting to buy something of quality and truly made in Yorkshire.

RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate 

Invasive Species Exhibition       1 September 2020 to 3 January 2021

Set against the beautiful backdrop of RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate,‘ Invasive Species’ is an exhibition by the Yorkshire Sculptors Group that offers visitors the chance to see work made for the garden dealing with ideas around nature, humanity and control. 

Planning for the exhibition started last year but many of the artists found themselves changing their ideas and having to adapt their practice during lockdown. The uncertain times have led to work which often challenges the viewer to engage with ideas beyond the garden. In ‘Feminist Escape Route’ artist Paula Chambers has used macrame to construct a rope ladder from washing line and rolling pins. In this time when lockdown has forced many women back into the home it hangs, just out of reach, from the branch of a tree. Social distancing is referenced by Lewis Robinson’s ’12 x 2 = 24’, an installation made by casting the interior of 12 pairs of old shoes and boots, laid out in a 2-metre grid formation.

Christine Halsey of the Yorkshire Sculptors Group said: “To maintain the delicate balance between order and disorder within a garden, invasive species, both animal and vegetable, must be kept in check. As a group of individual artists with diverse approaches to making sculpture, we have embraced the challenge of exhibiting at RHS Harlow Carr in our own personal ways, considering the ways in which our manmade interventions have the potential to enhance, or to disrupt, the balance of this beautiful semi-natural environment. In some ways, introducing sculptural objects into a naturalistic environment like Harlow Carr might also be intrusive or invasive. It’s really up to the viewer to decide!”  Twenty five pieces by fifteen members of the Yorkshire Sculptors Group will be installed in the open air in the 58-acre garden. 

Tennants Garden Rooms, Leyburn


Exhibition: 'Lefty's North' by Martin Kinnear

22nd September – 4th October 2020

Postponed following the COVID-19 lockdown, Martin Kinnear’s new exhibition ‘Lefty’s North’ is to open at Tennants in Leyburn on 22nd September. 

A New Vision of the North

Since the Industrial revolution the North has never been as central to Britain’s future as it is today. Tennants are delighted to be able to present, this Autumn, Lefty’s North, an exclusive collection of works created during the making of Martin ‘Lefty’ Kinnear’s forthcoming debut major gallery show. Lefty’s North is a visual record of the North of Britain and how it seems to artist Martin ‘Lefty’ Kinnear to live here now, and in our time. A native son of the North, Kinnear’s affectionate and powerful work explores the tensions between poverty and privilege, industrial sprawl and sublime natural beauty, community and isolation through the places and people which define this region. Kinnear’s eagerly awaited landmark inaugural show, Regeneration will open at The Bowes Museum in November 2020, but has already seen preparatory oils from scooped up by the Paris Salon. All works will be for sale, including pieces which are to be sold on behalf of charities supported by the artist.

About the Artist - Martin ‘Lefty’ Kinnear (born 1969), is an oil painter from the industrial valley of Burnley and Pendle in East Lancashire. His works, about the people we have become and places we inhabit in post-industrial modern Britain, have won him international acclaim, including a prestigious Medaille d’ Argent at his first Paris Salon in 2018. Martin has exhibited with prestigious societies including the ROI, the RBA, at the Discerning Eye, several Affordable Art Fairs, and most recently again by invitation, in the 2019 Paris Salon with the Societie Nationale des Beaux Arts.  In 2019 he was commissioned to create a solo show by The Bowes Museum to follow up their show by Hockney and their landmark retrospective on Norman Cornish. Kinnear’s show ‘Regeneration’ will run from Winter 2020 - Spring 2021.

Paralysed on his left-hand side by a stroke at the age of 34, Lefty Kinnear is actively and passionately committed to the role of art in therapy and regeneration. Describing himself as ‘possibly the best one-armed painter in Wensley’ he is a patron of several stroke societies and champions personal development through art in his capacity as founder of the Norfolk Painting School. Lefty has studios in Wensley, from where he records his impressions of the North and in Norfolk where he has long been an established artist.

Judith Bromley Exhibition: Sun & Shadow      20th October – 1st November 2020   Monday – Sunday 9am to 5pm

Judith Bromley returns to The Garden Rooms at Tennants to bring a new selection of vibrant landscape paintings of the Dales in her new selling exhibition – ‘Sun & Shadow’.  During the turmoil of recent months, the importance of our wild spaces as a place for renewal and solace has come to the fore. In this exhibition, Judith Bromley translates the exhilaration and freedom experienced being in the high Dales onto canvas and celebrates the ever-changing relationship between land and sky.  Judith Bromley has been living and painting from her home in Askrigg in heart of the Yorkshire Dales for over forty years. She is a champion for the promotion and protection of the unique ecology of the dales and fells, a theme she explored in a national travelling exhibition from 2012-2015 ‘Climb Up to the Moor’. Judith’s inspiring and mesmerising landscapes capture the vitality of the Dales and contrast the solid immutability of the land with fleeting patterns of Sun and Shadow.

Artist’s Statement: “There is something about the transitory nature of clouds flowing over our dales landscape, which has been created by ancient geological changes over aeons of time, that draws me to watch and paint. The shadows describe the shapes of the fells and dales, patches of sun highlight fields and walls fashioned by human hands over centuries: time and space, light and shadow.  I have immersed myself again in the act of translating into paint on canvas the effect of the changing climate on cloudscapes, valley and moorland. Clouds accumulate and tower, vaporise and dissolve; they billow and roll, chase and settle. The sky reflects my churning emotions; a sudden squall, the gradual build-up of cumulus as a storm develops, the peaceful secrecy of morning mist, the fierce rage of a stunning daybreak and the glory of the setting sun. High up on the fells I experience a different perspective, an overview, on the trouble and complexities of life.  I feel passionately about our planet earth, and have got to know intimately this small part, my home”.

** The exhibition is free to enter and open to the public seven days a week. Tennants has been awarded the Visit Britain ‘We’re Good To Go’ certificate, and is set up for safe socially distanced viewing. The venue’s café and bistro are open for bookings.

The Himalayan and Sculpture Park, Ripon

3 Day Workshop - Autumn Course – Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th of October

If visiting an art exhibition inspires you to have a dabble yourself, then why not book a place on the 3 day workshop that is being run (present restrictions permitting) this autumn at the Himalayan Garden on Botanical painting. This 3-day workshop will be in a step-by-step format, with demonstration and individual tuition covering drawing, composition and watercolour techniques.

Bridget Gillespie has been a Botanical Illustrator for over 23 years. She has been awarded Gold Medals by the RHS who have purchased several pieces for their archive collection. Inspiration for your illustration can be taken from walking around the beautiful Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park. This is a 3 Day Practical Course – 10am to 4pm each day in our Information Centre. Morning refreshment of Tea, Coffee and Biscuits included each day, as well as free entry to the Garden. This is a course is suitable for complete beginners to intermediate painters. If you do not have your own equipment, a list will be supplied for you to purchase before the course begins.

Autumn Course – Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th of October – £180pp

Please call Naomi on 01765 658009 to book a place (card details will be taken over the phone).