Over the years since we opened in 2009, we have had over 20 exhibitions. A selection are available online. We hope you will enjoy browsing these pages. If you live far from Settle, perhaps it will whet your appetite to pay us a visit.
Fleur Olby specialises in photographing plants. Her exhibition “Green on White” is nature in a studio setting, a series of studies that invites us to consider the perfection and symmetry of plant forms through the use of a minimal tonal range and simple abstraction. The series was specially selected for the Gallery on the Green from her book ‘Fleur: Plant Portraits’.
For generations Settle has actively celebrated Royal Events with communal gatherings, elaborate triumphal arches, brass-bands, fancy dress parades, sporting events and more besides. Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, for example was marked by the planting of a sycamore on the Green in Upper Settle where it still stands to this day, a splendidly mature tree that is now home to a small colony of rooks. The folk of Upper Settle seem to have celebrated royal events with particular enthusiasm, erecting their own ceremonial arches, and gathering together for group photographs to mark the occasion.
For this exhibition we are presenting a visual history of these celebrations through photographs and printed ephemera from Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 to 1953 and the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Many of these photographs have not been exhibited before and together present a picture of Settle’s committed response to royal events at a time when it was still possible to build elaborate and complex structures directly over the main streets in a way that would be unthinkable today. The more recent photographs may even include some people you might know – see if you can spot some old friends or relatives there!
By a neat coincidence of history, the K6 phone box in which the Gallery on the Green is housed was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott as a commission to commemorate King George VI’s Silver Jubilee in 1935.
The Gallery on the Green is indebted to The Museum of North Craven Life and John Reid for generous access to their collections
“With photography, I like to create a fiction of reality. I try and do this by taking society’s natural prejudice and giving this a twist.” For over fifteen years Martin Parr has photographed the changing use of the mobile phone as he travelled the world as one of the world’s leading documentary photographers. This exhibition is a visual delight as it traces the use of the mobile phone in widely different cultures and contexts, from Ascot to Argentina and from Scarborough to Seoul. It reveals the way in which the mobile phone has entered society everywhere where it is now used as a tool of social networking; a political tool of influence; an encyclopaedia of information, a fashion accessory; a means of emancipation; and a means of documenting one’s own private world through its camera and video capture. And now the culture of “apps” has begun to extend its use into new worlds of data and entertainment in ways that were unimaginable when Parr began this series. They are everywhere and anywhere, and it is a sweet irony that we should be celebrating its dominance in our culture when it is this technology that led to the decommissioning of the K6 phone box which now houses the Gallery on the Green. More information at www.martinparr.com/
Mariana Cook’s exhibition featured a selection of stunning black and white images from her book on stone walls around the world. This fascinating study highlights the similarities and differences between the use of this most basic of material. Familiar scenes from the Yorkshire Dales are contrasted with walls from places around the world including Peru, Majorca, Ireland and North America. More information at www.cookstudio.com/
A collection of original life drawings by a group of artists from various parts of Craven, who meet in Threshfield to create drawings and studies. The artists are Carine Brosse, David Cook, Jackie Denby, Val Emmerson, Phil Fraser, Lavinia Hardy, Rob Keep, Chris Murray, Ruth Shepherd, Tony Stephenson, David Thomas, Jo Thompson, Helen Wheatley, Alison Woods.
This exciting documentary photography project by photographer, Martin Shakeshaft, set out to illustrate some of the changes that have been faced by mining communities in Britain, since the 1984 Miners’ Strike. The project spans twenty-five years and consists of fourteen triptychs. Alongside each original photograph taken in 1984/85, there is a contemporary colour landscape taken from or near the original location and a contemporary portrait of someone featured in the original image.In 1984 when the dispute started there were 170 collieries in the UK, twenty-five years later there are only 4. Martin’s poignant images look back at the lives of some of those people affected and also the longer-term effects on the communities involved. www.martinshakeshaft.com/
Tactile and visual images of local scenes and other subjects. The exhibition featured work by four Settle-based artists who used a variety of techniques, including machine embroidery and textile printing.
Brian May, renowned guitarist/song-writer of the legendary band Queen, is less well-known for his lifelong passion for stereoscopic, or 3D, photography. A product of over 30 years exhaustive research, A VILLAGE LOST & FOUND presents an exquisite set of stereo photographs showing the life of an Oxfordshire village 150 years ago. These beautifully reproduced photographs by pioneering stereographer T.R. Williams reveal a rural idyll that was fast disappearing. See www.londonstereo.com/book.html
From September to November 2010, we featured work by Yorkshire-based, internationally acclaimed photographer Tessa Bunney (see www.tessabunney.co.uk). Tessa has travelled widely and built a reputation on her particular interest in different landscapes and how they are shaped by activity. Between September 2006 and May 2008 she spent two six month periods in Vietnam, exploring the suburbs and villages around the capital city of Hanoi. Around 75% of Vietnamese people currently live in the countryside, but as Vietnam moves towards urbanisation, the country’s agricultural labour force faces the prospect of losing its land (and its way of life) to urban projects. Families are sustaining themsleves by turning increasingly to the creation of various products in rural areas. These ‘craft villages’ have become the meeting place between rural and urban, agriculture and industry. Tessa’s vivid images capture the details of daily life with great insight. www.tessabunney.co.uk/
Jim des Rivieres collects and photographs moths from his local area around Ottawa. Instead of photographing them directly, he has developed a special technique using a flatbed scanner. Jim is passionate about moths and their contribution to biodiversity. The 27 moth species depicted in this show are a tiny cross-section of the macromoth species found in the photographer’s immediate locale of Ottawa, Canada. More information at www.moths.ca/