Over the years since we opened in 2009, we have had more than 25 exhibitions. Some of these 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.
The Christmas Exhibition 2016-17 which opened on 2 December 2016 and ran through to 14 January 2017 featured a winter wonderland with penguins sliding down a waterfall and generally having fun in a wintry landscape.
Created by the talented Settle Flagmakers Group, the knitted penguins were first seen in 2015 as part of the window display at the town’s Age Concern Charity Shop, where they proved so popular with visitors that a return was demanded.
Settle Flagmakers, under the guidance of Jeanne Carr, have provided the Christmas Exhibition at the gallery for several years. Previous displays have included an all-knitted 12 days of Christmas and, in 2016-17, Treasure Island. As usual the display included a small supply of chocolate money – this time at the bottom of the waterfall, with visitors invited to take a coin. And as in previous years, generous adult visitors added to the supply during the month that the exhibition was on display. And on the day the penguins departed Settle saw its first snow of 2017 – how fitting.
‘‘Who will survive this?’ That is the question posed by the exhibition that opened at the Gallery on September 24 and closed on November 27.
The installation was created by poet Sue Vickerman and photographer Mike Kilyon and relates to the year that the two spent working in Shanghai.
Sue says, ‘Mike’s “photographer’s eye” got really focused on the demolition and destruction of all that was old and historic, while as a writer my thoughts very much turned to apocalyptic calamities – how stable is this transformation at break-neck speed into a space-age city? Couldn’t it all fall down as quickly as it has gone up? I was thinking of the Twin Towers.’
Mike worked with Glasgow Art School to get his images digitally printed onto silk for the installation, seeking a transparent and ephemeral effect suggesting that not even our buildings whether ancient or modern, are solid and reliable any more in this massively transforming world.
The pair promise that a visit to the installation will reveal some rather unexpected answers!
Photographer Mike achieved his long-held wish to move to Settle one year ago after many years living in Baildon (Bradford). Bradford-born Sue Vickerman has lived and worked in several countries but is for the time being settled in the UK, dividing her time between Bradford and Settle.
In advance of the opening of the exhibition Sue and Mike appeared at the Saltaire Festival where their Shanghai Odyssey show featured videos, as well as Mike’s photographs, Sue’s poetry and paintings by Jane Fielder, who visited them whilst they were in Shanghai.
The photographs below show Mike and Sue at the gallery, together with scenes at the launch party held on the Green at the opening of the exhibition.
24th September – 27 November 2016.
Sue and Mike at the Survive launch
Who will survive this? – launch party
One of the scenes from Shanghai that inspired the installation.
30th July – 24th September 2016. Everyday objects in unusual perspectives, felt and textile designs and crafts by Escape Tunnel Crafts.
On escaping (or retiring) from teaching, sisters Chris Marflitt and Gill O’Donnell decided the time had come to develop their creative talents. Escape Tunnel Crafts is the result of that decision. In all their pieces they aim to look at life from a slightly “quirky” angle in order to produce items which are definitely unique. Consequently old traditions are revived to encourage the use of blossoming broomsticks as good luck symbols or to enable couples to “jump the broom”, while discarded scarves, clothes, plastic, ribbons and lace are up cycled into creative fashion accessories. Similarly everyday objects are photographed at unexpected angles to suggest letters of the alphabet and words and images merge together to suggest moods and provoke thought. Proud of their Geordie heritage, both sisters also have strong Yorkshire connections and their work reflects both their roots and love of travel while their poppies symbolise the influence of HM services in their lives.
The exhibition was previewed in the Craven Herald on 28 July 2016 Craven Herald feature
Love: Photo created using items from York Minster
21st May – 30th July 2016. Silk paintings of Yorkshire Dales scenes by local artist Christine Carradice.
Christine is a silk painter and textile artist based in Settle.
Her painting is inspired by the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales – the limestone crags, green fields, drystone walls, barns, farmhouses and flowers.
The Three Peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, from different viewpoints, all feature prominently in her work.
Christine’s pictures never have people in them. She prefers her work to show familiar scenes as places of calm and solitude just at the quiet time before people arrive and the day’s activities begin. She does, however, like to include buildings in some of her work. These pictures aim to show the last small influence of people on the landscape before the countryside opens out and the hills rise up.
A preview of the exhibition appeared in the Craven Herald on 19 May Silk paintings by local artist
April 16 to May 20 2016: To mark the visit of the Tour de Yorkshire to Settle on 29 April 2016, the Gallery on the Green staged a special exhibition looking at the links between art and the world of cycling. It began with the early days of cycling – featuring a little known work by science fiction writer HG Wells about a cycling adventure. The main attraction was a collection of postcards – showing both the variety of bike designs and the use of the bicycle in advertising and various art forms. We also included iconic posters from around the world. The exhibition was supported by Settle Town Council. See also Tour de Yorkshire The exhibition was featured in the Craven Herald on April 14.Craven Herald 14 April
One of the illustrations from
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