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.
8 July – 18 September 2017 Jim des Rivières photographs moths around the world. Using a desktop scanner instead of a camera, he directly captures high-resolution digital images of moths which reveal their intricate wing patterns and colours. By putting moths under a spotlight, Jim raises awareness of these important, but lesser-known, building blocks of our ecosystem.
This exhibition followed-on from his Gallery on the Green show in Summer 2010. It included 28 moth species representing a tiny cross-section of the moth species found in the immediate locale of the photographer’s home in Ottawa, Canada.
Jim has been displaying his work for more than 15 years. A feature exhibition of 45 large format moth prints was first shown at Ottawa’s Canadian Museum of Nature in 2010 and is currently touring nature museums in cities across Canada and the US and his work has featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal.
A limited edition poster was produced for the exhibition. A smaller version can be seen here settle-moths-3-poster-A4 A few copies of the 22″ x 17″ version, beautifully printed and signed by Jim are still available @£10 plus p+p contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
More information at www.moths.ca/
14 May – 8 July 2017 Award-winning artist Tom Palin, whose work has been shown in some of the country’s top galleries, displayed his paintings in the gallery over these eight weeks .
Tom Palin was born in Birkenhead. He studied in Liverpool and Manchester, and at the time of the exhibition was completing a PhD in Painting at The Royal College of Art. He teaches Fine Art at Leeds College of Art, and Drawing at Leeds Becket University. He has exhibited widely and been the recipient of: The Hunting Young Artist of the Year Award (2000), The Gilchrist Fisher Award (2004) and The British Institution Award, at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2015). Solo exhibitions include: Between then and Now (Dean Clough, Halifax, 2005), A Room with a View 2 (View Two, Liverpool, 2008) and In Two Minds (Ashton Central, 2010). Publications include: Tom Palin: Artist Statements 1993-2012 (Workshop Press, Leeds, 2013).
This exhibition consisted of 39 oil paintings. All works comprised twin hardwood panels and were made between 2011 and 2016.
Tom said this small exhibition allowed him to exhibit the group of paintings in a tiny arena, and to adopt elements of a white cube gallery space and the Salon in miniature.
The panels were arranged thematically and formally across three walls, so as to draw attention to pictorial, narrative and physical relationships within and between works.
He addsed “In my work I remain aware of painting’s possibilities as both object and image. Joining panels, horizontally and vertically, imposes a physical meeting place: a presence that carries with it a reminder of absence, in the form of an imposed and irregular gap. As images, the works serve as glimpses of places seen and remembered, then reconstituted through painterly processes.
“The small scale of the gallery permitted me to touch and see, and to feel closer to what it is that inhabits my space. In its nearness, painting becomes more akin to a seductive surface wherein things simply show up and resonate in proximity to other things.”
In order to support these works a new wooden framework was installed in the gallery. Thanks are due to the Settle-based Timberworks and the related Building Supply Company for their help in making this possible.
You can find out more about Tom on his website http://www.tompalin.co.uk/
To see three images from the exhibition click on photograph top right
Into the Pink
12 March – 13 May 2017 – an exhibition by Cate Holland –
As spring flowers started to bloom around the gallery, local artist and former art teacher Catherine Holland took as her theme for this exhibition the concept of waiting for the release that spring brings after a season of being caged in.
She says her inspiration came from news items and the things she saw around her, such as people not able to be themselves and the basic workings of the body and the mind. Because of the confines of the Gallery she adapted her work to fit on canvas sheets that hung from the roof ledges. There were three strips of canvas in total and two of them had three pieces of work attached and the centre piece had two, both of these were relief work.
Cate Holland’s interest in art using different materials started when she was young and her father, a builder and plumber, allowed her to sit with him while he drew building plans and coloured them. Her mother was also artistic and made glass pictures using tin foil wrappers off chocolates to create crinoline ladies and old English gardens.
Cate took a degree in fine art at Manchester Polytechnic and then a post graduate qualification in secondary education. While doing her degree course she worked in metal, wood and cloth and loved creating various styles of art work.
She taught art for twenty-five years to secondary school children and also taught adults. After retiring she took a City and Guild course in textiles at Craven College. This started her using materials in different ways.
The exhibition showed a cross section of her present work. She said: “I hope people enjoyed visiting the gallery. There have been many kind comments in the visitors book.”
14 January -12 March 2017
The Gallery has featured many different exhibits over the years – some exotic, some quaint and some extraordinary – but in this exhibition it returned to its origins when the focus was on phones.
Mobiles, landlines, phone boxes, phone lines, puns and jokes and all sorts of pictures of telephones, real and imaginary form the basis of Settle Photographic Group’s exhibition that ran from 14 January to 12 March 2017.
All the work was new and made at a scale that worked in the tiniest of exhibition spaces that constitutes what is probably the world’s smallest art gallery.
Settle Photographic Group is well-known in the town for the annual Photo Trail, when photos are displayed in shop windows for several weeks and then go on to the annual exhibition in Clapham Village Hall at the end of the summer.
SPG is a friendly and supportive local society for amateur photographers, offering a warm welcome to any prospective member irrespective of their experience, age, skill level or specific interest. The aim is to help every member develop their photographic skills through a varied programme of talks, demonstrations, discussions, challenges, online galleries, outings and exhibitions. Members share their knowledge about a huge range of cameras, photographic accessories and software.
Members meet at 7.30pm throughout the year on the 3rd Monday of the month at Townhead Court in Settle (opposite the Medical Centre) with additional meetings on the 1st Monday of the month from October to April. Details of forthcoming meetings and further information about the Settle Photographic Group can be found at www.settlephotos.org and on the ‘Settle Photographic Group’ Facebook page. Visitors are welcome to come along to any meeting.
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.