Over the years since we opened in 2009, we have had almost 70 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. And in the summer of 2019 we are staging a special tenth anniversary exhibition at the Folly Museum in Settle. It runs from July 6 to September 6 and tells the story of how we established the gallery. It lists all the exhibitions; includes many of the posters we used to promote them and includes tributes from many of our previous exhibitors, including Brian May who has shown some of his fascinating collection of Victorian photographs on two separate occasions.
10 November 2018 – 11 January 2019
Many walkers know Ingleborough as the last and most challenging of the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
But there is much more to this hill than the average walker sees.
The collection of photographs that made up this exhibition illustrate how people live, enjoy and work on and around the peak.
The photographs, taken by resident Hilary Fenten, were a snapshot in time of the area’s social history, showing how people – locals and visitors – connect to the land and its communities.
The collection included a wide representation of jobs, trades, characters and events throughout the Ingleborough area and through the changing seasons.
A number of historical images, from the Back in Settle and Capturing the Past collections, were displayed alongside the portraits, to show how some things clearly change while others seem to remain constant.
This exhibition was funded through the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, led by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The exhibition at the Gallery completed a series of showings across North Craven that began at the Folly in Settle in September 2018 and included displays at both Ribblehead and Horton in Ribblesdale railway stations. The display at the Gallery was specially designed to ensure that the story of the area’s big hill fits into our own small gallery.
8 September 2018 – 9 November 2018
Canadian mixed media artist Carol Howard Donati works with fabric, paint, print, and recycled household materials.
An anthropologist by training, the focus of her art is everyday life and how it provides the framework for our human experience.
This mixed media collage installation aimed to connect the artist to our local community from a continent away. The show was a 16-card display celebrating the people of Canada.
Each of the 16, 4 X 6 cards was comprised of two hand-made surfaces stitched together, back to back: One side collaged and the other printed.
The collage side featured an abstract pattern of painted and found papers, commercial packaging, and appliquéd plastics. The print side featured telephone area codes from coast to coast across Canada hand-stamped in red and black ink.
The viewer was invited to interact and contribute to the ever-changing nature of this diversity by moving the cards to create new arrangements in the display.
Carol said: “The world is an increasingly small place: We are drawn together, not just by technology and travel, but also by our common human interests, daily activities, and overlapping histories and cultures.”
“I am inspired by connections of heritage, culture and commonwealth and the opportunity to provide a personal presence in your community”.
“A phone box makes an ideal gallery because it is familiar as an active space. I think it is wonderful. People step in ready to engage in a conversation with what they see. As I see it, this phone box is still taking calls!”
For more about Carol and her work visit
Carol Howard Donati
8 July 2018 – 8 September 2018
An installation by Aberdeenshire artist Ingrid Stephenson formed this exhibition.
Titled ARCHAOS II, the exhibition was about the evolutionary process, exploring creation and decay. It drew on Ingrid’s experience as the recording artist at archaeological digs.
The first weekend of the exhibition formed part of the Three Peaks Art Trail, featuring artists at 30 different locations across an area from Settle to Ingleton.
Ingrid Stephenson was born in the north of Scotland and is half-Dutch. Though her degree was in Fine Art she was always fascinated by archaeology, and has regularly been employed at digs all over Scotland and England.
She said –“My subject-matter tends to be bleak because my materials include dead things, bone, metals, and things in the process of decaying. Sometimes there is a dark humour in decay. I like to look forensically at a found object and identify what processes it has undergone; whether it has been hammered or worn. I like to see how things degrade.”
This exhibition followed on from a successful show, Archaos I at the renowned Bingley Gallery and formed stage two of a tour introducing Stephenson’s work to England for the first time.
Ingrid opens the exhibition on July 8 as part of the Three Peaks Art Trail
26 May – 6 July 2018
24 March – 25 May 2018
This installation looked at stone walls, stone in the landscape, even the sound of stone. It was a starting point.
The exhibition took the Gallery as a centre of operations with forays to make drawings, paintings, photographs and recordings.
Phil Moody has an MA in Visual Art and is a former band member of the ‘British anarcho-punk’ band Chumbawamba. He works in whatever medium he sees fit and makes whatever social comments he thinks necessary. To find out more about Phil and his work visit:
To see the photographs associated with this exhibition click on the stone image on the right.
Phil Moody at work
The artist officially opens the exhibition
Part of the exhibition
Inside out – Phil’s photos of the view from outside the gallery are featured within