Previous Exhibitions

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  staged a special tenth anniversary exhibition at the Folly Museum in Settle. It ran from July 6 to September 6 and told the story of how we established the gallery. It listed all the exhibitions; included many of the posters we used to promote them and included 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. The boards from the exhibition are in the NOW WE ARE TEN  section of this page.

Chris Newson – Chinese Brush Painting in the Community

brush drawings

March 15  – July 10 2020

This exhibition was due to close on May 15 but was extended until the lifting of coronavirus restrictions made it possible to change shows.

Chris Newson, is a teacher and practitioner in Chinese brush painting based in Settle. This exhibition featured her own work and showed how she  teaches this ancient and fascinating art to a variety of different local groups.

Chris’s interest in Chinese brush painting developed following her retirement from full-time work in 2008. She has learned from Chinese masters over one or two days each month for ten years, and is now a member of both the Yorkshire and the national Chinese Brush Painting societies, though such is that nature of the art that she is still technically a beginner.

Chris loves the amazing selection of natural hair brushes, the variety of papers and the Chinese watercolours with seven different reds. She grinds her own ink on a stone slate. She paints on all sorts of surfaces, including lamp shades, silk fans and now pressed cork!

Chris Newson last exhibited at the Gallery on the Green in 2013, in the snow, on her 60th birthday. Since then she has begun to exhibit in other places such as Ilkley Clarke Foley, ManyHands in Silsden, Craven Arts Studio, Skipton Art Trail and recently Le Caveau and Q Workery in Skipton.

She teaches a number of local art groups including Abbeyfield Supported Living, WI groups across Yorkshire, U3A in Craven and Barnsley, Project 6 in Keighley, hen parties, family groups and community interest companies in Silsden and Settle Community Hub. She leads some free classes and has developed publications for charity such as Cancer Support Centre.

Chris has worked in Settle for the Community and Business Hub, teaching at the Quaker Meeting House, the Hub and Victoria Hall Art Days.

She has a studio at home, overlooking fields and teaches talented and beginner pupils.

Chris can be contacted on

She also has a facebook page chrisnewsonchinnesestylepainting.


Whilst others were closed our show went on

Gallery on the Green was one of the few art galleries that remained open throughout the coronavirus lockdown, mainly because being located in a former telephone box we were unable to lock the door.

We did encourage local people  to call in as part of their  one visit out of the house for exercise purposes but asked them to limit themselves to just to one visitor in the gallery at any one time,  we also asked visitors to maintain social distancing  and  ensure they washed their hands after returning from their visit. The exhibition of works by Chris Newson  which was open in March was due to be changed on May 15, but whilst the coronavirus restrictions remained in place Chris kindly agreed to allow her exhibition to remain open.




The allotment album – half a year in provenance


18 January – 13 March 2020

Austwick-based photographer Mike Stobart visited our local allotments and gardens in  autumn 2019 to talk to the gardeners and photograph them and their produce.

Five years ago Mike returned to Yorkshire from the south coast where he had been running his ‘Brighten deli’. The shop was all about finding and selling local produce to the folks in the Kemptown district of Brighton who had hitherto had to put up with a supermarket, which was in a scruffy unloved state.

The deli was, itself, gobbled up by the financial crisis but Mike’s passion for food and provenance remains. Undeterred by the seasonal dearth of fresh produce coming out of the ground he visited a few of our many local growers and producers to photograph them and their produce.

This colourful album showing just a few images helped to brighten up the dark winter days in North Yorkshire.

Mike Stobart

Mike Stobart



Settle Drill Hall – Making Scouting Accessible to All
The exhibition
 11 – 18 January 2020
The Gallery wss delighted to provide a venue for the 1st Castleberg Scout Group to present their plans to improve the access and facilities for their base at Settle Drill Hall.  The plans were on show for a week from 11 January 2020. A member of the project team was at the gallery on several days during the exhibition to explain in detail how the scouts aim to modernise the 155 year old building that sits at the foot of Castleberg Crag by the gate to the wooded area above the town.
The project includes a new entrance with a lift for the disabled to make scouting inclusive to all and the relocation of the gate to Castleberg Crag.  Improving access to the building will enable local groups to make use of the building during the day too.  The exhibition included information about the sort of activities that might be organised in the hall provided by Settle Community Hub.
Giving young people Skills for Life is a core value of the scouting movement.  To complement this work the scouts  need to regenerate the drill hall so it can continue to support the scouts and their community through to the building’s 175th anniversary in 2040.
The date 2040 refers to an award-winning documentary about regeneration by Damon Gameau.  The message of the film is that we already have all we need, knowledge and technology to build a thriving and sustainable world for our children in 2040 (  The revamped drill hall aims to provide a suitable venue for that development.

Return of the Twelve Days of Christmas


Knitted Twelve Days of Christmas

Drummers drumming. A small part of the exhibition


16 November 2019 – 10 January 2020

Six years ago the Gallery staged one of its most popular and most imaginative exhibitions. The 78 tiny all knitted figures that act out the words of the Twelve Days of Christmas amazed visitors and set many of them reciting the lines about what their true love gave to them on each of those days of Christmas.

The eight ladies knitting who produced the exhibition are: Jeanne Carr, Catherine Holland, Shirley Crosby, Alison Tyas, Joyce Elliot, Jacqui Lewington, Betty Beesley and Janet Lillywhite. The eight came forward in response to an article in Settle Community News and their work has subsequently been displayed elsewhere in Settle after its initial appearance in the gallery. The story of the twelve days and its creators formed part of our tenth anniversary celebration exhibition at the Folly this summer and it seemed appropriate to reunite the exhibition with its first home for the 2019 Christmas exhibition.

The full story of the twelve days and it relation with other exhibitions was captured in this board from our tenth anniversary exhibition.

Settle flagmakers