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.
26 January 2018 – 23 March 2018
Artist and musician Kerry McKenna brought the magic and mystery of her slate paintings to Gallery in the spring 2018 exhibition.
Since it opened nine years ago the gallery, had featured local, national and international artists across a range of genres.
In featuring slate paintings we added to the range of artistic works on our portfolio.
Kerry McKenna was born in Wales but now lives with her family near to Avebury in Marlborough Wiltshire, the famous village that’s inside an ancient stone circle. Many people have been drawn to Avebury with its magical qualities and Kerry, being one, specifically likes to paint magical mystical scenes onto pieces of slate. Her husband Tom collects, cleans and cuts the slates into shapes ready for Kerry to paint.
In addition to the magic inspired scenes that were on show in this exhibition Kerry also paints commissions for people in many countries especially the USA and Canada. She also holds Art On Slate workshops teaching the techniques of slate painting.
The multi-talented Kerry is also a singer songwriter / musician and has written and produced four albums of music for Diviniti publishers. She has also written a play – film – musical concerning the plights of our forests.
For more about Kerry visit her website: Kerry McKenna slates
Part of the exhibition
26 November 2017 – 25 January 2018
The Gallery once again linked up with the inspiring Settle Stories group for the 2017-18 winter exhibition.
A hundred years after the death of Craven dialect poet Tom Twisleton the gallery and Settle Stories sought to bring back to life the words of a man who captured the essence of rural Craven in Victorian times. Settle stories worked with young people to look not just at the words but also the social issues that lay behind them and so give an insight into life in this area as seen through the eyes of a poet who lived from 1845 to 1917 and was a farmer and a temperance advocate as well as a fine wordsmith. For more on the Settle Stories project visit Settle Stories
19 September 2017 – 25 November 2017 ICE-CONIC was a collection of photographic images illustrating ‘ice cream point-of-sale models’ in a variety of different settings and circumstances.
Although made in a range of locations most, if not all, of the cones carry the same message, which is to promote the sale of ice cream, with all the pleasure and enjoyment that this entails.
As the cones become an enduring artefact of British cultural identity – icons – we thought it appropriate to exhibit the work in a now permanent, example of British iconicity, the red telephone box.
Paul Rogers has exhibited previously in the Gallery on the Green with ‘Life Line’, in the summer of 2013, and in joining Roger Taylor with a project in the spring of 2015 entitled ‘Click’.
You can click below to read an introduction to the exhibition by Dr Jill Fernie-Clarke, who was until recently Vice Principal Academic and Head of Creative Research Development at the Cleveland College of Art and Design. She has also initiated, developed and managed post graduate masters programmes in creative arts and design under the auspices of Lancaster University and the Open University.
Paul Rogers opens the exhibition
Another view of the exhibition
Some of the exhibits
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