Previous Exhibitions

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.

Tom Palin – small works

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

To see three images from the exhibition click on photograph top right





Silver Birch

Silver Birch

Into the Pink

Into the Pink




Diversity in stitch, wire and wool

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.”







Cate Holland


A work from the exhibition






Focus on Phones: an exhibition by Settle Photographic Group

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 and on the ‘Settle Photographic Group’ Facebook page. Visitors are welcome to come along to any meeting.

Multiple copies of the gallery line up to support the arches of the iconic Ribblehead viaduct in this exhibit.


Winter Wonderland

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?

‘‘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

Sue and Mike at the Survive launch

Who will survive this? - launch party

Who will survive this? – launch party

One of the scenes from Shanghai that inspired the installation.

One of the scenes from Shanghai that inspired the installation.