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.

Paul Rogers – ICE-CONIC
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. 
Ice-conic introduction


Paul Rogers opens the exhibition

Paul Rogers opens the exhibition


Gallery interior

Gallery interior


Another view of the exhibition

Another view of the exhibition


Some of the exhibitsice cone 2 ice cone 3


The Magnificent Moths

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 for details.


More information at

Wingspread 34 mm. Collected at Lac Bonin, Quebec on September 8, 2006.

Jim des Rivieres at the gallery

The exhibition

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.