Sahara Portrait

Diane in the desert

Diane in the desert



24 May – 6 July 2019

No it’s not a mirage. Our new exhibition brings the Sahara Desert to Settle.

Artist and children’s illustrator Diane Simcoe explains how she came to take this remarkable collection of photographs in January 2009.

“A casual conversation by a dirty river in east London led to a big adventure riding shotgun in a vintage 4 wheel drive from Here to Timbuktu.

“Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali national borders fade while the rich colours of the Saharan people grow brighter every mile.

“Bedouin, Sahrawis, Fulani, Dogon, Songhay,  Bambara,  Tuareg, Kel Tamasheq,  the photographs  try to capture something of the generosity, humour,  rich cultural textures and  joyful sense of community of the Saharan people.”

After leaving a ukulele and a piece of her heart in the desert she hopes to return one day.

Diane now lives in Settle and joined the Gallery on Green team last year.

We are grateful to her for stepping in when the planned exhibition Beckett in a box had to be cancelled for technical reasons (see note under future events).