Now we are TEN
7 July to 6 September 2019
at the Folly Museum, Victoria Street, Settle BD24 9EY
Ten years ago, in the summer of 2009, the world was starting to come to terms with the previous year’s global financial crash that threatened the deepest recession since the 1930s. The years of austerity still lay ahead, but for a brief time a former BT telephone box on the Green in Settle managed to create a few headlines with the opening of the world’s smallest art gallery (probably).
Guinness (the book of records that is) would not give official recognition to the claim to be the world’s smallest, so the Gallery turned to another brewer and took a leaf out of the Carlsberg advertising book by adding (probably) to our claim to be the world’s smallest art gallery.
Over the past decade we have gone from strength to strength with a remarkable range of exhibitions. International artists have risen to challenge of showing their work in a box that can only accommodate a couple of visitors at a time, and so too have local school students. We’ve had moth photographs and the all-knitted twelve days of Christmas, and of course Brian May – twice.
The story of our first decade was recorded in a special exhibition that went on show throughout this summer at the Folly Museum in Settle, just a few hundred yards down the road from the Gallery.
’10 Years of the Gallery on the Green’ was an exhibition celebrating our first ten years, with displays from our many artists from all over the world, reflections on what it meant to them, to our visitors and to Settle.
Here are some of the boards that went to make up the Folly exhibition, alongside some examples of the works we have shown, including the all knitted twelve days of Christmas; our visitor books; comments from exhibitors; and examples of the media coverage.
The exhibition boards