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Focus on...David Ward
7 September – 14 December 2019

Landscape photographer, teacher and writer David Ward will be our ‘Focus on…’ featured photographer from 7 September to 14 December 2019. 

David will be showing prints from his new photographic series Overlooked.

This is a unique opportunity to view the current trends in David’s work and to purchase one of his prints.

The exhibition launches at 2pm on Saturday 7 September.
Everyone is welcome to attend

'Reality is fractal, with an infinite depth of complexity. The grand vista easily seizes our attention but we often let our eyes glance past the details from which that vista is constructed. These photographs seek to express beauty found in the mundane, the walked upon, the passed by, the overlooked.'   David Ward 2019

Focus on...

Kate Somervell

Saturday 11 May – Saturday 11 August 2019

Kate Somervell is the first photographer to be under the spotlight as part of our new 'Focus on" feature which runs from Saturday 11 May - Saturday 11 August. North Yorkshire based Kate is particularly drawn to black and white imagery and will be exhibiting both digital prints and a specially made series of photogravures.

Kate will be in conversation with Joe Cornish at the Galleries on the afternoon of Thursday 16 May and will also be joining us for 'Meet the Photographer' events on Saturday 8 May and Saturday 13 July.

Kate Somervell image montage

Evolving Landscapes

Light & Land group photographic exhibition

30 March - 27 April 2019

We are delighted to exhibit Evolving Landscapes in association with Light and Land. This touring exhibition looks at how landscape photography has evolved and developed over the last 25 years by focusing on the work of 20 photographers associated with Europe’s leading photography tour company. The exhibition will feature the work of 20 photographers, including Light & Land founders Charlie Waite and Sue Bishop, as well as Joe Cornish, Paul Sanders, Valda Bailey and many more.


The World Within : The World Without

Photographs by Graham Cook

9 March - 13 April 2019

Graham Cook’s first solo show presents a view of the world that is determined by an expression of personal feelings. Graham sees ‘life’ in all objects, regardless of how inanimate they seem - a life that is hidden, waiting to be revealed. The landscape, becomes an imaginary place, one that invites dreaming, where imagination can provide an escape for the artist and the viewer.

The exhibition launches at 4:30pm on Saturday 9th March.

iPhone prints: by Joe Cornish

10 March - permanent display

In the visual arts, practice and preparation are essential. In sculpture that means making a maquette. In painting, the process is characterised by drawing or sketching, whether with pencil, charcoal or watercolour. Eventually the process leads to a definitive piece, perhaps a bronze sculpture, or a major easel painting, incorporating many of the ideas explored in preparation.

Perhaps photographers have always practised too...by making photographs. The evidence for this is preserved in the rolls of film and contact sheets of famous photographers. We see many 'almost-but-not-quite-moments', but there is one where everything seems to come together. The definitive exposure's special status is then reinforced through the interpretation of the printing process, which becomes the finished work.

Over the last four years or so my sketching process has been done with a smart phone. These remarkable hand-held super computers make more sense than a digital compact because they are almost always with us. The screens are far larger and brighter than a digital compact. and finally, the phone manufacturers have revolutionised the technology, so that their native jpeg image output is more appealing than that of a conventional camera.

The exhibition aims to acknowledge the value and significance of the smartphone, at least as it relates to my creative process. We enjoy and appreciate sketches, drawings and cartoons of artists from history, so I feel it is only fair to ask, in the context of contemporary stills photography, has the phone now become the sketchpad and notebook of our time?

Joe Cornish (March 2018).

Rock legends: by Paul Berriff

16 February - 12 April 2018

Back by popular demand! Black and white portraits of pop and rock legends, from The Beatles to Sandi Shaw to Jimi Hendrix.

Photographed in Yorkshire in the early to mid 1960's by a teenage Paul Berriff at the start of his long and successful career.