Dean Clough.

Galleries - What's On


Galleries - Whats On

Welcome to DEAN CLOUGH... home to one of the UK's most active private galleries, devoted largely to the work of leading artists in the North of England. The galleries are open between 10.00am and 5.00pm, seven days a week. This page gives details of our current exhibition programme which we hope you will enjoy. Please note, though, that there are occasions when some of the galleries will not be accessible to the public. We generally advise people to call reception (01422 250250) to check availability.

Jean Davey Winter
Jean Davey Winter
Living Landscape
The Upstairs Galleries
January 30th to April 24th 2016

This inaugural exhibition of a UK touring show features several works apiece by six oil painters who “work with or from landscape”. They all have significant reputations; which of itself vindicates curator Rob Moore’s determination to reaffirm the ability of
landscape painting to ‘enthral and engage people in a digital age’.

There is, however, no polemic here and each of these artists brings their own perspective. For some, landscape evokes cartographic patterns and unsuspected meanings; while others draw their impressions as if running through a landscape, capturing sensations in the net of their canvases.

Each artist features a major piece and a catalogue is available. The six artists are: Patti Lean, Jake Attree, Jean Davey Winter, Richard Hatfield, David Fulford and Rob Moore (who also curated the show).

Helen Clapcott: Stacks, Spires and Tyres
In The Crossley Gallery
30th January to 24th April 2016

Helen Clapcott was born in Blackpool in 1952. Her parents moved to Stockport when she was 10 and she immediately fell in love with the town.

Her studies took her to London's Royal Academy Schools but in the mid-80’s Helen returned to Cheshire and continued her obsessive studies of the town she loved. Her output has grown as her parental responsibilities have diminished – and her reputation (BBC documentary, London gallery shows etc.) has swelled in sympathy.

She gets compared to L. S. Lowry who would have been utterly flummoxed by her painstaking ‘tempera on gesso’ technique; while her free acrylic work suggests a deeper connection with the likes of Soutine. Her interest in Stockport's industrial past is more about psychogeography than nostalgia.

But somehow, it doesn’t really matter. After all, what exactly is the case that remains to be made? Helen is wonderfully precise and consistently fresh (don’t miss her drole and wholly ‘other’ ‘printers boxes’ in this show); her work sells well and she is collected in municipal galleries.

Pollock's Old Testament
Crossley Gallery
January 30th to April 24th 2016

50 acerbic and oblique illustrations of stories from the Old Testament by internationally renowned illustrator Ian Pollock (b.1950).

Pollock has worked for “most major magazines and newspapers” on both sides of the Atlantic: Rolling Stone, Playboy, Penthouse, New Yorker, Talk, Esquire, GQ, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Elle, Country Life, Radio Times, New Scientist, Creative Review, Stern, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Observer, the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph amongst others “too many to mention...”.

This largely unseen exhibition of (A1-sized) illustrations from the Old Testament should be premiering in a major London venue. In fact, we're not quite sure why it isn't - just very glad!

A decade in the making the work is irreverent but not OBVIOUSLY scabrous... in fact, not obvious at all. The testament according to Pollock is a challenge to relish.

Think contemporary art is rubbish? Come and see Simon Leahy Clark
Think contemporary art is rubbish? Come and see Simon Leahy Clark's collage in the flesh. It's breathtaking.
Semiotic Guerrilla Warfare (Part 3)
The Link Gallery
January 30th to April 24th 2016

This group exhibition combines for the first time the curatorial resources of two emergent galleries, PAPER (Manchester) and CHARLIE SMITH LONDON (Shoreditch).

Its delightful title comes from the commentator Dick Hebdige (via Umberto Eco) and refers to the way that high street fashions are perversely appropriated by youth subcultures to create their own, unique identity.

The individual works by artists in this show (many of whom, including the John Moore’s prizewinner, have international reputations) demonstrate a comparable use of commodified items and luxury goods (ie items that a future anthropologist might call fetishes).

The full list of artists includes: Hermione Allsopp / Jemima Brown / Andrea Cotton/ Lisa Denyer / Frances Disley / Tracey Eastham / Zavier Ellis / Sarah Eyre / David Hancock / Florian Heinke / Phill Hopkins / Hilde Krohn Huse / Sam Jackson / Monica Ursina Jäger / Vincent James / Chris Jones / Simon Leahy Clark/ Richard Meaghan / James Moore / Alex Gene Morrison / Narbi Price / Conor Rogers/ Mitra Saboury / Jenny Steele / Pär Strömberg / Zhu Tian / Lisa Wilkens / Simon Woolham / Hannah Wooll / Rachel Wrigley / THE CULT OF RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ featuring Yang Younghee.

Sponsored by The Arts Council.

The Mayor's Chains
The Photography Gallery
January 30th to April 25th 2016

MAYORS, of course, spend most of their humourless lives driving between banquets in limousines. Peter MacFadyen, the mayor of Frome in Somerset, was a little different. A local undertaker in his ‘real’ life, he was committed to localism (see his site: ). Traditionally obliged to spend money on an ‘outgoing portrait’ for the town council office, he invited an array of small community groups to design alternative mayoral chains.

Some were solar powered, others were made of toilet rolls, of crisp packets and (courtesy of Amnesty International) of barbed wire. MacFadyen sportingly wore them all while photographer David Partner (whose comparably frank 'Heads of Government' series was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in 2004) captured them for posterity.

The rare merit of these 24 images is how their disingenuous simplicity and use of humour erodes the pertinacious barrier between the elected and the electorate.

Tom Palin: The Tent
The Spotlight Gallery
January 30th to April 24th 2016

ONE room. One painting. The Spotlight Gallery calls on visitors to consider the thought behind an individual image – in this case a very small oil painting by Birkenhead-born painter Tom Palin. This green, ostensibly gloomy work on oak board won the British Institution Award at the 2015 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and has been generously loaned to us by its shrewd purchaser.

Tom Palin last exhibited at Dean Clough in 2005 and has supplied an accompanying text that places the work in the context of his practice and details some surprising aspects of its inspiration.

Nothing is as it seems.. or, at least, it
Nothing is as it seems.. or, at least, it's more than it seems.
ICT etc..
In the Missing Link Gallery
ICT etc.. presents 'THE ISLAND'
January 30th to April 24th 2016

Everybody wants one
No man is one
A drift

Bradford-based artist Ian C. Taylor (b. Derby 1945) continues his series of found and occasionally profound art works.

Ian began working at Bradford School of Art in 1969, was once "a freelance sculptor for TV", claims inspiration from both Gaudier-Brzeska and Fred Astaire and is collected by the likes of Sir Terrance Conran, Andy Goldsworthy, Stephen Frears and Albert Hunt. ICT etc.. is an ongoing, mutating and geyser-ish celebration of the imagination’s fecundity.

IOU: Making It sessions
Renowned arts organisation IOU holds regular, monthly 'Making It' nights at Dean Clough from 7- 9pm on the first Wednesday of every month. Artists, makers and creatives from all disciplines can come and learn skills, exchange ideas, network and experiment at the IOU studio. Past themes have included 'Robotic Technology', 'Dance and Digital Art', 'Body imprints' and even 'How to Stick Things Together'.
All artists are welcome and - indeed - IOU is always interested in hearing from artists who have ideas for a 'Making It' theme or who would like to facilitate their own session. 

For more information visit or @ioutheatre
T: 01422 369217

Rediscover 'The Lost Workers'
E Mill Basement
Following flood damage in 2016 'The Lost Workers' is temporarily inaccessible. No artefacts were damaged, however, and we hope to re-open the exhibit later this year.

"We are all so complicated, and then we die. We are a subject one day, with our vanities, our loves, our worries, and then one day, abruptly, we become nothing… we become an object you can handle like a stone, but a stone that was someone." Christian Boltanski

In 1994 the renowned artist Christian Boltanksi exhibited at the Henry Moore Studio at Dean Clough mills and left the legacy of a permanent exhibition called 'The Lost Workers'. This exhibition – which is located in a basement room under E-Mill – comprises over 100 cardboard boxes, each of which bears the name of someone who used to work in the mills when it was the world's largest carpet factory. In each box is at least one item that either belongs to or represents the person. This might be a photograph, a newspaper clipping or – ideally – a personal object such as a spectacle case or a face mask used by them when they worked for Crossleys Carpets.

Upcoming Crossley Gallery Closures
The CROSSLEY GALLERY is occasionally closed for special events during the week. Currently scheduled closures include the following dates:

Tuesday 8th March
Tuesday 22nd March
Friday 25th March
Saturday 2nd April
Saturday 9th April
Wednesday 13th April
Saturday 16th April

Provisional closures often fail to materialise and are worth checking closer to the date. In general, if you are travelling any significant distance we strongly advise that you check in advance with our Reception on 01422 250250.

The world's largest Lego brick project...?
ComEd Gallery

Is it ACTUALLY the world's largest Lego building? Impossible to say with any certainty... but the model of Dean Clough is now starting to take on awesome dimensions.

Constructed by 'Lego purists' Michael LeCount and Tony Priestman, the finished model will end up being 35' long with a 12' high chimney (and none of it is glued!).

It will now stay on its plinth in the Illustration Gallery until its eventual completion. Viewing access is occasionally restricted so do check in advance on 01422 250250 if the model is your prime reason for visiting the galleries.

Happy Snapper: The Art Junkies
Happy Snapper: The Art Junkies
Upstairs Gallery Collection Corridor & Painter in Residence Corridor
The Dean Clough collection represents a unique insight into the practice of painting in the North of England over the last 23 years. The Collection Corridor features some of our more notable pieces, including many items by the late, Leeds-based surrealist Tony Earnshaw, the shamanistic landscapes of Derek Hyatt, and sculpture by the Art Junkies (now beloved of the Saatchi Gallery, but once unknown studio artists here at Dean Clough). The corridor outside the Community and Education Gallery features recent and ongoing work by the former curator and artist in residence Doug Binder. Doug organises a life-drawing class every Monday here at Dean Clough (to which anyone is welcome: enquire at reception on 01422 250250)

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