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.

Roger Manton: Hidden Frames
In the Photography Gallery
June 11th to August 30th 2016

Only the second exhibition by this ex-Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi’s whose ostensibly abstract images reveal a keen eye and a major talent.
For the past 10 years ROGER MANTON (b.1944, Halifax) has been pursuing a new career as a fine art photographer. His striking images can hail from locations as diverse as San Francisco and Belgrade yet their near-abstract effects are the antithesis of travelogue shots. Roger (who cites painter Mark Rothko and Photographer Bill Brandt as key influences) offers a fresh perspective on everyday surfaces and objects by isolating details overlooked by the casual observer. He originally studied graphic design at Bradford College of Art and his subsequent career as an art director in London advertising agencies led to him being a senior Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi. He has won numerous awards including D&AD, Cannes Gold Lion, One Show New York, London Poster Awards and London TV Awards and has art directed the likes of David Bailey, Terence Donovan, John Swannell and Lord Snowdon. This is only the second major public exhibition of Manton’s photography, the first being last year at the prestigious Penwith Society Gallery in St Ives.

Stokes' paint factory, Sheffield
Edward Beale: A 20 year retrospective
In the Crossley Gallery
June 11th to August 30th 2016

EDWARD BEALE (b. Lambeth 1950) attended the Camberwell School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. He still lives within a mile of his birthplace. It’s no surprise that, in a sustained history of successful exhibitions in leading London galleries, the urban landscape and the Thames should figure prominently among his striking canvases. Most of them have been painted ‘wet-on-wet’ in front of their subjects. It’s a technique that calls for skill and confidence and which suggests a temperament keen to capture the ‘buzz’ (Ed’s word) of any given space, be it the Pyrenees, Segovia or (more recently) Yorkshire. Such impasto work also implies a simple love of handling oils, something displayed in this substantial retrospective across a panoply of ‘still lives’ from vegetables and flowers to severed pig’s heads. Beale is a significant artist who has remained faithful to his practice despite the frequent announcement of ‘the death of painting’; the exhibition will feature freshly painted Yorkshire landscapes facilitated by the use of one of Dean Clough’s bursary studios.

Alan Pergusey: Re-emergence
In the Link Gallery
June 11th to August 30th 2016

After a youthful training that involved Eastbourne College of Art, Goldsmiths and Leeds College of Art, ALAN PERGUSEY (b.1964) emerged in a bloom of canvases and sculptures; but an early commission for mural painting soon led to work in the field of public and community art, initially on a local and ultimately on a national basis. While he is particularly well-known in Leeds, where he is co-Director and studio holder at Leeds Sculpture Workshop, it has only been in the last few years that Alan has found time to revive his personal practice. “I have gone back to my roots and concentrated solely on painting,” he says. “I had always wanted to articulate more fully those paintings from two decades earlier!”. Alan uses fabric patterns, photography or ‘the language of engineering drawings’ as a starting point for his work after which, as he puts it, ‘the act of painting is like food to the ideas’: “I use perspective and surface pattern within the same image to create an ambiguity and tension that lets the painting tell its own story,” he says.

Ian C. Taylor: Homage… 4 Jerry
In the Missing Link Gallery
June 11th to August 30th 2016

Artist and influential (retired) tutor Ian C. Taylor staggers carelessly around the territory between fraud and homage using found objects from flat irons to bookshelves.

Bradford-based artist IAN C. TAYLOR (b. Derby 1945) sustains his regular series of exhibitions at Dean Clough that use ‘found pieces’ to occasionally profound (and sometimes merely delightful) effect. This Summer his chosen theme lies somewhere between homage and fraud…
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.

Sutcliffe-Fuller: Land of Opportunity
In the Upstairs Gallery
June 11th to August 30th 2016

CATHERINE SUTCLIFFE-FULLER is a Fine Artist Printmaker, based in York, who graduated at the University of Brighton in 1994. She embodies the best tendencies of printmakers to experiment in techniques while remaining determinedly relevant. In recent years Catherine has focused on some of the many (often controversial) construction sites in York, investigating and studying the various ways that people connect with the (muddied) landscape. Her subject is social change and the way that populated spaces are shaped. From converting and re-purposing old streets, to reviving neighbourhoods into popular communities and making open land economically viable, her work is based on industrial landscapes close to her home and print studio. Using roofing grade zinc metal plates etched with nitric acid and lino carved with fine cutting tools, Catherine’s materials are sourced from the very construction industry which, as often as not, is liable to appear in her plates. She is currently Artist in Residence for City of York Council and ISG Construction and she has just completed a successful residency for Hiscox Insurance.

Janina Cebertowicz: The Plastic Goods Shop
In the Spotlight Gallery
June 11th to August 30th 2016

Cebertowicz’s exemplary oil painting of a tourist nick-nack stall features as a single-painting for close-study.
A tourist’s nick-nack stall in Lesbos provides the single exhibit in Dean Clough’s Spotlight Gallery this Summer. Rawtenstall-based Janina Cebertowicz is a serious and seriously good painter inspired by topics that range from Polish history to tea cups to the abstractions of music. While not unknown (especially in Manchester) she is surely neglected and this medley of glazes and impasto offers a masterclass for those willing to contemplate it.

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 in 2016:

Wednesday 10th August – Provisional booking
Tuesday 30th August – Provisional booking
Monday 5th – Friday 9th September (closed for gallery changeover – opening on Saturday 10th)
Thursday 15th September – late afternoon for the Jazz Night
Sunday 18th September – Wednesday 21st Sept – closed for gallery changeover
Thursday 22nd September – event confirmed all day
Monday 3rd – Friday 14th October (closed for gallery changeover – opening on Saturday 15th October)
Saturday 15th October – late afternoon
Wednesday 19th October – provisional booking
Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd October – provisional booking
Tuesday 25th October - morning only provisional
Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th October - provisional booking
Tuesday 15th November – morning only provisional
Thursday 17th November – confirmed booking
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – provisional all day

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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