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.

It's pure coincidence that it's near the Lego room...
Paul Collinson: Et in Arcadia Lego
– In the Spotlight Gallery
June 13th to September 6th 2015

It's a new development at Dean Clough: a whole room devoted to one picture! Paul Collinson’s large, photo-real painting (featured in last year’s John Moores exhibition) might be discounted as an off-beat photograph; whereas it’s actually a painstaking analysis of the ideology of landscape. The notable Hull-based painter’s work is here provided with an explicatory text for considered contemplation.

Peter Defty: The Outlaw Project
– In the Link Gallery
June 13th to September 6th 2015

Over 40 large, intense, monochrome portraits that have been captured using a reconstructed, 1920’s document camera. The effect of large (14”x17”) negatives and a razor-thin depth of field proves both illuminating and unsettling. Part of Peter Defty’s exploration into the ‘6 degrees of separation’ paradigm, the images are displayed here without comment following an ‘intervention’ at Dean Clough in May.

Harriet Crossley Dell: The Blanket Sculptures
– In the Crossley Gallery
June 13th to August 30th 2015

A posthumous tribute to Harriet Crossley Dell (1945-2013): a direct relative of the Victorian tycoons who built the Dean Clough mills, a prominent figure in Halifax culture and an artist in her own right. The exhibition focuses mainly on her imposing ‘blanket sculptures’ that address issues of politics, economics and gender.

Walter Lewis: Baht’at, Contemplating Oneness
– In the Photography Gallery
June 13th to September 6th 2015

A contemplative and analytical series of photographs depicting Ilkley Moor. Lewis enjoyed a full career as a biochemist before his award-winning incarnation as a photographer and his range of reference (tinged by recent bereavement) has led him to devise ways in which images can restore “a more balanced perception of the world and our place in it”.

Ghost[ed.] VII, Sue Baker Kenton and Tim Brown
Ghost[ed.] VII, Sue Baker Kenton and Tim Brown

– On ‘The Curved Wall’

June 13th to September 6th 2015
A suite of stone lithographs compiled by eight artists, each of whom worked over the remnant (or ghosted) image left on a printing block by the preceding artist. A fascinating insight into lithography that poses questions about artistic selection and the visual imagination. With contributions by Gino Ballantyne, Jessie Brennan, Tim Brown, Hen Coleman, Edit Toaso and Caroline Whitehead.

Euroland 2
Euroland 2
Neil Pittaway: Visual Histories
– In the Upstairs Gallery
June 13th to September 6th 2015

New work on Shakespeare and WW1 feature alongside Pittaway’s well-known etchings from the V&A Collection; part of a growing, personal ‘take’ on Anglo-European history that invokes the acerbic spirit of Gillray and Cruikshank.

Magritte or Maigret...?
Magritte or Maigret...?
ICT etc..
Missing Link Gallery
ICT etc..
'The Home Front'

Bradford-based artist Ian C. Taylor (b. Derby 1945) continues his series of found and occasionally profound art works with a swiss army knife and a washboard. Apparently the Titanic is there, too.

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. I.T.C. etc. is a geyser-ish celebration of the imagination’s fecundity.

Crossley Gallery Closures 2015
The CROSSLEY GALLERY is occasionally closed for special events during the week. Currently scheduled closures for 2015 include the following dates:

Thursday 30th July (Provisional)
Tuesday 4th August – Wednesday 5th August (Provisional)
Saturday 8th August
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September (Dean Clough Art Fair)
Wednesday 30th September (provisional)
Tuesday 1st December
Thursday 3rd December

If you are travelling any significant distance we strongly advise that you check in advance with our Reception on 01422 250250.

Rediscover 'The Lost Workers'
E Mill Basement
Viewing generally available by appointment on 01422 250250

"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.

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

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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