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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.

Bear with Me
The Illustration Gallery
Bear With Me
June 7th to September 7th 2014

Illustrator Jason Ruddy persuaded 30 of his nationally acclaimed peers to each contribute a ‘spread’ towards a book about the travels and perils of a fat(-tish) red bear that will eventually be auctioned in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. You can see all 30 spreads (by the likes of Neal Layton, David Roberts, Chris Riddell, Alex T Smith, Chris Haughton, Emma Chichester Clark – not to mention the introductory sketch by Quentin Blake) in this exhibition that has been curated by Chris Mould and funded by Dean Clough. The exhibition will be invigilated by a large, inflatable BEAR made by the newest addition to the Dean Clough studio artists, Lisa Gort (with the aid of Hilly Fletcher and as-yet unwitting volunteers). IF YOU ARE OF A NERVOUS DISPOSITION be advised that you, er, have nothing to worry about... more details here:

Shani Rhys James
Shani Rhys James
Crossley Gallery
June 7th to September 7th 2014

Featuring work by: Sue Williams, Katherine Russell, James Rielly, Matthew Krishanu, Kelly Jayne, Shani Rhys James mbe, Andrew Crane, Ingrid Christie.

What is a home and why do we seek it? Most people associate 'home' with a locale and a sense of security – but as art psychotherapist (and curator) Kelly Jayne points out, home is "a place within our selves". This exceptional show invites a group of leading mid-career artists from around the UK to consider the nature of home - be it in political, emotional or psychological terms. The outcome ranges from the huge, celebrated portraits of Shani Rhys James; or the equally large, socially-charged work of Sue Williams - to the arresting quietude of Matthew Krishanu figures, or the disquieting humour of James Rielly's video animation.

Come and See
Seminar Gallery
Lauren Iredale. Come and See
June 7th to September 7th 2014

The newly re-modelled Seminar Gallery gets an immediate ‘make-over’ as abstract artist Lauren Iredale subjects it to a unique ‘site specific’ treatment which includes stretchered works and painted walls. This ongoing process will begin on the day of the opening and continue to evolve throughout the Summer. Don't miss it EVERY TIME you visit!

More details about Lauren on

Gateway by Simon Warner
Gateway by Simon Warner
Landscape as Sign Language
Link Gallery
Simon Warner and Jay Appleton
Image, Instinct and Imagination: Landscape as Sign Language
June 7th to September 7th 2014

What do we like about landscape and why do we like it? In his book, 'The Experience of Landscape' (1975), the geographer Jay Appleton suggests that our aesthetic of landscape derives from primitive, hunter-gatherer instincts: we judge a landscape according to its value as a viewpoint (‘prospect’) or as shelter (‘refuge’). Appleton's theory extends to Romantic notions of the Picturesque and Sublime and is illustrated at length in this collaboration with Simon Warner, one of the North's most active photographers. Views from Scotland, Wales and England are accompanied by detailed captions, while extracts from Appleton's recent poetry adds a literary perspective to his theories.

'Tremble' (Oil on Canvas)
Between Heaven and Earth
Upstairs Galleries
June 7th to September 7th 2014
Rob Moore: Between Heaven and Earth

A delightfully arresting, yet thoughtful exhibition that fills both of Dean Clough's upstairs galleries. An active painter, drawer and printmaker, Rob Moore describes himself as 'interested in abstraction' and his work process as being like the walks that inspire his imagery: "I set off, meander, halt, take a wrong turn and then reach the destination," he says. This is perhaps disingenuous. The former Dean of Hull School or Art might have retired, but he is by temperament focused and active. It's not just that he runs the Studio Eleven Gallery in Hull but also that his work is derived from sketchbooks that are studded with observations aimed at preserving ‘the sense of place’. Much of his imagery engages with cartography (surely the antithesis of abstraction) and it is precisely the tension between the demands of a locale and the demands of his canvas that makes Rob's finely crafted pieces so rewarding.

Echoes of Home in a Distant Place
Photography Gallery
Steve Blacksmith: Echoes of Home in a Distant Place
June 7th to September 7th 2014

Steve Blacksmith (and his camera) recently spent a Summer month in the Falkland Islands whose isolated farms and wildlife enchanted him. This exhibition of photographs is not, however, a travelogue but a visual meditation on the similarities of the Falklands with parts of the UK (especially the Scottish islands) - and, of course, their subtle and unexpected differences. “Everything that is not Port Stanley - namely isolated farms - is called ‘camp’,” says Steve. “Surreally ‘camp’ has its own time-zone, an hour ahead of the capital. Being there is like being in a parallel universe. An alternative existence that is aware of us whilst we are mostly unaware of it.”

Steve Blacksmith is well known locally as the Chair of the Halifax Scientific Society (the exhibition is certain to reflect something of his ornithological interests...) but he is also a painter and illustrator who was taught in the 1970’s by Willi Tirr for his Dip A/D at Leeds College of Art.

Q: Who ate all the pies?
A: The patron of Reggie
Q: Who ate all the pies? A: The patron of Reggie's Roller Palace...
Olivia Brown: Reggie’s Roller Palace
Victoria Link Walkway
Olivia Brown: Reggie’s Roller Palace
Permanent Exhibition (opening soon)

Olivia Brown’s deconstruction of the cult of celebrity... an installation featuring scores of life-sized ceramic dogs. Some of them on roller skates. Obviously.

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)

Rediscover 'The Lost Workers'
E Mill Basement
Public viewings on July 6th and 14th from 10.00am to 1.00pm. 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.
As part of the 2013 Halifax Festival we are looking to find more people who would like to add to the collection (if you can help, let Cath Graham know on ); meanwhile the installation - with its emphasis on the treacherous nature of 'legacy' - remains relevant to us all...

Fine chilling reads
The Bookshop

“Fred! He’s... he’s going to consume... his own wife’s body!” so reads one of the frames in PS Publishing’s compendium of early horror comics (does it make it better or worse to know that Fred has been transformed into a giant crab?). Classier fayre - by the likes of M.R. James, Saki or Aickman - is to be found in the superbly bound selection of books by Tartarus Press. These and similar items featured in the book shop as ongoing support for the annual 'Halifax Ghost Story Festival' in November here at Dean Clough.

Gallery Closures 2013/14
The Crossley Gallery will be closed for special events on the following dates in 2014:-

Saturday 2nd August (Confirmed)
Tuesday 12th August (Provisional)
Tuesday 19th August (Provisional)
Wednesday 20th August (AM) (Provisional)
Wednesday 10th September (PM) (Provisional)
Friday 12th September ( AM ) (Confirmed)
Monday 22nd September (Provisional)
Tuesday 23rd September (Confirmed)
Friday 26th September (Provisional)
Wednesday 1st October (PM) (Provisional)
Tuesday 7th October (PM) (Provisional)
Saturday 18th October (PM) (Provisional)
Saturday 8th November (PM) (Provisional)
Thursday 4th December (Confirmed)
Saturday 13th December (Confirmed)

We apologise for any inconvenience. For further enquiries or to check on provisional dates please contact Reception on 01422 250250.

Douglas Binder: Full Circle
Copies of Douglas Binder's long-awaited book 'Full Circle' are now available from the Design Shop at Dean Clough.

This 140pp book offers a comprehensive textual and pictorial review of the career and work of the much-admired painter and founding curator of the Dean Clough Galleries.

Ranging from Douglas's early memories of Bradford in the 40's and 50's to some of the key names of his generation (Hockney, The Beatles, Lucian Freud...), 'Full Circle' offers a fascinating yet refreshingly grounded 'take' on a life spent in the arts.

To order by post contact the Design Shop on 01422 250250 or via
Price £35 (+ p&p where appropriate).

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 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 ComEd 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.

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