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.

Original art on a postcard
9th May to 14th June 2015
The Lego Project Room

225 original art works all crammed into the ‘Lego Room’, some by leading UK and regional artists and nearly all of them available to purchase in a £5.00 ‘blind lottery’. This (and a silent auction) are all part of a fundraising event for Leeds Paediatric Intensive Care Unit which has delivered beyond all expectation. Find out more on the Facebook page (’Original art on a postcard’) and send in your bids to:

Leeds Fine Artists: Insight
Crossley Gallery
9th to 23rd May 2015
Founded in 1874 and one of the oldest regional arts bodies in the UK, the Leeds Fine Artists present their annual show in the Crossley Gallery, with 2-d and some 3-d work by 38 exhibitors - most of them with long-standing reputations in the North of England and beyond.

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

Monday 11th May (Afternoon)
Thursday 21st May (Late afternoon – film night)
Thursday 4th June (Late afternoon – film night)
Saturday 6th June
Wednesday 10th June (Provisional - late afternoon)
Thursday 11th & Friday 12th June (Provisional)
Thursday 18th June (Late afternoon – film night)
Monday 29th June (Provisional)
Thursday 2nd July (Late afternoon – film night)
Thursday 9th July (Provisional)
Thursday 16th July (Late afternoon – film night)
Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th August (Provisional)
Saturday 22nd August
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September (Dean Clough Art Fair)
Friday 18th September (Provisional)
Saturday 26th September (Provisional)

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

Work by Paul Keen
Work by Paul Keen
Dean Clough Life Drawing Group
9th to 23rd May 2015
The Link Gallery

There are now some 40 members who regularly attend Doug Binder’s Life Drawing Group at Dean Clough and the standard just gets better every year. Catch up with their annual display in the Link Gallery.

Batley School of Art: ‘A Moment in Time...’
9th to 23rd May 2015
Photography Gallery

For several years now the 2nd Year photography students of Batley School of Art (itself one of the UK’s oldest art schools) have exhibited in Dean Clough’s Photography Gallery. The results are invariably fresh, exciting and challenging and have marked the launch of several notable careers. We’re quietly confident that this year will be no different...

Yorkshire Sculptors Group: Floribunda
May 9th to 23rd 2015
Upstairs Galleries

A mere 30 years old, the Yorkshire Sculpture Group includes some of the county’s most active sculptors, 13 of whom have flattered Dean Clough this year by creating original work to reflect the 19th C. mosaic floor of the Upstairs Gallery. Set against the noted floral paintings of George Hainsworth the result is a striking and unexpectedly cohesive display.

Lauren Bacall: You know how to whistle, don
Lauren Bacall: You know how to whistle, don't cha?
ICT etc..
Missing Link Gallery
ICT etc..
'Celebrities' + 'Dog Sitting in Reading'

Bradford-based artist Ian C. Taylor (b. Derby 1945) continues his series of found and occasionally profound art works with a stereo show about charisma-laden objects and toothy canines.

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. A geyser-ish celebration of the imagination’s fecundity.

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...

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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