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.

Christopher P. Wood: beneath the surface
Crossley Gallery
October 15th 2016 to January 22nd 2017

It’s a privilege to display the work of Christopher P. Wood (b. Leeds 1961), whose polished style and awareness of tradition belies a practice and aesthetic that emphasises spontaneity and imaginative freedom. The title of ‘Beneath The Surface’ is ambiguous. A painting on etched zinc (inspired by Roman paintings on copper) clearly invites us to consider the underlying influence of the ‘ground’. Having said that, the five year span of this show begins with what might be the last of Chris’s ‘signature’ landscapes and includes an 18 month period where he entirely abandoned paint for collage. This latter “opportunity to raid my plan chests” points to a more private re-assessment ‘beneath’ the public persona. “There have been some radical shifts of style,” Chris says and describes his subsequent return to canvas as “almost like collages in oil, using techniques that stretch back to early school days”. A keenly anticipated show by one of the few contemporary artists capable of achieving a wide appeal without sacrificing an iota of seriousness.

In collaboration with Goldmark Gallery:

'Bird Making Womb for my Consciousness'
Kate Walters: Punctum and Plume
Upstairs Gallery
October 15th 2016 to January 22nd 2017

The Guardian’s review of Kate Walter’s 2012 exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery opened with the line: “It’s not every day you find an artist who claims their home is in the body of a deer…” and went on to refer to her ‘fusion of cave art, classical mythology and a rainbow-tinted hippy sensibility’. In the exhibition catalogue, Richard Davey was more consanguineous: “Reflecting the ancient tradition of the Sacred Feminine, Walters’ paintings are spaces of nurture, birthing pools in which her insights are embodied”. Among Kate’s many art qualifications she has also received formal training in ‘classical shamanism’. Her packed CV would flatter any ONE soul involved in either international art, mysticism or animal husbandry. She is as likely to be talking on ‘expanding consciousness through the act of drawing’ as she is to be discussing her residency in a bothy on Iona; as liable to be quoting Goethe, Griselda Pollock or (as in the title of this exhibition) Barthes. What you get in the gallery is a pictorial blend of animal, human and natural forms in oils, watercolours and monotypes that look to address a sensibility beyond the eye. Chagall is invariably invoked, but Kate Walters is more accurately part of a tradition locally represented by Ted Hughes or the late Derek Hyatt.

Rupert Brakspear: Lost and Found
Link Gallery
October 15th 2016 to January 22nd 2017

Ten-minute’s drive from Dean Clough is the abandoned pottery where Isaac Button, one of England’s last country potters finished his final shift and sold up in 1965. ‘Soil Hill’ dates back to the 1760’s but was bought by the Button family in 1897. The pipe-smoking Isaac could turn a ton of clay into 1,200 pots a day… provided he wasn’t interrupted by film makers or pestered for technical guidance by resurgent ‘studio potters’ such as Bernard Leach. Soil Hill, in short, deserves to be a permanent memorial to Halifax’s past and it’s a rich tribute that Rupert Brakspear – an artist with academic qualifications, no Halifax lineage and a background in archaeology, teaching and ceramics – should have constructed this detailed and loving exhibition. ‘Lost and Found’ explores the impact of Soil Hill pottery and contemporary ceramics on the landscape and the wider environment (... including local baking!). Using photographs, raw materials, original items and his own locally-sourced ceramic wares, Rupert not only revives an oft-forgotten history, but meticulously illustrates how the interplay of geographical resource, people’s needs and their skills created a sense of place that resonates to this day.

You are warmly invited to join the people involved in putting this exhibition together on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 at 7.30pm for a special screening of the film: ‘Isaac Button: Country Potter’ that was made in 1965 by John Anderson and Robert Fournier. Particular thanks go to Megan McCooley and her team at the Yorkshire Film Archives for their assistance with this and other key aspects of the exhibition.

Ray Fearn:The Damned
Spotlight Gallery
October 15th 2016 to January 22nd 2017

Those who recall Ray Fearn’s exhibition here shortly before his death on October 15th 2014, might be surprised by the subject, size and broad treatment of this early work, which is on long-term loan to Dean Clough. It’s a rendition of the ‘homosexual orgy’ scene in Visconti’s 1969 movie ‘The Damned’ which marks the point when Hitler brutally consolidated his hold over the German state. Ray, of course, had his own reasons for choosing the subject which make it both a resonant tribute to a Yorkshire painter and a timely reminder about political intolerance in both institutional and national contexts.

Ian C. Taylor: Happy Anniversary DADA!
Missing Link Gallery
October 15th 2016 to January 22nd 2017

Not so much a resident exhibitor as an artist claiming squatter’s rights, Ian C. Taylor (b. Derby 1945) once again raids his personal collection of forgotten objects that time has awkwardly remembered. “100 years ago in September in Zurich ‘Cabaret Voltaire’ was founded, like an object,” he says of his latest exhibition. “Need another excuse to party?” Expect work that parodies or echoes the DADA movement (named, at random, after the French word for a rocking-horse and the Romanian word for ‘yes’). But look out for Ian’s guest artist, Steve Manthorpe, whose computer programme screeds through - in real time and across the world - every ‘Tweet’ that uses the word ‘lonely’,

Adam Summerscales: Human forest
Photography Gallery
October 15th 2016 to January 22nd 2017

“This project highlights the feeling of frustration and the sense of invisibility a disabled person might feel when navigating through city streets. It is an invitation to see the streets from the perspective of a disabled person,” remarks Adam Summerscales. The 23 year old, Barnsley-based photographer has just completed a BA at Huddersfield University (on top of an extended diploma in Digital Media at York College) and – given that he is frequently to be discovered in a wheelchair – it’s no surprise that he is interested in promoting disability awareness. Appropriately, ‘Human Forest’ does its job in evoking a world viewed at waist level – a vista of egg-stained paunches and worn-out shoulder bags through which you catch distant glimpses of fellow wheelchair users and under-aged peers. What we most liked about Adam’s work, though, was the way in which his wheelchair becomes a stable tripod (delivering pin-sharp images) and how his ‘disadvantaged’ social status eludes the self-consciousness that marrs much street photography.

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:

Monday 3rd – Friday 14th October
closed for gallery changeover (Private view opening on Saturday 15th October)

Saturday 15th October
late afternoon booking

Wednesday 19th October
provisional booking

Tuesday 25th October
morning only provisional booking

Thursday 17th November
confirmed booking

Friday 2nd December
provisional all day booking (art fair launch in the evening)

Saturday 3rd December and Sunday 4th December
Dean Clough art fair

Saturday 10th December
provisional late afternoon booking

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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