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.

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

Wednesday 25th February (AM)
Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th March
Thursday 5th March (Provisional)
Saturday 6th June
Saturday 22nd August
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.

Denis Bowen: Prismatic Planet
Denis Bowen: Prismatic Planet
Denis Bowen: Light | Space | Movement
Crossley Gallery
January 17th to April 26th 2015

Denis Bowen (1921-2006) was an experimental painter who was brought up in Huddersfield and who spent his professional life (post RCA) teaching in London – notably at Kingston School of Art. Initially drawn to the French, aleatoric school of abstract painting known as tachisme, he was subsequently influenced by space exploration, by mythological themes and by ‘psychedelia’ (... as part of this exhibition Dean Clough hopes to display one of his ultraviolet light paintings in a discrete gallery with an accompanying soundtrack). In 1956 Denis was a founder of London’s ‘New Visions Centre Gallery’ which for a decade was a key platform for international and avant-garde art. Indeed, while his paintings can be found in many public and private collections (including the Tate), Denis’s reputation as a promoter of the avant-garde remains the achievement for which he is still best known. This exhibition – which features additional (specifically regional) work to the companion show that was staged at ‘Gallery Different’ in the West End last year – seeks to demonstrate how Denis’s personal, artistic contribution has been sorely under-rated.

Our substantial thanks go to Gallery Different, the Estate of Denis Bowen and to Robert Hall who has curated this show.

Thanks also to Grant Scanlon and Huddersfield Art Gallery for the additional loan of work.

'In Memoriam; - a poppy wreath using found paper flowers from Spurn Point
Martin Waters: In Memoriam
January 17th to April 26th 2015

Martin Waters (b. Hull, 1955) first showed at Dean Clough during his tenure as the official artist at Spurn Point – when his work, based on found pieces, excited much comment and acclaim. He returns with this extensive show of installations and ‘tar paintings’ that reflect on the horrors of war and which examine our shared notions of remembrance and the need for commemoration. While the installation of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London might have excited the media in 2014, Martin’s own use of poppies in his work began long ago when he discovered poppy wreaths that had been washed up on the shores of Spurn Point. His initial installations that contemplated the effects of conflict – on both participants and their kith and kin – were actually inspired by his father’s memories of the Normandy Landings. Inevitably the ongoing centennial of ‘The Great War’ has led to an extension of Martin’s practice, with travels to memorial sites around the world and donations of war relics and associated stories. It would be hard to imagine a more suitable or welcome candidate to mark Dean Clough’s participation in the national series of commemorative events.

Curated by Ebony Andrews.

A detail of the building replaced by Calderdale Library... which itself is now scheduled for demolition.
A detail of the building replaced by Calderdale Library... which itself is now scheduled for demolition.
Terry Sutton: Drawing on History
Illustration Gallery
January 17th to April 26th 2015

A childhood love of drawing and steam trains has led illustrator Terry Sutton (b.1941, Cleckheaton) through a rewarding career as commercial artist, tutor at Batley School of Art and author of books on Yorkshire’s industrial archaeology. Poised between technical illustration and historical recreation, Terry’s compelling observation of detail both serves as a tribute to past workers and warrants a legitimate nostalgia.

John Baldwin - thinking big, as ever...
John Baldwin - thinking big, as ever...
John Baldwin: Small and Tiny Paintings
Curved Foyer Wall
17th January to 26th April 2015

John Baldwin (b.1946, Oswaldtwistle) is a self-taught artist who has commanded attention over the last 25 years through his large-scale colourful abstract paintings and photographs. He also, though, ‘works small’ ... sometimes as small as 30mm square. Often studies or experiments with colour and materials, these works vibrate with an almost disproportionate colour and life.

Allan Bech: Trophy for Best Orgasm
Allan Bech: Trophy for Best Orgasm
Paper: The Functionality of Thought
January 17th to April 26th 2015

In 1924 André Breton wrote the first Manifesto of Surrealism, in which he defines surrealism as: "Pure psychic automatism by means of which one intends to express, either verbally or in writing or in any other manner, the actual functionality of thought. Dictated by thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, free of any aesthetic or moral concern". Last year Manchester’s small but potent ‘Paper’ gallery judiciously selected a dozen leading artists to explore this specific idea, namely: Allan Bech (b. 1983), Mike Chavez Dawson (b. 1974), Jenny Core (ex- University of Huddersfield 2009), Susannah Douglas (ex-Wimbledon College of Art 2010), Aly Helyer (ex-Chelsea College of Art & Design), Shinbo Hiroshi (b. 1965), Paraic Leahy (b. 1985), Sharon Leahy-Clark (ex-Royal College of Art 2001), Richard Meaghan (b. 1970), Graham Watson (b. 1974) and Hannah Wooll (b. 1977). As its name suggests, the artist-run gallery focuses on practitioners whose work is paper-based. The results are frequently both accessible and affordable, but anyone who thinks this might detract from the status of the artists (many of them with international reputations) or the impact and profundity of the work will find themselves caught unawares by this terrific show; which is precisely what Breton would have wanted...

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.

The Well at the World
The Well at the World's End
Ron Wilson: Allegory
Photography Gallery
January 17th to April 26th 2015

Ron Wilson began his training at the Jacob Kramer College of Art in 1968 and has worked in both art education and as an archaeological illustrator. Now based at The Art House in Wakefield, his recent work uses the deliberately unforgiving medium of woodcuts and lino prints (“... so I don’t fall into the proverbial ‘comfort zone’,” he says). Conscious of influences that stretch back through the Soviet era to Durer (and citing, notably, the block prints of Eric Ravilious) this exhibition of over 20 framed-and-mounted prints is a timely reminder that while digital resources offer a seemingly infinite arsenal of effects – it is often the restrictions of a medium that generates an artwork’s power. “Allegory is an extended metaphor widely used throughout history in many art forms to express complex concepts that are easily accessed and digested by the viewer,” says Ron of the show’s theme. “My work invites the viewer to create their own narrative; although the undercurrent that flows through these prints is concerned with our uncertain future and the need to hold on to the past”.

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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