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.

Ian C. Taylor: Homage… 4 Jerry
In the Missing Link Gallery
June 11th to October 14th 2016

Artist and influential (retired) tutor Ian C. Taylor staggers carelessly around the territory between fraud and homage using found objects from flat irons to bookshelves.

Bradford-based artist IAN C. TAYLOR (b. Derby 1945) sustains his regular series of exhibitions at Dean Clough that use ‘found pieces’ to occasionally profound (and sometimes merely delightful) effect. This Summer his chosen theme lies somewhere between homage and fraud…
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.

'Surround 3'... photos do no justice to Gorner's work which combines technical refinement with a deep emotion.
Jo Gorner: Familiar Land
In the Upstairs Gallery
Sept 7th to Oct 7th 2016

“An encounter with physical form and place, a dialogue between process and practice...”. New works by acclaimed print maker Jo Gorner.

Gavin Macaulay: Like Pebbles on the Shore
In the Photography Gallery

Sept 8th to Oct 7th 2016

Gavin Macaulay has been a refuse collector for 30 years. More recently he trained in Photography at Trent University in Nottingham. The two activities combine in his unexpected beautiful images of squashed drink cans, seen here for the first time.

Work from previous years
Work from previous years
Bradford College MA Show
In the Crossley Gallery

Sept 24th to Oct 10th 2016

Innovative work by graduating students from Bradford College’s MA Degree in Fine Arts.

Rob Davies: Off the Tracks
In the Spotlight Gallery
Sept 8th to Oct 7th 2016

Birkenhead-based painter Rob Davies’ large works on paper offer a confusing melange of narrative elements and treatments. He explains his approach in reference to this single work, ‘Off the Tracks’.

Under Scrutiny
In the Link Gallery
Sept 8th to Oct 2nd 2016

Five regional painters conclude a year of weekly workshops with this exhibition that examines the process of portraiture.

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:

Wednesday 10th August – Provisional booking
Tuesday 30th August – Provisional booking
Thursday 15th September – late afternoon for the Jazz Night
Sunday 18th September – Wednesday 21st Sept – closed for gallery changeover
Thursday 22nd September – event confirmed all day
Monday 3rd – Friday 14th October (closed for gallery changeover – opening on Saturday 15th October)
Saturday 15th October – late afternoon
Wednesday 19th October – provisional booking
Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd October – provisional booking
Tuesday 25th October - morning only provisional
Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th October - provisional booking
Tuesday 15th November – morning only provisional
Thursday 17th November – confirmed booking
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – provisional all day

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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