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.

Batley School of Art: ‘Contemporary Culture’
The Photography Gallery
7th to 22nd May 2016

'Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future' - Sally Mann

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...

'Suki' by Frank Majkowski
Dean Clough Life Drawing Salon: 2015-16
The Link Gallery
7th to 22nd May 2016

For several years now Dean Clough has hosted a weekly life-drawing salon organised by ‘painter in residence’ Doug Binder. It's serious stuff, attended with consistency and conviction by a score or more of local painters – but it’s our pleasure to give their work a public airing once a year.

Yorkshire Sculpture Group: Tabletop Tableaux
Upstairs Gallery
7th to 29th May 2016

Any show that examines the concept of ‘the frozen moment’ in relation to contemporary home furnishings is obliged to be witty… but the Yorkshire Sculpture Group’s annual show has one more excelled expectations with its sheer quality.

Can narrative be applied to sculpture? Historically, there are many examples in religious art of tableaux of carved figures that ‘freeze a moment’ in the story of the crucifixion or the nativity. The tableaux imply that there was a life before and there will be a life after the chosen event - that this is just one special moment, a frozen moment, in an unfolding story.

How does this relate to home furnishing? The Group has taken the IKEA range of LACK side tables (£5 and what a bargain!) as an alternative to the traditional sculpture plinth. The dimensions of this almost invisible table, and its place within the home, becomes the starting point for a wide range of imaginative sculptural solutions that play with notions of scale, context and meaning.

Linda Brill: Reverie
Spotlight Gallery
7th to 29th May 2016

“I concentrate on creating a particular atmosphere around a subject, be it a cityscape or a still life – it is a stillness or contemplative quality that inspires me”.

LINDA BRILL graduated from Cardiff College of Art in 1979. She came to Yorkshire in 1984 and has exhibited widely in the region.

This short exhibition focuses on Linda's oil paintings of everyday objects that – thanks to the trompe l’oeil shadows generated by her technique of layering glazes – seem suspended between the pictorial and the real.

Leeds Fine Artists: Showcase 2016
Crossley Gallery
7th to 29th May 2016

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 some 40 exhibitors - most of them with long-standing reputations in the North of England and beyond.

10% of all sales will be donated to Art for Life, which focuses on raising money through the visual arts for Cancer Research UK.

Nothing is as it seems.. or, at least, it
Nothing is as it seems.. or, at least, it's more than it seems.
ICT etc..
In the Missing Link Gallery
ICT etc.. presents 'THE ISLAND'
January 30th to April 24th 2016

Everybody wants one
No man is one
A drift

Bradford-based artist Ian C. Taylor (b. Derby 1945) continues his series of found and occasionally profound art works.

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. ICT etc.. is an ongoing, mutating and geyser-ish celebration of the imagination’s fecundity.

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 13th April – all day
Monday 18th April – afternoon
Saturday 23rd April – all day
Thursday 9th June – all day
Friday 10th June – all day
Saturday 18th June – all day
Saturday 18th June – all day
Thursday 22nd Sept – all day
Saturday 15th October– all day
Wednesday 19th October – all day
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October– all day
Saturday 29th October – all day
Sunday 30th October – all day
Friday 2nd December– 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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