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.

Andrew Crane: Both Sides of the Coin
February 11th to April 23rd 2017

Dowsing, graphic design, Bob Dylan, mathematics: the ingredients of Andrew Crane’s life seem as diverse as his paintings; i.e. bin bags, tile cement, house paint… although he also uses canvas, oils and graphite (just as, one assumes, the inventory of his life also includes mundane things like sausage rolls, baths, and accountants). Andrew (b.1949, Croydon) contracted a vocational attachment to typography at the Central School of Art & Design and it wasn’t until a Dantean mid-life point that his daughter bullied him into exhibiting. He now sells internationally and lives in Northumberland. Dean Clough liked the downbeat optimism of his opaque landscapes; but that’s only half his interest. He’s into opaque graffiti, too (‘prime spirals’ or ‘amicable pairs’, anyone?). “You’d better include something about my philosophy,” Andrew warned us. “Most people see things as binary choices, two sides of a coin: I like to look at the coin”. He admires Turner, Tapies and Twombly — but his work is more a contemporary archaeology; a ‘mud core’ pulled out from the centre of things and laid out for displaced examination.

Martin Waters: Detritus Revisited
February 11th to April 23rd 2017

We wanted to pay tribute to Hull as it embarks on its ‘City of Culture’... so we asked Martin Waters if he’d bring back his collection of discarded industrial gloves that were swept up on Spurn Point back in 2007. Fortunately, he still had them. Which some people might think is a bit sad; but they are PHILISTINES! Catch the show upstairs - it's simply beautiful. Take the extensive notes by the arts director back home if you have trouble sleeping at night.

Walter Lewis: Unlikely Heroes
February 11th to April 23rd 2017

The launch of his first photographic book shows the defining consistency of Walter Lewis (b.1949, Ormskirk) in both his beliefs and his craft. ‘Unlikely Heroes’ is the record of a UK odyssey in which Walter visited people determined to live off their own produce in a way that is ecologically sustainable. The very lack of glamour in their efforts is echoed in the simplicity of Walter’s imagery, itself a hard-won achievement inspired by the likes of John Gossage or Alec Soth. A scientist, Walter is anything but a soft-headed romantic and calls for “a concerted effort to move on with farming and growing systems which are actively regenerative of farms and the soil, the environment and communities, and, ultimately, our individual selves”.

Copies of ‘Unlikely Heroes’ are available from the Design Shop at Dean Clough, price £25.00. More details about the project can be found on the Facebook link: ‘Feeding body and soul’.

John Baldwin: Nostalgia for Tomorrow
February 11th to April 23rd 2017

Best known for his experimental paint techniques and for the national success of works produced on Levi jeans and Adidas trainers, John Baldwin’s new show revives his abeyant love of Tachisme. These gestural abstracts unashamedly recall the post-war work of artists such as Riopelle, Soulage and de Stael but have a revanchist charge, given that Accrington-born Baldwin was effectively disowned by the 60’s education system for refusing to reject tachisme in favour of contemporary fashions.The title, incidentally, is borrowed from the Catalan Futurist poet, Salvat-Papasseit.

Ian C. Taylor: Gondolierie to the great wave
February 11th to April 23rd 2017

Ian SEA Taylor once again raids his personal collection of forgotten objects that time has awkwardly remembered. A maritime theme (“Tragedies, more or less, from the storm that have come around at Dean Clough’s safe harbour...”) is evidence this month in a detailed and treasurable assortment of found objects whose functions have been hijacked to Ian’s fishy ends. Ian (b.1945) began working at Bradford School of Art in 1969 – since when he has tutored several, notable younger artists. He was once "a freelance sculptor for TV" and claims inspiration from both Gaudier-Brzeska and Fred Astaire. His works have been bought by the likes of Sir Terrance Conran, Andy Goldsworthy, Stephen Frears and Albert Hunt.

Mark Murphy: Then and Now
February 11th to April 23rd 2017

Mark Murphy has been exhibiting in Calderdale and Kirklees for over 30 years and this is his first solo show at Dean Clough, curated at his request by our ‘painter in residence’ Doug Binder. Mark works in traditional forms (oil on board, pencil on paper), occasionally referencing — with reverence — art history (El Greco, Bosch) and frequently engaging with modern political frameworks (themes of identity, gender equality and protest). ‘A Selective Retrospective’ encapsulates a series of more recent works that draw on photographic portraits, to which are typically added biographical elements. These can range from Louise Bourgeois to Burma’s war time leader Aung San, to WW2 poet Alun LewisHyatt.

Upcoming Crossley Gallery Closures
The CROSSLEY GALLERY is occasionally closed for special events during the week. Currently scheduled closures (and likely closures) include the following dates in 2017:-

Friday 17th February – late afternoon booking confirmed

Saturday 18th February – all day booking confirmed

Friday 3rd March – late afternoon booking confirmed

Tuesday 7th March – afternoon booking confirmed

Tuesday 28th March – all day booking confirmed

Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th March – all day provisional

Friday 31st March – late afternoon booking confirmed

Monday 10th April – late afternoon provisional booking

Wednesday 12th April – late afternoon provisional booking

Saturday 29th April – afternoon confirmed 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.

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.

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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