Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Martin Shakeshaft's retrospective on the 1984 Miners' Strike counterposes striking images from the strike with recent views of the same people and places. Anger is evident in many of the comments from our visitors, reminded of the ruthless actions of Thatcher's government nearly 30 years ago.
Friday, March 4, 2011
The new exhibition from 5th March is by 4 local artists who trained at Craven College with Teresa Savage. These artists all have very different styles of work, from machine embroidery, printing, to capturing the rusting of metal on delicate fabrics.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
A new exhibition will be launched on 5th February, featuring stories written to just fill the space of a postcard. These were collected by Settle Stories (see http://www.settlestories.org.uk/) at the Settle Storytelling Festival in October 2010. Visitors to the exhibition may also write their own 'stories on a postcard'.
Although it is dark, cold and wet, we are still getting a steady stream of visitors. The Brian May/Elena Vidal exhibition has proved very popular and is still up for another week. We have been going through the visitors' book comments - for instance 'Very moving to catch a glimpse of daily life long ago'. The exhibition has proved quite inspirational for many people.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
On November 4th a new exhibition will launch, featuring selections from Brian May's (ex Queen guitarist) and Elena Vidal's new book 'A Village Lost and Found'. For more information see the London Stereoscopic Company website. To coincide with the opening, Brian and Elena will give a presentation at Settle's Victoria Hall on the same day.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
From September to November 2010, we will feature work by Yorkshire-based, internationally acclaimed photographer Tessa Bunney. Tessa has travelled widely and built a reputation on her particular interest in different landscapes and how they are shaped by activity. Between September 2006 and May 2008 she spent two six month periods in Vietnam, exploring the suburbs and villages around the capital city of Hanoi. Around 75% of Vietnamese people currently live in the countryside, but as Vietnam moves towards urbanisation, the country's agricultural labour force faces the prospect of losing its land (and its way of life) to urban projects. Families are sustaining themsleves by turning increasingly to the creation of various products in rural areas. These 'craft villages' have become the meeting place between rural and urban, agriculture and industry. Tessa's vivid images capture the details of daily life with great insight.