Alistair Brookes Raku Sculptures

For 2018 The Old School is extremely chuffed to welcome the work of Alistair Brookes into our deminutive gallery in upper Swaledale. Each piece is hand made, so individual and original. Each is a stunning work of art. Alistair’s passion for both his craft and his subjects, and the care he puts into each sculpture, become…

Read More

The Old School welcomes Piers Browne

The Old School is delighted and thrilled to showcase the work of celebrated painter, printmaker, author and composer, Piers Browne, who lives and works just “over the top” from our gallery, in a farmhouse commanding the most beautiful views of his beloved Wensleydale. Piers’s work will feature in our main gallery and in our Yorkshire’s…

Read More

Rock Legends Exhibition, Paul Berriff

Running from 26th May to 24th June, Rock Legends by Paul Berriff In the early 1960’s Paul Berriff OBE photographed bands and artists, during their first tours of the UK, who became some of our best loved and most iconic pop and rock stars. In the process Paul created a unique set of images, documenting perhaps…

Read More

Yorkshire’s Coast & Sea – Piers Browne

For 2018 the Old School Galley now showcases the work of Piers Browne and we’re delighted that Piers’s work will also feature in our Yorkshire’s Coast & Sea Exhibition.  November Sunset at Sandsend, With Redshanks (featured image) is a wonderful example of Pier’s seascape oil paintings of the Yorkshire Coast, the ripples of the sand…

Read More

Yorkshire’s Coast & Sea – Richard & Janet Burdon

Richard & Janet Burdon are already well known to customers of the Old School for their monochrome images of the iconic Swaledale tups and ewes found on the fells surrounding our gallery, often caught in the midst of a snowstorm. What our visitors don’t know is that they’re equally at home discovering and capturing, serene,…

Read More

Peter Brook at the Old School

We recently discovered this rare artist proof Peter Brook lithograph in an antique shop. June, Canal, was part of the 12 Months of the Year series commissioned by Agnews in 1976 and printed in 1978 in editions of 150. This artist proof is one of only 20 produced. In recognition of the importance of the…

Read More

Yorkshire Coast & Sea – Sue Nichol

The first time I met Sue, collecting paintings for the Old School Gallery from her studio, I fell hook, line and sinker for a painting hung high on her wall; The Great Wave (feature image above), inspired by Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa, but absolutely a Sue Nichol, full of energy, power and life. Painted in…

Read More

The Drawings of Nolan Stacey

New for 2018, The Old School is very pleased to welcome the pencil and charcoal drawings of Nolan Stacey, superbly illustrating the wildlife that lives beside us in the Yorkshire Dales. When we visited Nolan’s gallery back in November, so many drawings caught our eye, but it was the charcoal drawings of Ravens (a favourite…

Read More

Yorkshire’s Coast & Sea – Clare Caulfield

Artist and printmaker Clare Caulfield has travelled to, and been inspired by,  many of the world’s greatest cities: Paris, Venice, New York, Rome, Prague, Istanbul & Sydney, to name just a few, but for the first time, as part of the Yorkshire’s Coast & Sea Exhibition, Clare’s work will be showcased in perhaps the prettiest…

Read More

Bright Woods Spring & Autumn

New for 2018, Light of Spring & Light of Autumn, from Jill Ray’s Bright Woods collection. Wonderful digital art that captures the atmosphere of the woods in a way I’ve singularly failed to do as a photographer. You’ll find them hanging in our revamped cafe / gallery, alongside Jill’s On The Moor series, and will find…

Read More

Winter in Swaledale 2 – Muker Minimalism

Yesterday’s wintery conditions in Muker provided an ideal opportunity to take a couple of hours out from the renovation of the Old School and shoot some minimal monochrome images, before using these as a basis to create something a little dreamier using movement blur in Analog  Efex Pro.  It might not be everyone’s taste but…

Read More

New Arrivals, John Harrison

John fought through a bad back and yesterday’s “seasonal” weather to deliver four, new, superb line and watercolour paintings of Muker, Gunnerside & Hemsley. We’re really chuffed he made the effort. I guess you have to suffer for your art! Title: Muker Artist: John Harrison Medium: Original line and watercolour Dimensions:  ~H45cm x W35cm Framed Price: £265…

Read More

Des Res in a Stunning Location

In 2018 we plan to run a number of photography days, taking people out to unique and interesting locations around Swaledale that provide scope to practice their technical and compositional skills. I’d passed this des res old railway van a couple of times recently and when the rain finally stopped this afternoon, went back with…

Read More

Malham Cove, to Sussex from Sheffield via Muker

A iconic piece of Yorkshire – Malham Cove Winter – left Muker today bound for deepest Sussex, bought by a lady who fell for it as soon as she saw it. The painting is a truly stunning piece of work and though I’m very happy it’s sold, I’m pretty sad that it’s left the gallery…

Read More

Everest Base Camp Anniversary

It’s a year to the day since a small group of wanderers reached Everest Base Camp in Nepal. I was lucky enough to be among that group. It simply wouldn’t be right to let the anniversary pass without posting a couple (or more) photos of the trek, so some that didn’t make the initial cut…

Read More

Avril Cairncross Raku Pottery

Introducing Avril Cairncross’s Raku Pots with Spouts and Pots with Pendants to the Old School Gallery. Avril’s passion for Raku ware, and for the process through which the patterns are formed, are embedded in her work. In Avril’s own words: “The pots are thrown with a porcelain body, modified to withstand the thermal shock of…

Read More

Andrea Hunter Original Felt Artwork

It’s wonderful to be able to showcase three original felt artworks by Andrea Hunter, capturing the moods, contrasts and atmosphere, of the landscape in which Andrea grew up, that surround her studio in Hardraw, Wenselydale, and whose wild places continue to be a rich source of inspiration. Given the nature of felt work the pictures below…

Read More