The Art of Adrian Wood, Artist Blacksmith

The work of Artist Blacksmith Adrian Wood is forged from a mix of metal, music, nature and emotion, with the shapes evolving as the music plays and the hammer falls … The end products are unique sculptures, sometimes abstract, sometimes expressionistic,   full of movement, feeling and balance, and embedded with a deeper meaning ……

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50 Years Behind the Lens, presented by Paul Berriff

Saturday 9th  June, 2pm to 5pm, Muker Village Hall With a pre-talk reception at the Old School Muker from 1pm Tickets £10 including refreshments To reserve your place please email ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk or telephone us on 01748 886615. On Saturday 9th June, as part of the Rock Legends exhibition, BAFTA award winner Paul Berriff will be…

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The Hartlake Gallery

Our new upstairs exhibition space, the Hartlake Gallery, has been open for three weeks and is currently hosting the Yorkshire Coast & Sea Exhibition. Many thanks to those who’ve visited and for all the wonderful feedback. For those wondering about the name, Hartlakes is the area just below Swinner Gill between Muker and Keld. Hart =…

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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…

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Love Nest, a new sculpture by Michael Kusz

Reeth based artist Michael Kusz has been synonymous with the Old School for many years; his bats hang from the rafters; Doug! and the Rook Climber watch the sparrows, chaffinches and siskins, as they squabble over sunflower seeds; his witch rotates around its cauldron, driven by the four winds; his dragons guard our lawn, and…

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Yorkshire Coast & Sea, Tide Receding

The tide is receding at the The Yorkshire Coast & Sea Exhibition as it enters its final two weeks, and we’ve put up new work to take us through to the end of the exhibition including: Whitby Snowstorm by Paul Berriff (above), Filey Beach by John Harrison, Staithes Harbour by John Wood, and Scarborough Spa…

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Rebecca Vincent Etchings, A Print Makers Art.

A few months ago we introduced Rebecca’s prints into the gallery and the reaction from our customers has been wonderful. Now we have three original etchings on display: Silver Birch Autumn Gold (above and detail below), to me reminiscent of Gustav Klimt, Country Reflections and Safely Gathered in. Not only are Rebecca’s etchings wonderfully vibrant…

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Jill Ray’s Bright Woods Autumn Writ Large

Sometimes you just unwrap a painting and have to stand back and admire!  I’d seen the standard size, and it’s wonderful, but writ large, well, it just adds another dimension … … and up close you can see the individual shapes, colours, shades and layers and the care and attention to detail that makes Jill’s…

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Richard & Cherry Kearton, Wildlife Photography Pioneers.

On the outside wall of the Old School Muker are two plaques commemorating school alumni, Richard and Cherry Kearton. Born in Thwaite, one mile up the Dale, the two brothers attended the school in the late 19th Century before going on to pioneer wildlife photography and cinematography, influencing amongst others Sir David Attenborough. Given the…

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Adrian Wood, Artist Blacksmith, Exhibition Sketches

Back in 2017 we were pleased to discover the work of Adrian Wood and introduce it into the gallery … and visiting Adrian’s forge we got to see some of his larger sculptural work, altogether on a different scale. Wind on to 2018 and this summer we’re looking forward to hosting some of Adrian’s larger…

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The Old School Welcomes Rebecca Vincent

The Old School Muker is pleased to welcome the work of printmaker Rebecca Vincent into the Gallery. In our quest to add printmakers to our portfolio we’ve visited many exhibitions and events, and Rebecca’s work has really stood out. We love its vibrancy, patterns and textures, and the work adds colour and originality to our…

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The Old School Welcomes the Blown Glass of Thomas Petit

The Old School Gallery is pleased to welcome the hand blown studio glass of Thomas Petit. After searching for many months to find glassware that mirrored our surroundings Polly found Thomas’s work, perfectly reflecting the heather fuelled purple moors of August and early September. And in contrast to the colours of late summer, Thomas also…

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The Old School Welcomes the Jewellery of Kate Rhodes

The Old School Muker Craftshop is pleased to showcase the wonderful jewellery of Hebdon Bridge’s Kate Rhodes.Inspired by everyday patterns & natural forms, Kate’s jewellery is crafted from brass, titanium, copper and silver. Together they create beautiful items of jewellery, with striking, colourful and unique designs.

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Just Visiting Just Left, Sandra Parker

Sandra Parker’s wonderful Just Visiting (above) just left the Old School. We’re currently showcasing a selection of Sandra’s work at the Old School including three superb originals, one of which is the superb Swaledale study, Yan, below … … and we plan to get our hands on some more of Sandra’s work very soon. Watch…

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Hand printed Leaf Triptychs By Anne Craddock

We’re very pleased to showcase North Yorkshire artist Anne Craddock’s delicate hand-printed monotype leaf Triptychs. Each image is individually hand-coloured and printed using leaves than Anne has gathered. With each leaf lasting no more than 3 prints each image, and each triptych, is therefore absolutely unique. Richard & Polly 

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Yorkshire Coast & Sea, Denise Burden

We’re really pleased to announce a late entry to our Yorkshire Coast & Sea exhibition, in the form of the hand-printed linocuts and collages of Denise Burden. Denise originally hales from Bradford where she studied art before gaining a First Class (Hons) Degree from the Norwich School of Art. Luckily for us Denise now lives…

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Yorkshire’s Coast & Sea, John Harrison

Our final (final) post profiling artists in the Yorkshire Coast & Sea exhibition focusses on Drawn in Yorkshire’s John Harrison, whose style will be familiar to all those who visit our small (but perfectly formed) gallery in upper Swaledale and to the tens of thousands of readers of the Dalesman Magazine that John features in…

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