Polly and photographer Richard, took over The Old School in April 2017 with a simple goal, to make The Old School Muker the designation for artists, makers and art lovers, in Swaledale and the wider Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The gallery now represents the work of some of Yorkshire’s finest artists, offering an ever evolving mix of styles and mediums from artists such as: Piers Browne, Jill Ray, Rebecca Vincent, Jenny Uylatt, John Harrison, Sue Nichol, James Wheeler and of course Old School favourites such Sandra Parker, Sue Dewhurst and Peter Brook.
… and not forgetting the bronzes and ceramics of Stef Ottevenger and Alistair Brooke, fused glass of Kevin Wallhead, ironwork from artist blacksmith Adrian Wood, and the landscape photography of Richard & Janet Burdon, Anthony Shaughnessy and gallery owner Richard Walls.
With an emphasis on handmade Yorkshire and British work, the craftshop stocks a wide range of local and British produced merchandise including: soft furnishings, pottery, jewellery, felt-work, toys and gifts, ironwork, cards and natural skin care products, from makers such as Interlude Ceramics, George Ormerod, Jules Jules, Andrea Cundell, Maxine Smith, Charlotte Morrison and Thomas Petit
The relaxed, self-service café offers delicious cake and coffee, and with its private, walled, garden, offers a place to sit back and soak up the views of Kisdon and the surrounding fells, in the company of sculptures by Michael Kusz.
The gallery, craftshop and café, are uniquely housed in Muker’s 19th century schoolhouse with a history dating back to the 1690’s and is surrounded by the picturesque villages, rugged fells and magical waterfalls, of upper Swaledale, part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
In March 2018 Richard & Polly opened the new exhibition space, The Hartlake Gallery, accessible from the garden, used to hold exhibitions and events.
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