Brought together under one roof, a wonderful collection of ceramics and glassware from some of the North of England’s and UK’s best makers, including: Thomas Petit, Mary Johnson, George Ormorod, Charlotte Morrison, Gwen Bainbridge, Mary Chapplehow, Andrea Cundell, Jenny Hall and Shelly Lee. Discover it for yourself at The Old School Muker.
The Old School Muker has opened for 2019 with lots of new art and crafts from our wonderful artist and makers.
During February we will be open everyday, 11-4pm, except Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Though deep in Winter hibernation it’s been a busy time at The Old School preparing for our next season. Our upstairs gallery, Hartlake, is now stripped and redecorated, waiting for the fabulous artwork and exhibition we have planned for 2019.
The paints just about dry on the gallery walls following two weeks of alterations and improvements at the Old School.
A new plinth, dry-lined feature wall, hanging system and colour scheme allow us to showcase the work of our artists and makers in a more flexible and effective way.
There’s just a bit of finishing off to do, but the main work is done and we’re back open.
Work in progress pictures below …
It’s Christmas Advert time again! We don’t have the budget of Waitrose or John Lewis, but what we lack in budget we make up for with: unique, hand-crafted work from our superb makers and artists; scenery to die for (including real snow!); the best pub in the Dale; and not forgetting Swaledale Woollens and the Tea Shop … So ditch Debenhams, abandon Amazon, and instead head to Muker’s premier art gallery and craftshop in stunning Upper Swaledale.
To avoid last minute disappointment, mardy partners, banishment from the bedroom, best friend fall outs, a bad brexit and an end to World peace, please be sure to check out website for Winter opening times, and remember if you can’t get to us, we can post out to you!
Fresh for her successful exhibition at Simonstone Hall in Wensleydale, The Old School Muker is very pleased to welcome the wonderful, abstract landscapes of Gill Waugh.
Gill’s work take us from the Yorkshire Dales to the Outer Hebrides, invoking the moods, atmosphere and beauty, they both share, lovingly worked in acrylic and ink …
… and the vibrant, abstract, style adds another stunning dimension to the range of work we showcase at The Old School.
Richard & Polly
Gill’s Artist Statement
Piers Browne Illustrated finishes on Sunday 30th September, so just a little over a week to view this wonderful, unique collection of etchings, spanning over 40 years and seven books, before it closes. Don’t miss it! Click on the following link to see Piers talk about his etchings in our Hartlake Gallery: Piers Browne Illustrated
I finally succumbed to temptation and landed this wonderful aluminium model Spitfire in the Old School Gallery. Every week or so we have RAF Tucano fast jet training aircraft flying low over Muker, circling Kisdon twice, before heading off into the distance … … and every few weeks I find myself talking to a pilot who’ve flown (to date) Nimrods, Tornados, Canberras, Buccaneers, Comets and Concorde, so it seems fitting to have this superb model at the Old School.
With a wingspan of ~26 inches it’s a great centrepiece in the gallery and would make the ultimate Christmas present for anyone who loves and appreciates this iconic aircraft.
Give it up for Dave Gathercole, our neighbour who last night entertained the good folk of Muker with his first stand up routine.
Yesterday was the 113th Grand Annual Show, held on the most perfect September day. The show retains its roots and traditions, and the competitions, whether baking the tastiest chocolate cake or scone, drawing or painting the perfect landscape, herding truculent sheep, or attempting to run the fell race, are all of a high standard and accompanied by good humour. Perhaps best of all, the show is a place where old friends meet and catch up, whether at the show or after in the Farmers Arms.
The show is yet another great reason to visit our village. More information on the show can be found here (https://www.mukershow.co.uk) but for now a few snaps to remind us of the day.
The Old School is proud to welcome the ceramics of Cumbrian potter Nigel Edmondson.
With a mission to discover ceramic work for our garden, Polly came across the work of Nigel Edmondson at this years Pots in the Park. Perfect!
Nigel’s planters and sculptures are inspired by the Northern fells and dales and their earthy tones and textures will sit well, and become the centrepiece, of any garden.
Alongside the work of Adrian Wood and Michael Kusz, Nigel’s work makes the Old School Garden an even more special place to sit, relax, drink coffee, eat cake and admire the views and the art they inspire 🙂
More about Nigel below.
Richard & Polly
I am constantly searching for new ways to respond to the landscape and every walk on the fells contributes to this.
The surfaces or my ceramics are often richly textured and much of the work incorporates landscape-based abstraction that reflects and responds in particular to the fells that lie on my doorstep and on which I enjoy walking.
Craft-crank clay is used, fired to 1250°C in oxidation, only limited use is made of glazes with colour coming from metal oxides and high firing slips. On occasion multiple firings are employed to allow for further refinement of the ‘painted’ surface.
The Old School is proud to welcome the wonderful printmaking of Carol Nunan. Carol’s work is rooted in the landscape. Her inspiration comes from cultivated and wild flowers, iconic castles, landmarks and archeological history.
Carol works primarily with monotypes and collagraphs. Printed by hand each print is unique. Her fascination lies in experimenting with printmaking media and alternative colour palettes to reflect the changing landscape. Her use of colour and quest to constantly reinvent her practice owes much to the diverse cultural influences of her African and Irish upbringing.
With an aim to bring more printmaking into the Old School Gallery Carol’s work was an immediate and obvious candidate, reflective as it is of the landscape and wildlife that surrounds our gallery and much of the North of England. Seeing it for real at this year’s Printfest, and meeting Carol and Chris, simply confirmed our suspicions, and it’s wonderful to now have the work on display.
The Old School is proud to welcome the work of Beth, age 7. Beth’s work, full of vibrancy, fun and colour, perfectly complements and reflects the smiles of the people who are drawn to it.
It’s not often such a precocious talent arrives fully formed onto the art market. We’d therefore highly recommend an early viewing and purchase to catch the work of an artist who’s reputation, and value, is bound to soar over the coming months and years.
Richard & Polly
Barn With Tin Roof, by local artist Sue Dewhurst, brightened up our dark winter days. Now, just has Spring has sprung in Muker, the painting has moved on to provide warmth and colour in its new owners cottage. We’ll miss it!
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 stunning wildlife photography and film making we enjoy today; impossible without modern, hi-tech equipment, it’s worth reflecting on the limitations of the camera gear available to the Keartons, and how incredibly intrepid and inventive they were to capture their shots, including the use of the famous hollow ox as a portable hide.
We’re currently in conversation with the Museum of Science and Media, who hold in their collection some of the Kearton’s equipment and books, and the V&A whose collection (hopefully) includes some of their original prints, with the aim of holding an exhibition of the Kearton’s work in 2019. Last week I headed down to Bradford to visit to Museum of Science and Media, who were kind enough to provide access to their large and small object stores, both treasure troves of equipment where two of Cherry Kearton’s film cameras are stored.
We’re now waiting for the V&A to get back in touch before we’re able to take the exhibition to the next stage, so watch this space!!
In the meantime there’s a couple more of the Kearton’s images to enjoy below, and more can be found on the Guardian’s website here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2016/jul/14/the-keartons-inventing-nature-photography-in-pictures
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 = deer and lake = play, so Hartlakes is “where the deer play”.
If you walk out of Muker up Vicarage Lane and towards Keld along Lovers Lane, you my well spot deers on the path or in the fields below.
The Vicarage was built around 100 years ago so the name Vicarage Lane is relatively new, and there’s a thought that it was called Hartlake Lane, as Hartlakes is to where the path leads.
And for those who don’t like the sound of bumps in the night Hartlakes is: “reputedly one of the most haunted places in the country. Its other name is Boggle Hall, “boggle” referring to the old name for a spirit that moves from house to house”
More research required!
Over the Winter months one of our projects was to transform the garden at the Old School. Now that Spring has sprung it’s ready to enjoy, along with coffee, cake, cold drinks, artwork and views of Kisdon and Buttertubs.
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 this space!
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
With the coming of Easter The Old School Muker is now open 10am to 5pm every day except Wednesdays, through to the end of October. We look forward to seeing you in Muker!
Please check our website for any last minutes changes.