Hartlake Gallery, Stripped & Ready for Action

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.

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Christmas At The Old School Muker

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…

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The Old School Welcomes the Abstract Landscapes of Gill Waugh

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 … ……

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Piers Browne Illustrated, One week to go!

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   …

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A Spitfire Lands at the Old School

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…

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Muker Show 2018

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…

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The Old School Welcomes, The work of Beth Age 7

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…

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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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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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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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The Old School Welcomes Giles Davies

The Old School is delighted to showcase the work of Giles Davies, a new and welcome discovery for our little gallery in Swaledale.   Through the medium of collage Gile’s creates images reminiscent of the fells and mountains that surround us, carefully matching the colours, textures and shapes of the scene with cuttings from colour magazines. Look…

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Yorkshire Coast & Sea, Giles Davies

We came across Giles’s collage work just a couple of weeks ago. What a find! … And included in his portfolio of mountains, hills and coastlines was this superb image of Whitby with its wonderful colours and reflections. Whitby, September Sun | Giles Davies Though we’d already printed all the signs, posters and leaflets for Yorkshire…

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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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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…

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