Exhibitions & Events

2018 Programme of Exhibitions & Events

Spring 2018

Yorkshire’s Coast & Sea

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From March 31st to 13th May the Old School brings the sights, sounds and smells of Yorkshire’s stunning coastline and seascapes, to land locked upper Swaledale, featuring the work of some of Yorkshire’s finest artists and photographers including:

As we build up to the exhibition we’ll be profiling each artist work, click the names above to visit each profile.

The exhibition will be upstairs in our new Hartlake Gallery exhibition space.

Summer 2018

Rock Legends, Paul Berriff 

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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 the most exciting, creative and important, musical era in British history. The bands and artists Paul photographed include: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Adam Faith, Sandy Shaw and Pink Floyd, to name just a few.

Between 26th May to 24th June the Old School Muker is extremely excited and proud to showcase this important and historic collection of images in our new Hartlake Gallery, in an exhibition timed to coincide with the Swaledale Music & Arts Festival.

The exhibition will be upstairs in our new Hartlake Gallery exhibition space.


50 Years Behind The Lens, Presented by Paul Berriff 

Paul Berriff Talk
On Saturday 9th June, as part of the Rock Legends exhibition, BAFTA award winner Paul Berriff will be coming to Muker to talk about his life and career as a photographer and filmmaker, a career spanning 50 years from the 1960s to the present day.

Paul’s talk will take you on a memorable journey from his early influences as a 1950’s paper boy delivering Picture Post and Life Magazine – two magazines that told the news and current affairs through powerful full page black and white photographs – via his time as a young press photographer for the Yorkshire Evening Post chasing police cars and fire engines around the streets of Leeds, and onto his days … click to read more.

The talk will take place at 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.

Peter Brook Returns to Muker

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Back in the day, Peter Brook was a popular and frequent visitor to both Swaledale and The Old School, with numerous exhibitions and trips to photograph and paint the Dale.  Sadly Peter is no longer with us but his memory is kept alive by the many visitors to the Old School who were lucky enough to meet him and who still appreciate his unique ability to capture the mood, thought and feeling of Yorkshire landscapes, through wit as well as oil.



During the month of June The Old School is pleased to announce an exhibition of Peter Brook’s work, including originals, artist proofs and signed limited edition prints, many featuring scenes familiar to those who live, work in and visit Upper Swaledale.

Up Hill & Down Dale, John Harrison

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Between 30th June & 29th July, The Old School is proud to present Up Hill & Down Dale, a solo exhibition by Drawn in Yorkshire’s John Harrison, as regularly featured in the Dalesman Magazine.

Rupert the Bear, the Eagle, Dandy & Beano, Superman, Batman … For Yorkshire born John Harrison, these, and many more, were early influences. In fact, the very first time John read a Rupert Bear story he just knew he wanted to draw (and be in) those wonderful scenes of an idyllic world. The pen and ink style of all this childhood reading influenced John to a greater extent than he first realised – after trying out most other media John came full circle and for the last few years has worked almost exclusively in a line and wash style. For John it feels the most natural thing in the world and that feeling shines through in his work.

On Saturday 7th July John will be at the Old School, to talk about his work, influences and inspiration.

The exhibition will be upstairs in our new Hartlake Gallery exhibition space.

Adrian Wood, Artist Blacksmith 

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Throughout the summer we plan to showcase the work of artist blacksmith in our newly landscaped, walled garden. Designs are being worked on as I type and all will be revealed soon.

Dates and details to follow.

Autumn 2018

Piers Browne, Illustrated

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From Saturday 1st September to Sunday 30th September we’re delighted to be holding a solo exhibition of celebrated painter, printmaker and author Piers Browne, our near neighbour who lives just “Over the Tops” from us in inspirational Wensleydale.

The exhibition brings together a specially selected collection of etchings from Piers’s eight books, written between 1988 and 2018.

Each print is lovingly created by hand, inked by hand, rolled through the press by hand and signed to say genuine.  With each indivually printed by Piers himself, each is a unique work of art.

More to follow.

Northern Latitudes, Richard & Janet Burdon

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From 6th October to 4th November, Northern Latitudes takes us on an Old Norse journey from Northern Britain to Norway & Greenland, with a collection of stunning, serene, minimalist compositions, by husband and wife team Richard & Janet Burdon.

Richard & Janet are well known at The Old School for their monochrome images of Swaledale sheep caught up in winter snowstorms, and Northern Latitudes provides both the opportunity to venture further afield to showcase a wider range of their work, including both monochrome and colour work.

The exhibition will be upstairs in our new Hartlake Gallery exhibition space.

More to follow …