2019 Exhibitions & Events

Welcome to our 2019 programme of exhibitions and events at The Old School Muker. This year our focus turns to the rich and fascinating medium of printmaking and the printmaker’s art, whether woodcuts, etchings, linocut or collagraphs. From April to October The Hartlake Gallery will feature six of the top printmakers in the UK, each with their own unique style, techniques and subject matter, but all sharing a common thread; a love for the rugged landscape, flora and fauna that’s synonymous with our surroundings, and that makes Muker, and Upper Swaledale, such a magical place …

… And in September 2019 we are extremely proud to host a solo exhibition by Yorkshire artist Sue Nichol.  Fell, Stone and Sky, captures the Dales landscape, and in particular our surroundings in Upper Swaledale, in Sue’s unique, atmospheric, style. Sue’s original oil paintings have proved immensely popular with the art loving public who have visited The Old School over the last two years. The show will be held upstairs in the Hartlake Gallery.

Our full 2019 programme is listed below. Please check in regularly for updates and additions.

Recently featured on Countryfile, Shona’s wood prints are made from printing directly from the wood, burning it to raise the grain so everything you see in the print is the nature of the wood itself revealed in all its mystery and complexity.

Shona Branigan Wood Printing Workshop, Sunday 14th April 11am-3pm

If you love wood and enjoy (or want to learn) how to produce wonderful prints direct from the wood, this workshop will be for you. Shona will take you through the process of making the print, from burning the wood, through brushing, sealing and inking, then producing the print itself.  Every small detail of the wood being re-produced creating a beautiful piece of artwork which you can take away with you. If you’d like to bring your own, favourite, piece of wood to print then it should be a slice of wood, 44x44cm or smaller, that you can carry and will sit on a table-top. Due to the hands-on nature of teaching places are limited so be sure to book early

Location: Muker Village Hall
Places: 5
Price £50
Booking: email ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk


Laura is an artist printmaker working exclusively in linocut and authentic Japanese water-based woodblock. Laura’s work focuses on the landscapes of the UK and Japan, her interest in pattern and form within landscape, and its light, weather and seasonality.


Hester’s colourful and richly textured collagraph prints re􀃸ect her appreciation of the natural landscape. Hester accentuates the patterns that she finds in the natural world, celebrates the colours found in nature and draws attention to the everyday occurrences that happen around us, but that often go unnoticed or are soon forgotten.


Carol is an artist printmaker specialising in monotype and collagraph prints that interpret rural Northern landscapes, its spiritual significance over millennia on those living and passing through, and how man has marked that significance on his surroundings.


Sarah is an artist, printmaker and part time lecturer, who employs a range of various processes, in the making of her prints and paintings, taking inspiration from both the Yorkshire landscape around her and the ever changing North Cornwall coastline.


Over the past few years, Sue Nichol’s atmospheric interpretations of Swaledale and the wider Yorkshire Dales have proved enduringly popular with the art loving public who visit our gallery. In September 2019 we are very proud to host a solo exhibition of Sue’s original oil paintings. Fell, Stone and Sky, celebrates the Dales landscape and in particular our surroundings in Upper Swaledale. The exhibition will run throughout September in our Hartlake Gallery


Morna specialises in copper plate etchings based on her own drawings, paintings and photographs created whilst walking in wild and wonderful places such as the mountains of Wales, the Cornish Coast and more recently the Isle of Skye and the Yorkshire Dales