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Temporary Exhibition 2006

From 19 Nov-10 Dec 2006, there will be a solo exhibition of Philippa Troutman's work: "The Shanties of Ribblehead"

Until 31 October 2006:

'Connections: Artists and Writers in North Craven'

Please note that in 2007 a book entitled 'Connections: Artists and Writers in North Craven' was published by the North Craven Building Preservation Trust that owns the Museum of North Craven Life, substantially using the material from the 'Connections' exhibition. Details of the book may be found on the Publications page.


Exhibition leaflet (147Kb)
Leaflet for the Exhibition: 'Connections: Artists and Writers in North Craven'
For a larger image, see: leaflet (JPEG image); for the full 2-page PDF, see: leaflet.pdf

The Museum of North Craven Life re-opens for the 2006 season, with a major new exhibition entitled 'Connections: artists and writers in North Craven'. It features artists and writers, past and present, who have been inspired by or associated with the area and also explores connections between people and places, some well-known and others less so. Among those included are famous names from previous generations, such as Turner and Ruskin, alongside some of our well-known 20th century and contemporary artists. Writers are similarly represented by examples from earlier days, including Charles Kingsley, Laurence Binyon and the dialect poems of Tom Twisleton, together with other famous contributions from our own time. In addition to the work of individuals, there are special displays on the literary and artistic connections of Malhamdale and Masongill and on the Dalesman magazine, which has done so much to promote local artists and writers. Clapham Art Group is also separately highlighted, with examples of members' work from every decade since the Group's foundation in the late 1940s. A complete list of the artists and writers featured in the exhibition is as follows:

Norman Adams, RA
Anna Butt Adams
Gill Barron
Alan Bennett
Laurence Binyon
Judith Bluck
Elisabeth Brockbank
Gertrude Brodie
Bill Bryson
David Cook
Sam Dalby
Reginald Farrer
Joan Hassall
Katharine Holmes
Philippa Holmes
Thomas Hurtley
'Ionicus' (JC Armitage)
Celia King
Charles Kingsley

Bill Mitchell
Roger Parkinson
David Peace
Constance Pearson
John Piper
Arthur Raistrick
Frederic Riley
William Riley
Tony Roberts
John Ruskin
William Shackleton
Tom Sykes
Philippa Troutman
JMW Turner
Tom and Henry Lea Twisleton
Alfred Wainwright
Bill Wild
Godfrey Wilson


Exhibition leaflet (147Kb); for a larger image click on the links as detailed below
Introduction to the Exhibition
For a larger image, see: Artists_Writers (JPEG image); for a PDF, see: Artists_Writers.pdf

The text reads:

Artists and Writers in North Craven

The upland area of the Yorkshire Dales known as North Craven has stimulated the creative impulse in generations of artists and writers. Visitors have been moved by the magnificent limestone scenery and many who have lived and worked here have found inspiration

Our exhibition features artists and writers, past and present, who have been inspired by or associated with North Craven. It explores connections between people and places and the links from one person to another, some well-known, others less so
The sheer quantity of work associated with the area means that we have, inevitably, had to make omissions. However, above all, we have tried to illustrate the diversity of material available and the fascinating range of 'connections' which exist

A walk round the 'Connections' exhibition: In the entrance hall at the foot of the oak staircase is a board which introduces the exhibition. The first exhibit to attract the visitor's attention is a striking group of three bronze sculptures by Judith Bluck, displayed in the massive inglenook fireplace, two of which are shown below.


Bluck: Mother and Child; © Judith Bluck (JPG, 523Kb)
Judith Bluck (©): 'Mother and Child'
Bluck: 'Startled doe'; © Judith Bluck (JPG, 402Kb)
Judith Bluck (©): 'Startled doe'

Above the panelling are paintings which give a foretaste of the work on view on the upper floors. The walls of the staircase leading to the first floor are lined with paintings by contemporary artists, including Norman Adams, RA, Celia King, Tony Roberts and Sam Dalby. At the foot of the upper flight is a beautiful portrait of Elisabeth Brockbank, a native of Settle and highly-acclaimed miniaturist, whose work is displayed in the case at the top of the stairs. The main room on the first floor has an extensive display on artists and writers associated with Malhamdale, including Ruskin, Turner, Constance Pearson, Philippa Holmes, Katharine Holmes, Joan Hassall, William Shackleton, David Cook, Bill Bryson and Bill Wild. Also in this room are exhibits relating to the influence of the Dalesman magazine, Alan Bennett's local writings and Laurence Binyon's North Craven connections. On the staircase walls leading to the second floor are examples both of the fine work of local artists from previous generations, including Godfrey Wilson and Gertrude Brodie, and two highly individual works by contemporary local artist Gill Barron. The upper flight is devoted to work by members of Clapham Art Group, spanning six decades. The main second floor room is given over to the work of Norman Adams RA, together with paintings, ceramics and poetry by Anna Adams. Also on display in this strikingly beautiful space are further paintings and etchings by David Cook, Reginald Farrer, Sam Dalby and Philippa Troutman. A case in the centre of the room houses many more examples of writers associated with the area, including William Riley, Frederic Riley, Reginald Farrer, Alfred Wainwright and the poetry of Tom Twisleton and his brother, Henry Lea Twisleton. An interesting final board features the surprising literary associations of the tiny hamlet of Masongill and underlines the main purpose of the exhibition: to reveal the amazing range of connections which exist.

Some of the works are for sale: details are available in the Museum.

This exhibition was the subject of an article in "The Dalesman":

Fletcher, Terry: Craven inspires artists by the paintbrushful. Dalesman, vol. 68, no. 6, September 2006, pp. 50-53.


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