Yorkshire's Artistic Hidden Gems

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The Moors National Park Centre photo by Chris Parker
Yorkshire's towns and country are home to some artistic hidden gems. Here are a few not to miss
Dean Clough, Jane Samson

Art In The Mill
An independent gallery in the famously arts-friendly market town of Knaresborough, just a few minutes walk from the station. Art In The Mill occupies three floors of a former flax mill in the charmingly pretty Green Dragon Courtyard, which lends an air of the historic to an otherwise thoroughly modern gallery. The work on display showcases the diversity of contemporary art from Yorkshire, with quality works that will transform your home into a gallery in its own right. Green Dragon Yard, Knaresborough, 01423 862963 www.artinthemill.co.uk

Saltbox Gallery
Situated in the busy town of Helmsley, the Saltbox Gallery and Workshop is a contemporary art and craft gallery showcasing a rich assortment of work, from salt-glazed ceramics and blacksmithing to jewellery and etchings. Owned by blacksmith Matthew Dwyer and jeweller Louise Dwyer, the gallery displays work that has been personally selected by this knowledgeable pair for its quality and innovative spirit, and regularly changing exhibitions highlight artists who have caught their eye. Step outside into the courtyard garden for a reminder of your proximity to the North York Moors and views of Helmsley Castle. 2 Castlegate, Helmsley, 01439 770881 www.saltboxgallery.co.uk

Dean Clough Mills
A thriving business community with artistic tastes housed on a 20-acre site that was once one of the word's largest carpet factories. This vast building is home to all manner of businesses – a gym, a hotel and restaurants. But Dean Clough is also a centre for the arts; the building provides rent-free accommodation for a number of local artists and arts organisations with the aim of encouraging creativity to thrive in the town. Halifax, 01422 250250 www.deanclough.com

Joe Cornish Gallery
Based in the Grade II listed 18th century Register House in the market town of Northallerton, Joe Cornish Gallery is a welcoming photography gallery showcasing Joe's images and a selection of work by fellow artists in permanent exhibition throughout the first floor. Joe is renowned for capturing the breathtaking beauty of North Yorkshire, the North East and beyond, and his gallery brings the magic of the countryside into the heart of town. Shop for fantastic prints, gifts, and see the latest exhibitions. Zetland Street, Northallerton, 01609 777404 www.joecornishgallery.co.uk

Inspired By…
Beside the River Esk in Danby lies the Moors National Park Centre, a great starting point for visitors to the moors that provides tourist information for the area and has its own gallery. The focus of the gallery is on work inspired by the surrounding landscape. And what a landscape it is; many artists are intent on capturing the rolling moors, stunning coastal panoramas and abundant wildlife of the national park, and use a remarkable range of mediums to do so, including ceramics, glass, paint and 3D art. The North York Moors Centre, Danby, 01439 772738 www.northyorkmoors.com

Riley's Gallery
Painter Caroline Riley's gallery and workspace can be found in a converted tractor shed on the North York Moors. Caroline's work is a response to the landscape of her childhood, which the gallery's prime location allows her to visit every day. Caroline has been painting for most of her life and her remarkably lifelike work is a testament to her skill and intense passion for her subject. Visitors are welcome at her rural hideaway, but phoning ahead is advised. The Tractor Shed, Commondale, 01287 660456 www.tractorshedcommondale.eu

Focus on Felt
Inspired by the Dales and its changeable mood, Andrea Hunter's wildlife and landscape pieces are certainly something of note. Andrea discovered her love of working with felt and textiles a number of years ago, and her work since has demonstrated the versatility of the medium, with which she captures the rich textures and dramatic light of the Dales countryside. Her studio and gallery is located in the small village of Hardraw, close to Hawes. Hardraw, Hawes, 01969 667644 www.focusonfelt.co.uk

Published in: February 2014

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