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David Greenwood
Until Saturday, December 8, 2018

West Yorkshire artist David Greenwood has always had great affection for York – something that is demonstrated in his latest exhibition at Kentmere House Gallery, as he portrays the city in vibrant pastels that illustrate his own uniquely lively style. 

Kentmere House Gallery, York
Until Monday, October 15, 2018

Set on the border of two countries at war, this poignant production tells the story of Hari and Nor: two guards who have found themselves stationed on opposite sides of the border for six years. In spite of their lingual and cultural differences, they have learned how to communicate with one another – and, together, cope with the traumatic realities of war through the world of dreams, represented by the poems of Lauri Viita.

Until Saturday, October 20, 2018

The definitive 30th anniversary tour of Fame The Musical – starring Keith Jack, Mica Paris and Jorgie Porter (of Hollyoaks and Dancing On Ice fame) has all the spellbinding show tunes, jaw-dropping dance routines and general razzmatazz that makes the live production as unforgettable as it’s name.

Miss Saigon
Until Saturday, October 20, 2018

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical has been a recent smash hit in the West End and promises to deliver equally impressive results during its residency in Bradford. 

The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
Until Friday, November 16, 2018

Giacomo Puccini’s melodrama of love, lust, cruelty and self-sacrifice, portrays relationships at their best and worst with uncompromising force. ​Fuelled by a heart-rending score – at times soaring and tender, at other times brutally powerful – Opera North’s sensational production is a poignant and compelling musical journey through the repercussions of revenge.

Beavers to Weavers
Until Sunday, January 6, 2019

This environmentally-focused exhibition displays beautiful objects made by creatures from every corner of the animal kingdom – everything from (as the title suggests) beavers to weaver birds. Discover how animals build their own homes, make armour or camouflage for survival, craft tools and traps to catch food, or change their appearances.

Leeds City Museum
Heads Roll
Until Saturday, November 24, 2018

Dating back to Ancient Egypt, portraiture has a long tradition as a record of status, power and achievement. But now, in the age of the selfie, the portrait has become ephemera. 
Heads Roll investigates why – featuring contemporary and historical work by over 60 nationally and internationally renowned artists over the course of 400 years.

Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield
Alke Schmidt
Until Sunday, November 4, 2018

Exploring the politics and morality of the textile industry through time and continents, Alke Schmidt situates local stories from Bradford's wool industry in a global context – creatively linking its industrial heritage with how and where our clothes are made now. 

Bradford Industrial Museum
Seeds of Hope
Until Sunday, November 4, 2018

In an innovative and unusual twist on the traditional exhibition experience (and working in the same Walled Garden as their forebears) Seeds of Hope will celebrate the end of the First World War – and a time, in the estate’s history, of great optimism and change – by bringing the Harewood Estate back to life as it was in 1918, through the eyes of the gardeners who lived and worked there.

Vivienne Westwood Shoes
Until Sunday, April 28, 2019

Spanning the decades from the 1970s to now, this new exhibition at York Castle Museum shows just why Vivienne Westwood remains the undisputed Queen of British fashion. Explore the passion that her shoes can inspire for yourself by exploring a collection chosen for its beauty, innovation and artistry. 

William Tillyer and Gareth Griffiths
Until Sunday, October 28, 2018

Can art communicate the impact of climate change more effectively than facts and figures? The Kunsthuis Gallery is determined to give it a go. In the fourth out of five exhibitions running alongside their Our Earth 2018 programme, one of Britain’s most respected painters, William Tillyer, and recently elected member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, Gareth Griffiths, will showcase their work.

Say it Loud
Until Monday, December 31, 2018

They say a picture tells a thousand words – but which ones? Drawing from a largely unseen collection of posters from the mining industry, Say it Loud investigates the devices used by poster designers – including their use of colour, imagery, typography, shock, humour and persuasion – to better understand how and why art speaks to us.

Aftermath: Living Through The Peace
Until Saturday, December 22, 2018

For every British and Empire soldier killed during the First World War, eight survived. What did they go home to? And what did society expect of them? Using the personal stories of Green Howards soldiers, this exhibition explores the pivotal post-war years for soldiers in Yorkshire, amid a shifting political and social landscape, in a fitting tribute to the centenary of the end of the First World War.


Magic and Mystery
Until Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Explore the role of magic in the lives of people that lived in the Middle Ages in this enchanting exhibition, which investigates those accused of witchcraft, the ‘science’ of medieval alchemy and the prophecies of the future that really came true. There’s a bewitching programme of family-friendly activities – so whether you want to brew your own potion, craft your own wand or ward off evil spirits with your own charms, you can get straight down to (spell) work.

Ilona Sulikova and Penny Kealey
Until Saturday, November 3, 2018

Ceramicist Ilona Sulikova joins forces with painter and printmaker Penny Kealey for this exhibition at Gallery 49 – where large, raku-fired vessels, meticulously decorated with intricate geometric patterns, will sit alongside stunning paintings, etchings and woodcuts.

Contemporary Art Collaboration with The Hepworth
Until Sunday, October 28, 2018

Through this exciting collaboration with the 2017 Art Fund Museum of the Year, contemporary artist Giles Round will respond to the legacy Thomas Chippendale left behind as an interior designer by exploring how artists influence interiors – displaying a selection of contemporary artworks in Nostell's historic rooms.

Times of Change: Women and Confectionary
Until Friday, March 1, 2019

It’s a maxim that’s continually proven to be true: behind every good man is a woman. And in the confectionery industry, it’s no different. Women, often in unsung roles, shaped the sweet industry into what it has become today, and this exhibition celebrates their involvement.

Making Her Mark
Until Sunday, November 4, 2018

This new exhibition, in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, showcases a number of portraits of influential women who have made a contribution to art and culture, from Amy Winehouse through to Judi Dench (and not forgetting JK Rowling).

Out of the Block
Until Sunday, October 28, 2018

This exhibition captures the way in which Henry Moore constantly refined his technique to create ever-more impressive sculptural work – items that would make his name and reputation. More than 30 sculptures, dating back to the 1920s, are on display here.

Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds
Thinking Drinkers Pub Crawl
Until Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fringe favourites the Thinking Drinkers are back with a new, hilariously intoxicating bar-hop through history. Enjoy five free drinks as the award-winning experts take you from the symposiums of Ancient Greece to the classic British boozer – via Wild West saloons, Victorian gin palaces and the secret Speakeasy.

Selkby Town Hall
Pete Firman
Until Thursday, October 18, 2018

One of the UK’s most celebrated magicians and comedians is set to bring an astonishing show to the Stephen Joseph Theatre this October – promising to mesmerise audiences with his acclaimed blend of laugh-out-loud stand up and jaw-dropping magic in a truly unique live theatre experience. You should always prepare to be enchanted whenever Pete works his magic.

Musicport Festival 2018
Until Sunday, October 21, 2018

Having started life as a not-for-profit community business back in 2000, Musicport now has 18 festivals to its name and big ambitions for this year’s celebrations. So far the line up already includes Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Afnan Prince, Edwina Hayes and Tankus The Henge, with other artists arriving from as far afield as India to the USA promising one foot-stomping good time.

The Great Escape Game
Until Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Good luck surviving the Halloween escape rooms this October, where the challenge isn’t actually escaping the demons, but just surviving to see the light of day. Running between 19th and 20th October, and again between 26th and 31st October, you’ll experience sinister tricks, terrifying scares and extra-tortuous escape rooms as you try and break out of this horribly haunted space. This one is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Atlas House, Leeds
Doncaster Knights v London Irish
Saturday, October 20, 2018

While Yorkshire neighbours Carnegie take on the Scottish, the Knights take on fellow cockneys the London Irish in their last home league game before the new-look Championship Cup kicks off in November. And this promises to be a real clash of the titans; while the Knights are enjoying impressive form, the Irish don’t look content to stick around in the Championship for long.

Castle Park Stadium, Doncaster
Yorkshire Carnegie v London Scottish
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Unlike London Scottish (who seem to be following in the footsteps of their own rather dismal Championship campaign last year) Carnegie have started the new season on fine form, meaning there’s only one likely winner of this match up. But nothing’s as unpredictable as sport – it’s all to play for at Headingly Stadium.

Emerald Headingly Stadium, Leeds

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