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February 19, 2019

The Knitter’s Yarn, Harrogate

Here’s our round-up of upcoming gorgeous events – the perfect place to find out what’s on in Yorkshire. If you’d like to be featured, simply email gorgeousyorkshire@gmail.com

THIS WEEK: Charity knitting/crochet group, Mon, Feb 25, 10am-12 noon. St Peter’s Church, Cambridge Street, Harrogate. Organised by The Knitter’s Yarn, to knit/crochet for a charity that each person attending would like to support.  Those attending are asked to bring needles and some of their own (and any spare) yarn to start with. Entrance is £2.50 for tea/coffee/biscuits which will go towards the cost of hiring the facilities. Anyone wishing to learn to knit is welcome. https://theknittersyarn.com/pages/charity

ON NOW: Views of Harrogate, until June 1, Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate. Portraits of the spa town, from iconic Harrogate landscapes and scenes, such as Doris Zinkeisen’s contemporary society portrait of the Valley Gardens in its early 20th century heyday, to rare collectibles like The Beatles at the Royal Hall poster from 1963 and the Eurovision Song Contest 1982 programme. Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm. https://www.harrogate.gov.uk/info/20152/mercer_art_gallery

ON NOW: Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds and The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, until May 6. To mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, two Yorkshire galleries will display selections of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings. The Royal Collection Trust exhibition spans 12 UK cities and gives a very special opportunity to see Leonardo’s work up close. Leeds: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-3pm. Sheffield: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-4pm, open until 8pm every Thursday (except Mar 7&21). Among the works on display in Sheffield will be in Studies of water (c.1517-18). In this drawing Leonardo built up the image in stages, first creating an underlying structure of water currents in chalk and then adding little rosettes of bubbles on the surface in ink, almost as decoration. https://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/leedsartgallery/exhibitions/leonardo and http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/millennium-gallery/exhibitions/current/leonardo-da-vinci-a-life-in-drawing

ON NOW: Norman Ackroyd: The Furthest Lands, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, near Wakefield. Exhibition of work by Norman Ackroyd CBE, RA, one of Britain’s leading landscape artists and print makers, showcasing a vast range of work that explores the western edges of the British Isles. Until Feb 24. https://ysp.org.uk/exhibitions/norman-ackroyd

ON NOW: Colne Valley in black and white, Colne Valley Museum, Golcar,  until Feb 24. Historical photograph collection. www.colnevalleymuseum.org.uk

ON NOW: The BFG in Pictures, York Art Gallery, until Feb 24. An exhibition of original Quentin Blake illustrations, prepared for Roald Dahl’s classic story The BFG. Curated by Quentin Blake himself, the exhibition contains 40 original artworks, including rarely seen unpublished illustrations, exhibited alongside the final illustrations for the book, giving an insight into the collaboration between author and artist. https://www.yorkartgallery.org.uk/exhibition/the-bfg-in-pictures

ON NOW: Made with Love exhibition, The Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery, collections of jewellery, ceramics and works in mixed media celebrating the romance of British craft. Until March 9. One of the artists taking part is Makiko Hastings, who works from her studio in North Yorkshire where she creates hand-thrown ceramic stoneware, kept simple and functional. Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, closed Sundays and Mondays. www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk

ON NOW: Ceramic showcase by Anna Whitehouse – Sketching in Clay; 100 Bottles in 100 Days. A hundred bottles created by a Yorkshire ceramic artist on show today at The Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, Leeds. Last year Anna completed a 100-day challenge that started on January 1 to make a ceramic bottle a day for 100 days. Until April 20, Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm. www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk

ON NOW: A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes, a touring exhibition from The Civic, Barnsley, York Castle Museum. Until April 28. https://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

ON NOW: Estate of War: Doncaster’s Country Houses, exploring the impact of the First World War on Doncaster’s country houses. Until Dec, Cusworth Hall, Cusworth, Doncaster. Closed Thurs and Fri. www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/culture-leisure-tourism/cusworth-hall-museum-and-park

ON NOW: Chatsworth renewed: The house past, present and future at Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, 11am-5pm. Celebrating the restoration of Chatsworth. https://www.chatsworth.org

ON NOW: Dolls’ House Exhibition, Newby Hall & Gardens, near Ripon. Seventy houses of all shapes, sizes, styles and ages in one of the world’s most important private collections. www.newbyhall.com

COMING UP: Vintage Home Show, March 24, 11am-4pm, Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawsons Corner,  Farsley, Leeds. Vintage, midcentury and retro home items, including sideboards, chairs, tables, display units and lighting from 1950-1970. Also ceramics, glass, kitchenaila and textiles from specialist dealers. Entry £2.50, early bird entry 10:30 am £4. https://www.vintagehomeshow.co.uk/leeds

COMING UP: Dressed in Time, Saturday, April 6, 2pm at The Studio Theatre, Bradford. M&S history is brought to life using fashion and music to tell the story of the business, from a Leeds market stall to international retailer. The event, organised by the M&S Company Archive, features their Leeds-based collection of original vintage and replica garments. Tickets are £5 (booking fee may apply) and include tea and cake after the performance. Booking is essential as places are limited. To reserve a place for the performance, visit  https://www.bradford-theatres.co.uk/whats-on/ms-dressed-in-time

COMING UP: Valley Gardens 40s Day, Sunday, June 23, 11am-5pm, Valley Gardens, Harrogate. A free event perfect for people who love all things 1940s,. https://www.visitharrogate.co.uk/events/valley-gardens-1940s-day-p1258951

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