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.
THIS WEEK: Huddersfield Literature Festival, special pre-festival event with crime writers Ann Cleeves and Cath Staincliffe, Wed, March 6, 6.30pm, Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre, Charles Sikes Building, University of Huddersfield. Tickets £5-£7. Ann Cleeves is the creator of the Shetland mysteries and the Vera Stanhope novels and a winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger. Cath Staincliffe is a novelist, radio playwright and the creator of ITV’s hit series, Blue Murder, and the Scott & Bailey novels. The main festival runs over 10 days at various venues from March 20-31 featuring major authors and multi-arts events, comedy and creative writing, performance poetry and free family events. Highlights include: March 20, festival launch with a Ted Hughes and Philip Larkin exhibition and a performance by Jonathan Tulloch, inspired by his novel, Larkinland; March 26, Alan Johnson talking about his passion for music and his new memoir, In My Life; March 29, Nikesh Shukla discussing the themes of immigration and assimilation in his latest novel The One Who Wrote Destiny; March 30, bestselling author Joanne Harris talking about The Strawberry Thief, her new novel featuring characters from her first major success Chocolat. https://www.
COMING SOON: Irish Whiskey Masterclass, Harvey Nichols Leeds, Friday, March 15, 7.30pm–9pm. To warm up for St Patrick’s Day on March 17, Harvey Nichols is hosting its first Irish whiskey event. Featuring guest presenters from distilleries including Green Spot, Midleton and Redbreast. Venue: The Bottle Room, Fourth Floor, Harvey Nichols. Tickets are £15, redeemable on purchases of two or more bottles of whiskies tasted on the night. Guests can start or end their night with a three-course meal for £22. https://www.eventbrite.
COMING SOON: Tweet, a new exhibition of bird species captured through the mediums of ceramics, wire, stone, wood, willow and paper handmade by a group of UK artists. From March 16 until June 22, the Craft Centre and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm, closed Sun and Mon. http://www.
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 and rare Eurovision Song Contest programme.Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm. https://www.
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 is 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.
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.
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.
ON NOW: A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes, a touring exhibition from The Civic, Barnsley, York Castle Museum. Until April 28. https://www.
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/
ON NOW: Chatsworth renewed: The house past, present and future at Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, 11am-5pm. Celebrating the restoration of Chatsworth. https://www.
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.
COMING UP: York Fashion Week Ethical Fashion Show, Friday, March 29, 6.30pm-8.30pm, The Courtyard, Hotel du Vin, The Mount, York. Featuring new designs in silk, tweed, linen, and ethically-produced cotton, teamed with the re-use of vintage clothing to explore sustainable chic and minimise impact on the environment and society. A glass of wine (or a non-alcoholic alternative) is included in the ticket price. Tickets £16 online or £15 in advance from York Green Party. https://www.
COMING UP: Saltaire Vintage Home & Fashion Fair, Sat, March 30. Forty-eight stalls of genuine vintage fashion and homewares from the 1920s to the 1980s. Also handmade stalls whose stock all incorporates genuine vintage elements. Victoria Hall, Victoria Road, Saltaire, 9.30am-4pm. Tickets are £3 full price or £2 for concessions on the door. You can buy advance tickets for £2 at http://www.
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-
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.