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April 9, 2019

Harriette Rymer lino prints, York Open Studios

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: York Open Studios, celebrating the best artists and makers living or working within a 10-mile radius of the city. Each year York Open Studios provides an opportunity for the public to visit selected artists’ studios and exhibitions. Sat, April 13 and Sun, April 14, 10am-5pm. Details of artists and venues at https://www.yorkopenstudios.co.uk

ON NOW: Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters, showcasing the works of 26 British-based makers; from fashion, textiles, woodwork, glass, metalwork, furniture, papercraft and lacquer, supplying an overview of excellence in craft today. Exhibitors include Juli Bolanos-Durman, Anthony Burrill, Hiut Denim, Reiko Kaneko and Yinka Ilori. Harewood House, Leeds, until September 1. https://biennial.harewood.org

ON NOW: Victoria Bellas Carter & Suzanne Jewellery, The Station, Station Yard, Richmond,  until Sept 1. Annual spring exhibition of two artists and designers devoted to the use of colour, Victoria Bellas Carter and Suzanne Tweddle. Victoria specialises in original artwork using a tissue paper collage technique while Suzanne is a lampwork artist and jewellery designer. http://www.thestation.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/victoria-bellas-carter-and-suzanne-jewellery

ON NOW: 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. 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.craftcentreleeds.co.uk/tweet

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. Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 2pm-4pm. 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 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.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: 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: Gail Kelly Print Exhibition, The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, until June 22. Woodcut and linocut landscapes printed on to Irish linen, populated by standing stones and fairy thorn trees,  mountain cottages and islands, reflecting the seasonal changes in the patterns of the countryside and farmland. http://www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk/gail-kelly-print-exhibition

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: Harrogate Spring Flower Show, the first big event in the UK gardening calendar, welcoming spring with a celebration of the very best in horticulture. April 25-28, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. Featuring spectacular show gardens, great shopping, live entertainment and the biggest exhibition by florists and flower arrangers in Britain. Call  01423 546157 or visit https://www.flowershow.org.uk

COMING UP: Hinterlands Rural Film Festival, Skipton, Thurs, May 16-Sun, May 19. New annual festival celebrating films set in and about the countryside including special events and screenings of classics and brand-new titles, opening at Skipton Castle with a 50th anniversary screening of Ken Loach’s classic Kes, the story of 15-year-old Billy Casper and his kestrel. Other films showing at Skipton’s Plaza Cinema include survival film Arctic (Sat, May 18), shot on location in Iceland, Oscar- winning documentary Free Solo (Sun, May 19), God’s Own Country (Fri, May 17), a sing-along version of musical Calamity Jane (Sat, May 18), and 1960s classic Whistle Down the Wind (Fri, May 17). Foreign language films include Italian drama Happy as Lazzaro (Sun, May 19), Chilean coming of age story Too Late to Die Young (Sun, May 19), and classic French drama Jean de Florette (Sat, May 18). There’s also a Horror All Nighter at the Plaza on Sat, May 18, featuring full-length horror films and shorts, including new release Hole in The Ground and 1920s horror classic Nosferatuhttps://hinterlandsfestival.org.uk

COMING UP: York Festival of Ideas, various locations, June 4-16. Festival aiming to educate, entertain and inspire. This year’s events include a screening of Mike Leigh’s latest movie Peterloo as well as a discussion with the director on Sun, June 9. The film will be shown at 12.30pm before the discussion with Mike Leigh from 4-5pm at the Piazza Building, University of York. The festival’s full programme will be available in early May. http://yorkfestivalofideas.com

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

COMING UP: Pontefract Liquorice Festival, July 7, 10am-4pm. The festival, held every July, celebrates the town’s historic links with liquorice, featuring food, craft and gift stalls in the market place as well as dancers, musicians and street entertainers. www.experiencewakefield.co.uk/liquorice

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