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Great North Art Show: free and fabulous

September 14, 2017

I love art and architecture and discovered the perfect marriage of the two at Ripon Cathedral this week.  It’s the location for the annual Great North Art Show, an exhibition of work by some of the finest northern contemporary artists and makers. It showcases everything from prints, paintings and photography to  ceramics and sculpture. I’m afraid it ends on September 24, so there’s not much time left to see it.

Entry is free, though there is a £3 charge if you want to take photographs. I happily paid as the money goes towards the upkeep of the cathedral, which is truly magnificent. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the architecture, craftsmanship and history of this medieval building.  It is famed for its 15th century misericords (decorative carvings on the choir stalls) said to have inspired Lewis Carroll, who was a frequent visitor to Ripon Cathedral, where his father was one of the Canons.

The art sits wonderfully well in this ecclesiastical setting and brings to mind the phrase “God given talent”.  Here are some of my favourite pieces:

These colourful pictures are by Yorkshire artist Adam King

Chris Moss is a Harrogate-based wire sculptor. I love this group of dogs made from chicken wire.

See the little people scurrying about on this canvas by Neil McBride. It’s entitled “Big Apple”.

The lady on the right, who is part teapot, is my absolute favourite work of art in the exhibition. She was made by Caroline Lord, who specialises in creating mosaics and quirky 3D constructions out of broken pieces of pottery. A brilliant bit of recycling!

The Great North Art Show is at Ripon Cathedral until September 24. All the work in the exhibition is for sale.  Entry is free and the event is open from 10am – 4.30pm daily. For details visit www.greatnorthartshow.co.uk

If you’re looking for somewhere to have a snack/lunch, I can recommend Oliver’s Pantry on North Street, Ripon, just off the Market Square. It has a really interesting menu, the decor is cool and they do an all-day veggie breakfast.

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