If you love art and architecture then the Great North Art Show is a must see. It is staged in the truly magnificent Ripon Cathedral, runs from September 1 to 23 and is completely free.
Hundreds of artworks by some of the North’s finest contemporary artists will adorn the aisles of this beautiful, ecclesiastical building. They are all brilliant, of course, but I am especially looking forward to seeing Mark Hearld’s offering. Mark, who is based in York, takes his inspiration from the flora and fauna of the British countryside and works across a number of mediums, producing limited edition lithographic and linocut prints, paintings, collages and hand-painted ceramics.
Potter Kit Hemsley is a new favourite of mine. I visited her studio and home this week as part of the day job and I can report that her work is stunning, clever and compelling. Much of it is inspired by the Yorkshire coast, which is where she grew up.
Other artists and makers who will be showcasing their work include Harrogate-based sculptor Eric Moss; Katie Edwards, an award-winning illustrator based in Cumbria; Brian Robinson, whose atmospheric watercolours have been exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London and for the Guild of Railway Artists and Ian Mitchell, whose landscape prints celebrate the British coast and countryside while paying homage to the early 20th Century travel posters.
The 2018 Great North Art Show opens on Saturday, September 1, and runs until Sunday, September 23. It is open Open 10am – 4.30pm daily. Entry to the cathedral and exhibition is free and all artworks are for sale.
Visit www.greatnorthartshow.co.uk for more details.