Ripon gears up for Great North Art Show

Great North Art Show - Painting (A Symphony of Bark) by Wendy Jones of Ripon.
Great North Art Show - Painting (A Symphony of Bark) by Wendy Jones of Ripon.

Ripon Cathedral is gearing up to host the prestigious annual Great North Art Show at the end of the month.

More than 250 pieces of artwork by some of the UK’s finest contemporary painters, printmakers and photographers will be featured in total within the cathedral’s magnificent setting.

A total of 36 artists, six photographers and a sculptor, all professionals, will be showing a fantastic variety of work. There will also be an Art Trail around the city.

The subject matter exhibited will range from still lifes, portraits, and landscapes to abstracts and wildlife studies.

Artists selected for the 2013 event include:

Landscape painter Jill Campbell whose work is inspired by her love of the wild and beautiful North Pennines landscape of Teesdale and Weardale.

Leeds printmaker Janis Goodman, whose intricate etchings, described as “witty, touching and very desirable” reveal her fascination for the repetitive patterns formed by roofs, walls and chimney pots and by plants, birds and trees.

Scottish artist Malcolm Davies whose intriguing work is centred around history, archaeology and wildlife.

Yorkshire painter Emerson Mayes reputation continues to grow as a result of his fresh, honest and uncontrived approach which is firmly grounded in the British landscape tradition.

Wendy Orme from the Great North Art Show said: “We are delighted at the artists taking part in the 2013 Great North Art Show. The exhibition and art trail, with its photography, etchings and prints, aims to create an opportunity to enjoy a superb selection of high quality art .

“We are very grateful to Carter Jonas for donating a prize of £1,000 for the best body of work, and Charles Stanley of Leeds who are kindly sponsoring the preview on August 30.”

This year’s exhibition will also include work from an exciting selection of professional photographers: Bill Baillie, Jamie Crathorne, Zemrick, Michael Dunne former apprentice to Cecil Beaton, Paul Berriff, known for his iconic shots of The Beatles, and documentary photographer Paul Harris.

The 2013 Great North Art Show opens on Saturday, August 31 and runs until Sunday, September 22. Entry to the cathedral is free and all paintings are for sale.

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