The Folly contains the following permanent exhibitions:
and the following temporary exhibitions during 2003:
Lillian Clark: A life of Painting
Lillian Clark, who died in August aged 104, devoted much of her spare time to recording the landscape and plant life of her native Yorkshire Dales. Her medium was water-colour, her output profuse and her work was wide-ranging, from Dentdale to the Scottish Highlands. At her request, about 50 paintings in her possession are to be sold and the proceeds given to St Alkelda's Church at Giggleswick, where she had worshipped since childhood.
The paintings will be exhibited, with some memorabilia, at The Folly, Settle, on a series of dates beginning with a preview (to which all are invited) on November 22, commencing at 11 a.m.
Born in 1899, she lived most of her life in Ribble Terrace, Settle, and trained as a teacher at Bingley College, where she was encouraged to spend most of her time in the art room. She was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London but could not take it up, needing to ear a living to help the family's finances. As a teacher, her first post was t Crossflatts Junior School, Leeds, where - at the tender age of 20 - she taught a class of 62 boys aged ten and eleven years. She was subsequently appointed Head of the Juniors and Infants at Bentham Primary School.
Lillian retired from Bentham after 32 years, in 1961, and the next 30 years saw her painting develop and was her most productive period. She was one of the earliest members of the Clapham Art Group, exhibiting every May for more than 50 years. Lillian worked in all seasons and was not averse to painting in rain or even snow. On view at the Folly will be a large painting of the Ribble when it was completely frozen. In contrast are colour studies of garden and hedgerow plants.
The exhibition will be open on Saturday, November 22nd, Sunday 23rd, Tuesday 25th, Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th - on each date at 11am until 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Exhibition: paintings by Celia King and sculpture by Ruth Pavla Davey
Settle's historic Folly is the venue for a new exhibition, opening Tuesday 5th August 2003 of paintings by Celia King and sculpture by Ruth Pavla Davey. Celia has lived and worked locally for many years and her mixed media paintings reflect her passion for nature and the sea. Ruth lives and works in Cumbria and her special interest in sacred art has led her to explore ways of expressing a sense of spirit and timelessness through the human figure. The light and spacious atmosphere of the upper floor and stair tower of the seventeenth century Folly provides an ideal setting for the work of these two well-known artists. The exhibition will run until 30th September and will be open every Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday and on Bank Holiday Monday from 10.30a.m. to 4.30p.m. For more details, see: king_davey.
Reginald Farrer: A new exhibition for 2003
The major new exhibition for the 2003 season traces the remarkable life and achievements of Reginald Farrer 'the father of rock gardening', who lived in Clapham and introduced many new plants into cultivation from his Far Eastern expeditions. Farrer's talents as writer and artist, as well as plant-collector, are amply illustrated in the displays, which are full of colour and interest.
Farrer, whose home was Ingleborough Hall, Clapham, some five miles from Settle, was born in 1880. His chief claim to fame is the way in which he revolutionised gardening and in particular the rock garden. As a child he developed a passionate interest in plants, nurtured through his exploration of the limestone hills around his home. These early enthusiasms led to his later journeys in the mountains of Europe and Asia, his experiences vividly described in his writings. His two major expeditions were to Kansu in China and to Upper Burma. He introduced many new species of plants to this country and brought back others that had been lost to cultivation. He died in Burma in 1920.
Reginald Farrer was in every way a remarkable man. Possessed of amazing stamina, he was tireless in the pursuit of his beloved plants. He also wrote ceaselessly - books on plant collecting and gardening, novels, plays, letters and articles - and painted exquisite water colours of his plant specimens.
The Folly exhibition, rich in colour and interest, traces Farrer's life through his letters, books, photographs and paintings, together with examples of some of the fascinating objets he brought back from the Far East. Among these are fine embroideries, including a Japanese Noh robe, worn by actors in the Noh plays, a traditional ceremonial drama peculiar to Japan. The Museum is greatly indebted to Dr and Mrs John Farrer and the Trustees of the Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth Collections at Gawthorpe Hall for the loan of items for the exhibition. The text of the display boards of the Farrer exhibition can be found in the Literature section.
Temporary Exhibitions for other years may be found by clicking on the relevant links below: