The exhibitions for 2012 are:
3 July to 28 October: Victoria Cave Revisited & Time to Celebrate
Time to Celebrate: This is a very special year for our country, a year of celebrations. At The Folly, we wanted to reflect this. We wanted to celebrate Her Majestys Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics but we also wanted to extend our celebrations to cover such diverse subjects as peace, families, the local communities of North Craven, past and present and, of course, our own museum.
'Time to Celebrate' looks at some of the ways in which local communities celebrate and mark special occasions. Some months ago we launched an appeal for material for the exhibition and weve been overwhelmed by the response. Weve been loaned memorabilia and photographs from every part of North Craven that show how people have celebrated royal events, family reunions, galas, community shows and school anniversaries. It gives a fascinating insight into our villages and towns and shows how well the people of North Craven can put on a celebration! We hope to add to the exhibition in the coming months as people visit and are inspired to contribute their own material. It is important that we record today's events for posterity.
Photos from mounting the exhibition and the preview via Facebook.
Victoria Cave Revisited
Yorkshire Post: "An exhibition charting the fascinating history of Victoria Cave ... at the Museum of North Craven Life in the Grade I listed Folly in Settle. The exhibition, called Victoria Cave Revisited, features 10 panels - including one illustrating the work of the Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation - and some of the artefacts found at the site". Full article: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/;
Panels (full text to follow soon):
The display panels from the "Victoria Cave Revisited" exhibition are available in PDF and as a standard web page:
News item from the Dalesman Dales cave offers clues to the past.
3xNorber: Photographs, paintings and poems: 3 views of the Norber Erratics; Paul Rogers, Peter Osborne and Elizabeth Burns
The exhibition shows the work of artist Peter Osborne, poet Elizabeth Burns and photographer Paul Rogers and the different ways in which they respond to the well-known landscape feature the Norber erratics, above the village of Austwick (map). The work is displayed on the first floor of The Folly in the permanent exhibition rooms.
The 2012 programme opened with two landmark exhibitions: 'Off the Page: the Story of Dalesman Magazine' and Portraits by Sam Dalby.
'Off the Page' tells the story of the country's best-selling regional magazine through the work of the many talented artists, writers and photographers who have contributed to its pages since it began almost 75 years ago. It contains much original artwork, in the form of pencil drawings, paintings, photographs and cartoons featuring such well-loved characters as 'Old Amos'. A fascinating aspect of the display is the array of magazine covers, which reflect not only changing styles but also the development of production techniques down the years. There is also a collection of 'mystery objects' which have appeared in the regular 'What on Earth?' column to whet the appetites of the curious. This is an exhibition which will appeal to everyone and not just those with Yorkshire in their blood!
'Portraits by Sam Dalby' : We are delighted to be showing an important new exhibition of portraits by Sam Dalby. Local artist Sam grew up in Austwick and is steadily gaining recognition for his work much further afield. He exhibited at the 2003 BP Portrait Award in London and with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2010 and 2011. Sam says, Portraits have been the main focus of my art for the last ten years. This exhibition is effectively a retrospective of that period, as seen through my drawings and paintings of members of the local community. At first these were tentative studies of family and friends and some of them are on show. Next come many charcoal drawings that reflect my growing interest in traditional drawing techniques and from this point on, my portraits are of a broader range of people throughout the Craven area. A lot of the works in the show are from the last two years and represent a cross section of members of the local community. I try to treat all my sitters with honesty and depict them truthfully and fairly. Sam continues, I have been very fortunate in being able to draw the playwright Alan Bennett specially for this show. Alan very generously agreed to sit for a portrait, a privilege not afforded to many and the both the resulting preliminary drawing and the finished painting are included in the show.
A special feature of the exhibition and one which will be of particular interest to art collectors both locally and nationally is an auction for Sams pencil drawing of Alan Bennett. Sealed bids, starting at an initial price of £500, are invited and the winner will be announced when the exhibition closes on 1 July. Sam has kindly agreed to donate all money raised to The Folly Appeal. Details of the sealed bid process are available in the application form (pdf, 100kb): if you are unable to come to the Folly and wish to place a sealed bid, please contact us.
Articles from the Dalesman April 2012 edition about the first two exhibitions:
Sam Dalby (http://www.samdalby.co.uk/) (Sam's Album) (Sam on Facebook)
A special feature of the exhibition was an auction for Sam's pencil drawing of Alan Bennett. Sealed bids were invited and the winner was drawn when the exhibition closed on 1 July. Sam kindly agreed to donate all money raised to The Folly Appeal.
Painting Peter Huby © Sam Dalby
Image of Sam Dalby with his new oil portrait of Alan Bennett
More of Sam's work can be found on his website (http://www.samdalby.co.uk/) and his Album.
Dalesman: Off The Page
Editors: left to right: David Joy, Bill Mitchell, Margaret Walters (daughter of the late Harry Scott, founder of Dalesman), Paul Jackson, Terry Fletcher.
Two of the display boards from the Dalesman section of the exhibition are available as PDF (6Mb)
You may like to review the events for 2012 on the Events page, which gives details of events through the season related to the exhibitions.
Temporary Exhibitions for other years may be found by clicking on the relevant links below: