The Old School Welcomes Hester Cox

The Old School is extremely pleased to welcome in the work of Horton-in-Ribblesdale artist and print maker Hester Cox. Silent Night, Hester Cox Hester’s work is inspired by and reflects the natural rhythms of the natural world that  that surrounds her home in the Yorkshire Dales and that she passes whilst out on the tops, fell running. Where the Curlew Cries, Hester Cox Flying Home to Roost, Hester Cox Hester’s collagraphs are a wonderful addition to our growing portfolio of

Piers Browne Illustrated, 1 Sept – 30 Sept

Piers will be at the Old School on Saturday and Sunday, from 1:30pm to 3pm, for the final weekend of his exhibition. Piers Browne Illustrated is the first (and perhaps last) exhibition that brings together a specially curated collection of etchings from all of Piers books into a single show. As part of the exhibition Piers will be at The Old School Muker on the afternoon of Sunday 2ndSeptember to discuss his work and inspiration. Each print is lovingly created by hand, inked

Piers Browne, Illustrated – Exhibition Catalogue

The catalogue for the upcoming Pier’s Browne Illustrated exhibition is now available. This slideshow requires JavaScript. The catalogue measures 21cm x 21cm and contains 31 selected reproductions of Pier’s etchings, printed on 170g uncoated paper. The catalogues also contains a full price list (including dimensions) for the work on show. The catalogue costs £5 plus £2 p&p. To request a copy please email ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk. About the Exhibition Piers Browne Illustrate

The Old School Welcomes Carol Nunan

The Old School is proud to welcome the wonderful printmaking of Carol Nunan.  Carol’s work is rooted in the landscape. Her inspiration comes from cultivated and wild flowers, iconic castles, landmarks and archeological history. Carol works primarily with monotypes and collagraphs. Printed by hand each print is unique. Her fascination lies in experimenting with printmaking media and alternative colour palettes to reflect the changing landscape. Her use of colour and quest to c

James Wheeler –

James Wheeler’s paintings have been part of the Old School since the days before we took over the gallery back in April 2017 and we’re pleased that the association continues and grows stronger over the months and years. Moor Entrance, James Wheeler | The Old School Muker Of all our artists it is Jame’s work that I’m reminded as I make my way off Shunner Fell at dusk or walk along Occupation Lane on one of those atmospheric days Upper-Swaledale throws at you from time to time;

Muker Doors Series, John Harrison

For the Up Hill & Down Dale exhibition John Harrison has drawn and watercoloured five studies of characterful Muker doors, all familiar sights to those who stroll around our wonderful Dales village, including the feature image above, Double Red Doors. Green Doors, Muker, John Harrison | The Old School Muker Blue Door & Drainpipe, Muker, John Harrison | The Old School Muker Two Red Doors, Muker, John Harrison | The Old School Muker Green Door, Muker, John Harrison | The Old Sc

Up Hill & Down Dale, John Harrison

PLEASE NOTE: In a change of plan John will now be at the Old School on Sunday 15th July rather than Saturday 9th. Running between Saturday 30th June & Sunday 29th July the Old School is proud to showcase the wonderful line and watercolour drawings of Yorkshire artist John Harrison  in our Hartlake Gallery. John’s work is featured each month in the Dalesman Magazine and last year John took part in Sky TV’s Landscape Artist of the Year. The exhibition features over 20 original

Ivelet Bridge Winter, Sue Nichol

Back in the winter, soon after Christmas, I donned my new wellies and took a photo of Ivelet Bridge from the middle of the Swale. As soon I’d taken it I knew it was a scene that would benefit from Sue’s unique interpretation, and was delighted when she agreed. Ivelet Bridge Detail | Sue Nichol Ivelet Bridge Detail | Sue Nichol The result is now hanging in our gallery, one mile up the road from the the bridge, and we simply love it. #Art #YorkshireDales

Swallows Soar, Adrian Wood

Adrian’s first swallows sculpture soon flew the nest, and left a hole in the sky. Luckily more swallows soon arrived and our sky is once again full. #Art #Blacksmith #Ironwork #Sculpture

Peter Brook Returns To Muker

During the month of June The Old School is pleased to announce an exhibition of Peter Brook’s work, including originals, artist proofs and signed limited edition prints, many featuring scenes familiar to those who live, work in and visit Upper Swaledale. Peter Brook Originals on Show This slideshow requires JavaScript. The exhibition will run from Saturday 2nd of June to Sunday the 1st of July in the main gallery.   For more details email us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk or

Love Nest, a new sculpture by Michael Kusz

Reeth based artist Michael Kusz has been synonymous with the Old School for many years; his bats hang from the rafters; Doug! and the Rook Climber watch the sparrows, chaffinches and siskins, as they squabble over sunflower seeds; his witch rotates around its cauldron, driven by the four winds; his dragons guard our lawn, and Rambo the sheep sits proudly on The Old School roof, gazing out over the hills … Doug! | Michael Kusz | The Old School Muker Witches Cauldron | Michael

Yorkshire Coast & Sea, Tide Receding

The tide is receding at the The Yorkshire Coast & Sea Exhibition as it enters its final two weeks, and we’ve put up new work to take us through to the end of the exhibition including: Whitby Snowstorm by Paul Berriff (above), Filey Beach by John Harrison, Staithes Harbour by John Wood, and Scarborough Spa and Whitby Pier by Richard and Janet Burdon. Staithes Harbour | John Wood Filey Beach | John Sibson Whitby Pier and Scarborough Promenade |Richard & Janet Burdon #Art #Yorks

Barn With Tin Roof on the Move

Barn With Tin Roof, by local artist Sue Dewhurst, brightened up our dark winter days. Now, just has Spring has sprung in Muker, the painting has moved on to provide warmth and colour in its new owners cottage. We’ll miss it! #Art #Swaledale

Rebecca Vincent Etchings, A Print Makers Art.

A few months ago we introduced Rebecca’s prints into the gallery and the reaction from our customers has been wonderful. Now we have three original etchings on display: Silver Birch Autumn Gold (above and detail below), to me reminiscent of Gustav Klimt, Country Reflections and Safely Gathered in. Silver Birch Autumn Gold Detail | Rebecca Vincent Country Reflections, Silver Birch Autumn Gold, Safely Gathered In| Rebecca Vincent Not only are Rebecca’s etchings wonderfully vibr

Jill Ray’s Bright Woods Autumn Writ Large

Sometimes you just unwrap a painting and have to stand back and admire!  I’d seen the standard size, and it’s wonderful, but writ large, well, it just adds another dimension … Bright Woods, Light of Autumn | Jill Ray Bright Woods, Light of Autumn Detail | Jill Ray … and up close you can see the individual shapes, colours, shades and layers and the care and attention to detail that makes Jill’s work shine out. We now have the full Bright Woods collection on display in our Art

Adrian Wood, Artist Blacksmith, Exhibition Sketches

Back in 2017 we were pleased to discover the work of Adrian Wood and introduce it into the gallery … and visiting Adrian’s forge we got to see some of his larger sculptural work, altogether on a different scale. Wind on to 2018 and this summer we’re looking forward to hosting some of Adrian’s larger sculptures in the Old School Garden. If Adrian’s sketches are anything to go by, with themes of swifts and wild flowers synonymous with Swaledale summers, our garden will be home

The Old School Welcomes Rebecca Vincent

The Old School Muker is pleased to welcome the work of printmaker Rebecca Vincent into the Gallery. In our quest to add printmakers to our portfolio we’ve visited many exhibitions and events, and Rebecca’s work has really stood out. We love its vibrancy, patterns and textures, and the work adds colour and originality to our gallery. In the short time we’ve shown Rebecca’s giclee prints they’ve already proved to be extremely popular, and we plan to showcase limited edition pri

Just Visiting Just Left, Sandra Parker

Sandra Parker’s wonderful Just Visiting (above) just left the Old School. We’re currently showcasing a selection of Sandra’s work at the Old School including three superb originals, one of which is the superb Swaledale study, Yan, below … Yan | Sandra Parker … and we plan to get our hands on some more of Sandra’s work very soon. Watch this space! #Art #Swaledale

Yorkshire’s Coast & Sea, John Harrison

Our final (final) post profiling artists in the Yorkshire Coast & Sea exhibition focusses on Drawn in Yorkshire’s John Harrison, whose style will be familiar to all those who visit our small (but perfectly formed) gallery in upper Swaledale and to the tens of thousands of readers of the Dalesman Magazine that John features in each month. John’s line and wash style perfectly complements the houses and cottages that huddle together for protection in the villages dotting our stu