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Artists on show at Museum

[Thursday 04 September 2008]

A VERY special exhibition is being staged in the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes from Saturday.

Forty-five artists, most from Yorkshire, have submitted work on the theme of ‘Nest – a brush with the media’, following a concept that was developed by Bainbridge artist Janet Rawlins after she found a bird’s nest in a besom – a broom made of heather that people identify as a witch’s broomstick.

Museum manager Fiona Rosher said: “Janet approached us and asked if we would like to stage the exhibition and we thought it would be really interesting and a great opportunity to see so many different interpretations of one object.

“We also have a besom-making machine in our own artefacts exhibition and we thought it would be great to arrange for a besom maker to come and demonstrate his craft.

The artists have come from all over the UK and are exhibiting a huge range of different techniques and artwork from photography and calligraphy to textiles and sculpture

Fiona Rosher - Dales Countryside Museum

“The artists have come from all over the UK and are exhibiting a huge range of different techniques and artwork from photography and calligraphy to textiles and sculpture.

“There should be at least one artist in the Museum at one time or another while the exhibition is running.”

The event, which finishes on 1 October, is being funded by Arts Council England and starts with a charity preview on Saturday (Sept 6) from 3pm with a collection for the Woodland Trust.

Free activities have been planned at the Museum, owned by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, to coincide with the exhibition.

An all-day, besom-making demonstration will take place on Saturday 20 September with two children’s workshops being run on 13 and 27 September between 10am and noon involving craft activities and storytelling and writing respectively.

Other events being staged at the Museum in September are:

14 September: Introduction to digital photography (use of computers) – learn how to download pictures and manipulate them using Photoshop Elements. Bring your own camera, computer cable, USB memory stick and packed lunch. Under 16s should be supervised by an adult. Not suitable for under 12s. Booking is essential and there is a charge of £10.

19 September: Friends of the Museum have organised an evening lecture by Professor Michael Green on the subject ‘How the other half died’ which starts at 7.30pm. £1 for non-members.

20 and 21 September: Dales Harvest weekend in the Victorian Kitchen – join Friends of the Museum who will be dressing up to explain about working and preserving in the kitchen.

27 September: Traditional dry stone walling demonstration between 2pm and 4pm

For further information, please contact the Dales Countryside Museum on 01969 666210 or by email on hawes@yorkshiredales.org.uk.

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