Visual Arts

Calendar of Exhibitions


Alan Pergusey

“My paintings fall into two broad categories at the moment. Portraits of people that I know as friends and memories of landscapes that I’ve travelled trough.

The portraits are always extended in some way to include other information about them; their pets, their creative endeavours and passions.

In the landscapes the only evidence of the human touch is a lone fabricated structure situated in a remote part of the country. More often than not this is a wooden cabin or bothy that stands amongst mountains and coastlines.

I am a freelance visual artist and as well as making paintings I have a track record of creating public art such as sculpture, mosaic and murals. I run socially engaged creative projects with various groups within the community and regularly lead workshops within education. Occasionally I am a visiting lecturer at the University of Leeds on the Art and Design Ba(Hons) Degree.”



James Thomas “Much more than meets the eye.”


James’ method of collage is also seen as a postitive means of recylcing, putting to good use what most people would consider to be litter.  By adding layers of cut and torn strips of scratch cards, he creates 3D effects and also makes collages from small circular pieces.



Kathryn Desforges

“I am an artist, printmaker and educator based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. I work with drawing, printmaking and collage to create limited edition original prints and artist books.

My work is rooted in a fascination with my surroundings and is often the result of an unspoken dialogue between me and a particular place – real or imaginary. Presence, memory, temporality, and finding the sublime in the ordinary are ideas which repeatedly arise. Corners, shadows, architecture, landscapes, and moments of stillness are a constant source of inspiration. Using drawing, photography and film, I document my surroundings with the aim of making a connection to my everyday environment – to explore it more deeply, or to reconnect with a particular moment which passed by all too quickly. Printmaking and collage are then used as mediums to form, distill and abstract, keeping experimentation and the physical act of making at the core of my practice.

“It is the interplay between creative thinking, technical skill, production and repetition which excites me about printmaking – I use it as a way of generating ideas. It enables me to see and explore avenues and tangents which may not otherwise have been discovered, and it is a constant learning curve!”

I grew up in the south-west of England before moving to Kingston-upon-Thames to study Fine Art, where I discovered my love for printmaking. After graduating in 2005, I went on to undertake a year’s artist residency at Intaglio Printmaker, London in 2006, followed by a Post-Graduate Internship at Leicester Print Workshop in 2013. Now based in sunny Yorkshire, I work from my studio in Leeds, as well as teaching printmaking and working as Print Studio Co-ordinator at West Yorkshire Print Workshop. I have recently returned from an artist residency in Japan, developing my skills in woodblock printing.”

Cabinet displays
The cabinets in the foyer are available throughout the year for displaying arts, crafts and cards. The cabinet displays also change monthly

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