For the past 38 years we have been championing contemporary craft in the vibrant city of Leeds to shine a spotlight on independent makers and their small businesses from across Yorkshire and the rest of the UK. Through an exciting seasonal exhibition programme we highlight the skills behind handmade and share their inspiring stories. Bringing these amazing collections of contemporary craft together under one roof has created a haven for many visitors to escape the stresses of daily life & create mindful experiences. Please help us keep the gallery and the hundreds of small businesses we support alive by donating what you can so we can continue to keep bringing the very best of contemporary craft to you and help us and these creative industries thrive.
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Geoffrey Bickley exhibited with us 2 years ago in a show called All I Want For Christmas. He delighted visitors with his beautiful carved wooden bird sculptures including the one pictured below from visitor Deb Lewis; "Our oyster catcher hangs in our conservatory. We love it because it reminds us of the wildlife we see on our walks in Suffolk."
A word from the maker:
"I have worked with wood most of my life having trained as a Carpenter and have been carving since 1993 specialising in birds. A lot of my time is spent on the beach looking for interesting pieces of wood on which to mount my carvings; often the driftwood itself can spark a suggestion of a particular bird. I use pine to carve the birds. Living near Hayle Estuary is a great inspiration for me. Here I can observe the birds in their natural surroundings. I first draw them in groups producing several different poses; this helps my work to flow. In 2004 my work was accepted at the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Art, Exeter and was a Prize Winner. In 2012 my work was also shortlisted at the Mall Gallery London from a worldwide competition; The David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year."
Do you have a story of a treasured piece purchased from us that you'd like to share? Send us a photograph and your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do the rest. Thanks to everyone so far who have contributed to our anniversary campaigns, it's greatly appreciated as we continue to celebrate #35years.