New Art in Thirsk

Tim Pomeroy, Neolithic Ball, 2012, Black Granite Photo credit: Thirsk Hall Sculpture Garden
Tim Pomeroy, Neolithic Ball, 2012, Black Granite Photo credit: Thirsk Hall Sculpture Garden

Leeds Art Fund members gathered in Thirsk at the Zillah Bell Gallery to enjoy the work of leading contemporary visual artists and to meet John Bell for an insight into the challenges and pleasures of creating top-quality gallery space in seemingly unlikely ancient buildings, in a rural market town. John’s introduction inevitably spilled over into family business and set the context for our next stop, at Thirsk Hall. The concept of the Sculpture Garden emerged as part of a Covid-related move which brought younger generations of the Bell family back to Thirsk by happy accident, allowing them to try out new ideas in idyllic surroundings.

Bill Gerrish took us through the Howard Hodgkin exhibition, explaining the family’s connections with the artist’s work and the broader thinking behind the exhibition programme, before setting off for a gentle ramble around some of the sculptures sited in the grounds. We were fortunate to have lunch in the Dining Room, using the original furniture commissioned for the room and hearing the entertaining history of recent renovations and changes as the house was adapted to the arrival of a young family. One of the pleasures of the day was an informal look into some of the ground floor rooms after lunch, where we were able to enjoy the contrast between contemporary works alongside traditional interiors.

Event report by Olivia Stross

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Tuscan Summer, Maurice de Sausmarez 1955 © Courtesy of Jane de Sausmarez. Purchased with funding from the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the Art Fund and the Friends of University Art and Music (Leeds), 2018. Image credit: University of Leeds


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