Art in the Bar at The Angel, Hetton



This is just a little blog to tell you about an exciting new project Masham Gallery has been involved with, recently, which may give residents and visitors to the Skipton area something exciting to look out for.

Masham Gallery has been working with the acclaimed restaurant and hotel The Angel in Hetton to launch Art in the Bar, a two year project showcasing some of the north’s best artistic talent within the cosy surroundings of The Angel’s bar. Josie Beszant, the gallery’s owner, has worked with The Angel’s owner Pascal Watkins to select local artists whose work will transform the traditional surroundings of The Angel into a vibrant and contemporary gallery space, complete with delicious food and drink of course.

Ian Scott Massie

Ian Scott Massie

The first artist taking up residence in the bar is Ian Scott Massie, who will be exhibiting a collection of Yorkshire-inpspired original paintings, along with a new book ‘The Dale of Angels’. The book contains a collection of walks, pictures, recipes and stories about the surrounding landscape and has been made in conjunction with The Angel. There will also be three specially commissioned paintings by Ian on permanent display in the bar’s snug. Ian’s work will be on display from October 9th to January 11th 2015, when the second artist Anna Tosney will be unveiling her collection of prints in the bar. Future artists include Hester Cox, Claire West and  Paula Dunn amongst others.

Anna Tosney

Anna Tosney

For full details on the Art in the Bar, visit The Angel’s website here.  Ian Scott Massie’s new book ‘The Dale of Angels’ is available to pre-order from his website. There will be a launch party to celebrate the Art in the Bar and Ian’s new book on October 9th at The Angel.


A creative day out in Masham


The weather seems to have finally come good (for now), so you may be considering taking advantage of the sun and having a day out this weekend. We have the perfect suggestion – why not visit Masham? As well as a lovely range of shops and galleries (including our own), the annual North Yorkshire Open Studios is taking place over the next two weekends, and there are 5 artists to visit in and around Masham (and more very close by), including Josie Beszant, owner of Masham Gallery,  locally based artists Ian Scott-Massie, Hester Cox and Charlotte Morrison and Paperworks curator Rosie Scott-Massie.



Josie Beszant



Ian Scott Massie

We are delighted to be using Artison as our venue on Saturday and Sunday 8/9 and 15/16 June. Over 100 artists are taking part in the Open Studios this year. It’s a great chance to find out how the artwork is created and meet the artists to see what inspires them (we’ll all be there on all days). They’ll be plenty of tea and coffee all day and (of course) plenty of cake too! Full details of the event are at


The Secret

Hester Cox









Charlotte Morrison



Rosie Scott-Massie

 We have the most amazing exhibition Paperworks in progress here at Masham Gallery, where you can see even more of Rosie’s work, and both Nolon Stacey and Nikki Corker will have their galleries open in Masham too. If you are making a weekend of it there’s lots more detail about what’s in and around Masham here.

So if you fancy a weekend of creativity, sunshine and most importantly, lots of cake, you can’t do better than coming to visit us!

Enjoy the sunshine x



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Just a brief blog today to remind everyone that our second exhibition of 2013 Paperworks is now open and ready for visitors. The exhibition opened with a brilliantly well attended preview on Friday – we got loads for great feedback from intrigued and fascinated guests who loved the diversity of the show. It was great to have a chat with two of the exhibition’s artists Clare Lindley and Elizabeth Shorrock who popped by too.We’d love for you to come and see the exhibition, which runs until June 28th, but if you are unable to make it, here are some pictures of whats going on…














The exhibition features eight artists in total, based all over the country and with one common passion – using paper as the main material in their work. As you can see though, the outcomes are all very unique and equally beautiful, from Elizabeth Shorrock’s amazing map books to Li-chu Wu’s lovely silver and paper jewellery. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have!



Paper, Scissors, Pebbles…


This month we have been getting lots of new exciting deliveries after our annual visit to the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate. New ceramics, jewellery and textiles are all on offer, and in coming months much more will be arriving. Read on for details…

We are also coming to the end of our first exhibition this year, the wonderful ’35’ show of John Degnan’s paintings and prints. We’ve had a great response to the show, and the accompanying book, written by Ian Scott-Massie has proved very popular indeed. Now we are looking ahead to our next exhibition, opening mid May, – this one dedicated entirely to one material – paper. Paperworks explores the versatile and fascinating world of paper art – from collage to papercutting, to using paper in sculpture. It is a medium that’s been around for many years, but with designers such as Paul Smith and shops like Fortnum and Mason using papercutting as inspiration, the artform has become hugely popular in recent years. We wanted to celebrate the brilliance of this humble material by bringing together 8 of the best paper artists from across the country in what promises to be a most exciting exhibition. Have a first look at some of the artwork and get to know a little about the artists below.

We’re really pleased to have nationally recognised paper artists taking part in the show, including Helen Musselwhite, a Cheshire-based artist whose distinctive designs have been used in national and international advertising campaigns for Audi and Nokia to name a few.


If you’ve read a few children’s books in recent years then you may well have browsed Kate Slater’s beautiful illustrations, which adorn the pages of titles such as Magpie’s Treasure.

Shalott � Kate Slater

Closer to home, you may have spotted Clare Lindley’s romantic paper-cuts on display at The Station, and Sarah Morpeth’s breathtaking paper-cut window display in 2012 at The Georgian Theatre, both in Richmond.

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Browse March/April’s issue of Craft and Design Magazine and you will find the work of Jennifer Collier gracing the front cover!


Yasemin Wigglesworth has designed paper-cut inspired clothing for Painswick Couture, and Elizabeth Shorrock’s handmade paper map books can be spotted at book fairs across the country, including the Leeds International Artists Book Fair.

Lucky Birds

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Curator of Paperworks, Rosie Scott-Massie, has exhibited her paper-cut collages in galleries around the country, as well as in the North Yorkshire Open Studios 2012.


Although you may have spotted our Paperworks artists elsewhere, we can guarantee that seeing their work all together in an exhibition like this will be a first! We are delighted by the diversity of artwork in this exhibition and hope you will be too. See you in May!

New things…

You may have been wondering what the ‘pebble’ element of our blog’s title relates too. We’ve had  a lovely new selection of felt pebbles, handmade by Lindsay Tyson, delivered! Each one is unique and embellished with embroidery and print.


Craig Fellows

From a distance Craig Fellows’ purses and notebooks may simply look like prettily patterned fabric, but get closer and you’ll soon see wings, legs and antenna….Craig creates incredibly detailed ink drawings of bees, bugs, slugs and plants, and uses these illustrations to make his contemporary fabrics, which in turn is used to make scarves, cushions, purses and handkerchiefs. We have been lusting after some of these beautiful accessories for a while now, and are delighted to finally have them on our shelves.


Katherine Lees

Katherine uses porcelain to create her delicate range of jewellery and ceramics. We fell in love with her tiny bottles and key necklaces when we saw her work at the British Craft Trade Fair in April. Each piece is unique and intricately glazed and textured.


We also have a great new selection of felt pebbles from Lindsay Tyson, each one uniquely printed and embroidered. In the coming months we will be welcoming more new artists and suppliers, including Clare Collinson jewellery, Jessica Hogarth stationary and Hannah Nunn lampshades, so keep popping in to get a first look at what’s new.

Valentine’s Day at Masham Gallery

The day celebrating romance is fast approaching, and we are full of inspiring gift ideas, whether you’re looking for a tiny token of affection or something a little more extravagant.

If something small and lovely is what you’re after, we have lots of pretty treats for under £10, like our romantic hanging hearts and birds by Lush Designs, or sweet-smelling lavender bags made from vintage fabrics by Sumptuosity. Or what about a sprinkling of ceramic buttons in the envelope of your Valentine’s card?


Hanging heart, £5.95

Looking for a creative alternative to the obligatory box of posh chocolates this year? We have unique presents for special people, from hats to prints, ceramics to notebooks. Here are a few of our favourite ideas…

Charlotte Morrison’s ceramics are all one-off and hand painted, so your gift really is unique.


Hand-painted porcelain jugs, from £22

For writing sweet nothings, or anything else for that matter, we have a lovely collection of notebooks bound in recycled leather, or covered with vintage fabrics, from £4.50 to £25.

Notebooks by Art Box, Kate Bowles and Lovely Pigeon.

Notebooks by Art Box, Kate Bowles and Lovely Pigeon.

Is there somewhere in Yorkshire that reminds you of your loved one? We have paintings and prints of Masham, and of places all around the North from only £20, and many of our artists accept commissions if you wanted to plan a future romantic gift.

'Masham from Lanquit' by Ian Scott Massie

‘Masham from Lanquit’ by Ian Scott Massie

We have a lovely range of jewellery for both men and women, from classic to more quirky styles. So if you’re looking for some Valentine’s bling, look no further!

Mpon and Sun cufflinks by Becky Crow

Moon and Sun cufflinks by Becky Crow £94

Two for Joy necklace by Helen Shere

Two for Joy necklace by Helen Shere £76

We love this romantic little sculpture, by Sarah Jane Brown.

'Semi Detached' by Sarah Jane Brown, £45

‘Semi Detached’ by Sarah Jane Brown, £45

Tea for Two? Share a cuppa and a cupcake on Valentine’s day in one of our brilliant teapots!

Red teapot by David Pantling £28. Handbuilt 'Squeak Free' teapot by Charlotte Morrison, £75.

Red teapot by David Pantling £28. Hand-built ‘Squeak Free’ teapot by Charlotte Morrison, £75.

Don’t forget the card…We’re very proud of our collection of Valentine’s Day cards this year. They’re enough to make hearts flutter!


We have lots more ideas on our website, and in the gallery, so why not visit us and pick up a little something special?

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

Treasures and Treats

Hi there!

Todays blog is all about unique gifts and where to get them; here at The Gallery, or at this Sunday’s Crafted By Hand event in Masham Town Hall. We are starting to feel the tiny tremblings of Christmas and are stocking up on all our favourite jewellery, ceramics and more, as well as preparing for our last exhibition of the year Treasure, which opens next month. More on that later. For now, read on for the best reason ever to start your seasonal gift shopping in Masham this weekend.

Crafted By Hand

This Sunday the town hall on Masham will be a sea of creative people and beautiful stands brimming with the cream of handmade british contemporary craft. From glass to ceramics, jewellery to printmaking, a selection of 38 artists and makers have been hand picked to take part in our very first Crafted by Hand art market. Organised by Creative Masham (who are behind the Masham Arts Festival) and sponsored by ArtisOn and Masham Gallery, Crafted by Hand is the perfect place to begin your Christmas shopping, or simply get a taste of the amazing things being made around the country today. You can also meet the makers, enjoy homemade refreshments in the onsite cafe, and even try your hand at a few things, like stone carving and weaving. And the best news? It’s £1.50 to get in. We will be there enjoying the fun and trying not to spend all our pocket money, so hopefully we’ll see you there.


If you’re now tempted to visit Masham on Sunday, why not pop in and see the gallery. Our current exhibition, Of a Feather has been hugely popular and and features the work of two Yorkshire based printmakers, Hester Cox and Pam Grimmond. Here are a few of my tops picks from the show.


Chaffinch, Linocut, Pam Grimmond


The Rookery Book, handmade book, Hester Cox


Jackdaw, linocut, Pam Grimmond


Migration iv, Solar Print, Hester Cox


We are currently preparing for our final exhibition which will take us right up to 2013 (where has the time gone eh?). Opening on November the 17th, Treasure is a mixed exhibition of small but perfectly formed artworks, all priced below £200. Artists include Ian Scott Massie, Shirley Vauvelle, Sarah Morpeth, Josie Beszant, Rosie Scott-Massie, Claire West, Zinc White and more. To tempt you along, here are a few pictures.


The Banqueting House, Hackfall, Pinned Papercut, Rosie Scott-Massie.


Little Clarice, Acrylic, Claire West


Pencil necklace, Zinc White

We really hope to see this weekend, or later in the year. Have a great October!

The Gallery celebrates Hackfall

The nights are starting to get darker, the temperature has dropped…there’s no denying it, we have entered Autumn! But what better way to welcome this beautiful season the  by taking a wander through a glorious and magical woodland? And the best part is, you can stay indoors while doing it!

What is she talking about you may ask, well I’ll tell you. This month in The Gallery we are Celebrating Hackfall with an exhibition of contemporary work from a fantastic selection of northern artists. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Hackfall, the landscaped wood, studded with mystical follies winding pathways is situated just outside Masham, and has been a popular spot for woodland walks for over 200 years.Written about by Wordsworth and sketched by Turner, Hackfall has long been a source of creative inspiration, and so it seems fitting to devote an exhibition to it.

The show of contemporary work at The Gallery is one of four exhibitions created for Celebrating Hackfall, which is supported by The Woodland Trust and Hackfall trust. Artists involved in our exhibition include Ian Scott Massie, Simon Palmer, Ed Kluz, Rosie Scott-Massie, Janis Goodman, Hester Cox, Heather Dormer and John Degnan, so it’s a pretty incredible selection of talent – many exhibiting together for the first time. An exhibition of Hackfall photography is also on display at Masham Community office, a show of Hackfall – inspired work by Turner and other old masters is exhibited at nearby Swinton Castle, and a collection of ametuer local artists’ work is hanging at The Crown pub in Grewelthorpe.

As for our portion of this fantastic event…we opened our doors on Friday the 10th for our preview, and sold a piece from the exhibition within 5 minutes! The evening continued to be a success, with lots of interested visitors coming from miles around popping in for a glass of wine and some tasty nibbles.

Thanks to everyone who attended the preview, if you happened to miss it, please do drop by this month to see  this brilliant show, and maybe even take a stroll through the wood itself? Celebrating Hackfall runs until October 3rd – to find out more visit the Hackfall website here.

Artison is unleashed on the dales!

Hi Everyone,

Just a mini-blog today to tell you all about the opening of Artison last weekend.

Founders Scott, Sue, Gaynor and Josie (The Gallery’s owner)demonstrating how to hold a sign up with your own head.

As you will recall from the last blog, Artison is an exciting new venture just outside of Masham where anyone with a desire for creativity and a passion for learning can gather some new artistic skills. In other words, within the tranquil settings of High Burton, Masham, artists and crafts makers will be running day courses on a variety of diciplines; from Weaving to Printmaking, Ceramics to Silver-clay. Every course will include a delicious lunch and regular coffee and biscuit breaks. These courses are designed for complete beginners and those with more artistic experience, so really EVERYONE can join in.

Last weekend, on a slightly blustery August bank holiday, Artison opened it’s doors to the public for the first time – a chance for the curious amongst us to get a look at the premises, meet some of the tutors and most importantly enjoy a variety of cakes. Below you can see what went on, and how amazing the studios look!

The main studio set up for a weekend of artistic demonstrations…

Textile artist Wendy Knight showing off some skills…

Ian Scott Massie demonstrating abstract painting in the main studio…

The reception/eating area (large table of cakes just out of view!)

enjoying a tumbler of bubbly after a successful Sunday!

Artison runs it’s very first course this friday, and has over 30 courses scheduled before Christmas – places are still available. To find our more, book a course, be Artison’s friend, or even follow Artison, use the following;

The website –

The facebook Page


The Gallery’s website

Thats all for now!

Masham Arts Festival 2009


Masham Arts Festival 2009 opens tonight! Kicking off proceedings is the preview of the Arts Festival Open Exhibition at 6pm, closely followed by an evening with David Nobbs, renowned humourist and author of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, at 7.30pm. These events will take place in St.Mary’s Church in the Market Place.

For the next week Masham will be alive with the buzz of creativity and fun.

Each day a number of fantastic events are taking place, aimed at all ages. Practical workshops include Button Jewellery, Mobile Making, Willow Weaving, Chicken Wire Sculptures, Cake Decorating,Printmaking,Art for the Terrified and CD Clocks. The live music line-up includes Mercury Prize-nominated Kathryn Williams, The Birdman Rallies; rising stars from Harrogate whose music has been played to acclaim on Radio 1 and 2, Landermason – a musical duo from northumberland who combine contemporary and traditional folk with jazz, and wrapping the week up are last festival’s most popular act – back by popular demand, The Peace Artists are a Bradford-based street band who really know how to bring the party to life!

All this and so much more – whether you want to learn a new creative skill, explore the history of Masham, discover some great new music or take in some fantastic art – it’s all here.

For more information on the schedule, or to find out how you can book a place on any of the events, please visit the Masham Arts Festival website

or phone



Shop Local this Easter at The Gallery

This month we launch our first exhibition of the year, Four seasons in one day. You know, the one we’ve been harping on about for ages! Well, if we’re excited its because its going to be beautiful, as you can see by this little taster by Ian Scott Massie. The exhibition opens on the 17th, and if you re on the Gallery mailing list you should be getting your invite to the preview through the post any day now. If you would like to join our mailing list, and get exclusive news and offers, as well as invites to future exhibition previews, simply go to the ‘Contact Us’ section of our website.

Another exciting addition at The Gallery this month is Shop Local North Yorkshire. This ingenious scheme supports local businesses in the area while rewarding their loyal customers. Pop into The Gallery or any other participating shop and you can sign up for a shop local loyalty card costing £2.50. This handy little item helps you support your local businesses and will save you money, as shops adopting this scheme run cardholder-only offers and discounts. For example, a Shop Local card holder can enjoy 10% off all toys at The Gallery this month. Check out the website for more information on where you can buy/use your loyalty card.

April is always an exciting month in The Gallery, as it marks the welcome return of the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate. This fantastic fair showcases some of the best artists, jewellers and craft makers working in the UK today, and is a highlight in any craft gallery’s calendar. We’ll be putting on our most comfortable shoes and heading over for a day of seeking out unique and covetable creations for the gallery. Pop in and see us later in the month and you may find some new work on display.

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