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


Masham Gallery’s Gift Guide #4

Masham Gallery’s Christmas Gift Guide #4; Have a Handmade Christmas

We can help find the perfect present for those who are hard to buy for, whether young or old, or somewhere in the middle. This week’s guide is all about having a handmade Christmas; from decorations and table adornments to special stocking fillers and unique gifts, we’ve got everything you need.

Ceramic Buttons £1.20 – £4

Our ceramic buttons are popular all year round and are a great little decoration or stocking filler. Choose from our funky mixture from stockwell ceramics (pictured) or go for handpainted and unique from Charlotte Morrison.

Festive Decorations £1.50 – £12.50

We have a great selection of handmade christmas decorations this year, including adorable felt baby robins by Feltmeup designs, papercut baubles from Sarah Morpeth and porcelain reindeers by Charlotte Morrison. So if you fancy a change from the usual baubles and fairy lights, come and take a look!

Fairies by Shirley Vauvelle £15

For a bit of instant Christmas cheer hang one of these in your house! Handmade for our Treasure exhibition, each fairy is unique.

Handmade jugs by Katie Almond £12 – £65

Katie Almond uses transfers of vintage packaging and photos, along with hand-painted patterns to create her eye catching ceramics. Beautiful and useful!

Fused glass tealight holders by Sally Page £27

These amazing tealight holders are made by Yorkshire based glass artist Sally Page, and would make a beautifully eye catching centre piece at the dining table.

Winter Hare by Hester Cox £85

Local printmaker Hester Cox takes inspiration from animals and wildlife, particularly hares, to make her limited edition collagraph prints. A prefect pressie for any lover of the outdoors and the seasons.

Screenprint by Ian Scott Massie £75 – £119
This lovely wintery piece, titled ‘Stags in the snow’, is one a a large selection of original screenprints by Masham artist Ian Scott-Massie. Check out our website for more pieces.

Merry Christmas!

Masham Gallery

Masham Gallery’s Christmas Gift Guide #1…

Masham Gallery’s Christmas Gift Guide. 1: For Writers, Doodlers, Readers and Planners….

We can help find the perfect present for those who are hard to buy for, whether young or old, or somewhere in the middle. This week’s gift guide is all about writers, doodlers, readers and planners – those people you know who can’t live without a list, or maybe love to draw. Or perhaps they adore words? We have ideas big and small, for even the most modest budget. Read on for inspiration…

Ideas and Lists books from Lovely Pigeon. £4.50

For the organiser, who loves to start the day with a list. These cute little notebooks are perfectly sized to slip in your pocket, for emergency ‘jot this down’ moments.


Twig pens from Flights of Fancy £1.50

For those who enjoy writing or drawing whilst strolling through woodland (or pretending they’re a hobbit), these funky rustic pencils are a must have item.

Stoneware mug from Harding and Palmer £9.50

Lets face it, how is anyone supposed to do their best work without a hot mug of tea on the desk? Hand made and generously sized, fill it with your choice of beverage and wait for inspiration.

Pencil necklace from Zinc White £17

Amazing jewellery celebrating the magnificence of the pencil! Made from recycled pencils, transformed into stylish rings, cufflinks and more. We particularly love this rainbow necklace.


Artist’s books, £15 – £30

We have a fantastic selection of books from some of our artists, including Ian Scott Massie, Hester Cox and Simon Palmer. Find out more about the artist, learn about how they make their work and explore more of their artwork.

Handmade Notebooks by Kate Bowles, £5 – £25

These stunning hand-bound notebooks are made with vintage fabrics and recycled papers, making each one totally unique. A very special notebook for someone who likes to write down their ideas in style.

Scrabble tile necklace by Leigh Shepherd £26.50

Leigh Shepherd collects old scrabble tiles and combines them with Chinese-inspired surface design to make these eye catching necklaces. Each piece features decoration on the front and reveals the scrabble tile in question when turned over. Come in a matching metal display box.

Porcelain by Charlotte Morrison £12 – 65

Something a little different for a lover of words. These beautiful and functional ceramics are inspired by vintage packaging, and are hand painted with phrases and words, as well as delicate patterns. Many designs are one-off but every piece is made by the artist and is unique.

Hand printed books by Hester Cox £65

Made as part of our Of a Feather exhibition, artist Hester Cox has created a selection of limited edition hand made books, inspired by the activities of birds. Unusual, delicate and breath taking, these treasures will delight any book lover.

Book Eating Bug by Particle Article, £82

New to Masham Gallery as part of our Treasure exhibition, and created by Particle Article (aka artists Claire Benson and Amy Nightingale) this bewitching little bug is made from recycled and vintage materials, and lives in a white box frame. A great pressie for a book love with a good sense of humour.

Papercut map collage by Rosie Scott-Massie, £125

Rosie uses old ordnance survey maps as the material for these unusual 3-dimensional artworks. Inspired by follies and other unusual buildings, each piece is original and one-off. A great gift for a map lover.

Limited edition papercuts by Sarah Morpeth £170

Artist Sarah Morpeth is inspired by stories, and creates limited edition laser-cut pieces from snatches of sentences and words from films, poetry and fiction. Each piece is hand painted and signed by the artist.

Happy Shopping!

Masham Gallery

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!

Romantic Ideas and Winter Warmers


Where has January gone? It’s February, and already it’s nearly half term. Thanks to everyone who braved the miserable weather last month and popped in to see us, thanks to you we had a great start to the year.

It’s very nearly the first important occasion of the year, Valentine’s Day, so for anyone whose stuck for romantic gift ideas, check out our suggestions below.

But for those of you who are more concerned about the wintery weather, check out our newest item…

This amazing felt hat was handmade by Scarborough based textile artist Jan Bee Brown. The hat is made from Masham wool, and can be paired with this beautiful matching handbag (with bone buttons).

Or if you fancy something a little less…large, we’ve got an even wider selection of Carole Minett hats in stock now,including my personal favourite, this tweed cap:

Valentine’s Day:

That time of year again – wether it’s just a nice little card you’re after, or something more substantial, here at The Gallery we are full of romantic gift ideas for Valentine’s day. From jewellery, to pewter photo frames, hand-painted ties to vases, we may be able to help you find the perfect little something, so why not pop in this week and see what we’ve got? Here are a few suggestions…

Wild Boar Cufflinks, Becky Crow

Gold rimmed vase, Janine Roper

  Pewter photo frames, Lancaster and Gibbings

Or if you fancy something a little different, our local creative hub ArtisOn are re-running their infamous Knicker Printing For Your Valentine course this Saturday, where printmaker Hester Cox will be helping to create original art works for loved ones using (clean) underwear! Check out the ArtisOn website for more info or to book a place.

Have a great February and keeping checking our Facebook page for more up-to-date news and exhibition details.

New year, New exhibitions…

Hello and Happy New Year!

We had a lovely festive break here in Masham, and are now enjoying the sudden but beautiful frosty weather. This time of year is fairly quiet here, so we are occupying ourselves with organising the year ahead – namely, exhibitions!

So here it is, brand new and exclusive to you. The Gallery’s exhibition schedule 2012:

Close To Home May- 18th  – June 31st

To celebrate 20 years of the charity Herriot Hospice Homecare The Gallery will be putting on an exhibition to highlight the charity and support them. Featuring a diverse and exciting selection of artists.

Edge of the world  20th July – 31st Aug

Inspired by the 1937 Michael Powell film (of same name), a selection of renowned artists have been invited to display work exploring remote, isolated or untouched landscapes which inspire them.

Including work by: Ian Scott Massie, Pamela Knight, Winifred Hodge, Gareth Buxton, Lesley Birch

Of A Feather –  September 7th  – October 31st

A bird-inspired exhibition from printmakers Hester Cox and Pam Grimmond.

Treasure – November 16th – December 31st

We hope you find the forthcoming shows as exciting as we do, and we look forward to seeing you here…

Remember for more up-to-date information and developments within The Gallery, including fresh photos and brand new exhibition updates, find us on facebook.

Have a great start to the year!

Breaking New Ground


Things are turning chilly here in Masham, and most of our visitors have one thing on their mind….Christmas. We have unbelievable quantities of fantastic presents in The Gallery this year, from creative toys to unique works of art. If you’re not sure how to tackle present buying this year, pop round and we’ll be more than ready to advise and recommend. You’d also be shopping locally, which is thoroughly appreciated by us and all of our suppliers. If you can’t make it to us before the big day, there are still a number of ways that you can shop with us:

Website – we keep a big selection of artwork, jewellery, ceramics and glass online which reflects our current stock. If you see anything you like on the website, you can send us an enquiry form and we’ll tell you more…

Facebook – Our facebook page is updated regularly with new stock, current exhibitions and event information. This is the place to see our newest, shiniest stuff.

Twitter – Follow us on Twitter and find out about our exhibitions, new artists, what the weather is like, what we had for breakfast etc etc……

Mailing List – sign up with our mailing list and receive our newsletter. We promise not to email too regularly so we won’t clog up your inbox, we simply compile  all our news, new suppliers and exhibition information into a handy email once in a while!

Breaking new Ground

Last week we opened our final exhibition for 2011. I can’t believe it’s gone so fast! We’ve ad a really great response to all our shows this year and hopefully this one will be no different.

For this exhibition artists who are regularly represented in The Gallery were asked if they would like to show work that was different for them, challenged them artistically, showed new techniques or subjects…broke new ground for them.

So alongside work for which they are best known each artist is showing some surprises. Hester Cox has worked with linoprint and monotype on to porcelain (below).  Ian Scott Massie has returned to a love of 30 years ago – screenprint. He has developed new techniques in this and painted over the top of them. His subject matter has concentrated on the amazing Undercliffe cemetery in Bradford. John Degnan has shown his diverse artistic skills in wood and stone carving but maintaining his focus on the rural subject. Colin Smithson’s lovely sense of humour shows through in his photographic collages, so different from his paintings but with a love of colour and humour linking them. Janis Goodman, known for her incredibly detailed monochrome etchings shows a freedom in brightly coloured paintings and linocuts (above). Finally Josie Beszant whose work often has layers of intricate collage in dark frames has combined acrylic and collage on perspex giving a sense of space and light to subject matter that remains distinctive to her.

The exhibition looks great. What do you think?


Another reason to join our mailing list…


In the run up to Christmas we are compiling our very own Christmas Shopping Guide, available exclusively to mailing list recipients. Including helpful advice, presents to suit different budgets, suggestions on what to buy for different people or children, we aim to help solve your pressie buying dilemmas.


Join our mailing list here.


Thats it from us, have a great few weeks!

How to make an Impression…


Anyone following our facebook page will know by now that ‘Impression’, our printmaking exhibition, opened on Friday last week. Featuring work from five completely different printmakers, the exhibition really has something for everyone, and was really fun to hang. Part of the aim of this show was to explore the incredible range of processes in printmaking – from etching to solarplates, collagraphs to linocuts, each method uses different materials and produces different textures and effects. It’s great to see the results first hand, so why not pay us a visit? But if you haven’t got a chance to do that, here’s a brief explanation of some of the printmaking methods featured in Impression, and the artists that use them…


In the true sense of the word, a collagraph is a print made from a collage but it has become a more general term for mixed-media printmaking. The plate, which is usually made from board or stiff card, is collaged onto with textured materials (such as leaves, feathers, sand and PVA glue), or cut into which will create definitions in colour. The plate is then sealed (varnished), ink is applied and the plate is passed through a press on top of a piece of damp paper. This method is commonly used by printmaker Hester Cox.

Linocuts and woodcuts

Woodcuts are created using a plank of wood or plywood on which the artist draws a design and then carves away the wood in the parts of the picture that are not to be printed. The raised surface retains some of the pattern of the wood grain which shows up in the finished prints. Ink is applied with a roller and the image is transferred by apply pressure using a press or by hand. Linoleum cuts, or lino cuts, are almost identical to woodcuts.  Angie Roger’s beautiful birds are achieved through woodcuts, and Helen Peyton’s cooker is created using lino cuts.


Etching is a method of making prints from a metal plate, usually copper, into which the design has been incised by acid. The copperplate is first coated with an acid-resistant substance, called the etching ground, through which the design is drawn with a sharp tool.

The plate is then exposed to acid, which eats away those areas of the plate unprotected by the ground, forming a pattern of recessed lines. These lines hold the ink, and, when the plate is applied to moist paper, the design transfers to the paper, making a finished print.

Printmakers Catherine Sutcliffe-Fuller and Janis Goodman both use this process in their work.

Impression is on display until August the 15th, so don’t miss it!


Our next exhibition begins on the 26th of August, and has been organised by me (Rosie)! Titled ‘Trace’ this show will feature a plethora of skills from a handful of brilliant artists and makers, all responding to the many meanings of the title. Ceramics, jewellery, collage, painting, and  papercraft from Charlotte Morrison, Josie Beszant, Amanda Mercer, Phiona Richards, Angela Davies and Rosie Scott-Massie. Just to tempt you in, here are a few examples of what will be on offer…

Have a great month, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Making an impression

Hi everyone!

The Gallery seems to have been so busy with Tea and Sympathy and The North Yorkshire Open Studios (both of which are still running by the way!) over the last few weeks that I seem to have talked about nothing else, so this blog is all about the other exciting business going on here. For starters, we have another exhibition to prepare for, Impression, which opens on July 15th, less than a month away. Below you will find more info about the exhibition and the artists involved.

We’ve also had some lovely new work in lately, including eye-catching ceramics and unusual handmade books. See more further down the blog.


Our next exhibition features the work of 5 printmakers, some of which are familiar to The Gallery, some of which are completely new to us. Impression showcases the extraordinary techniques and processes involved in a variety of printmaking styles, including etching, collagraph and  solar plate. Hester Cox and Janis Goodman, Helen Peyton, Catherine Sutcliffe-Fuller and Angie Rogers work will be on display in The Gallery from July 15th for one month. But just to tempt you, here’s a taster of what’s to come…

A Flight of Swallows, Hester Cox

Bracken Edge, Janis Goodman

Pennine Finch Angie Rogers

Well Trodden, Catherine Sutcliffe-Fuller


TV Helen Peyton

Helen has been one of the artists selected for this year’s Royal Academy Summer exhibition. We are lucky to have some of the prints reserved for us here. There’s some surprises to be had in this show that we’re sure you won’t have come across before, more to be revealed later!

Pretty New Things…

David Pantling Ceramics

We discovered David’s work at the British Craft Trade Fair earlier this year, and love the combination of sharp design and playful decoration. I particularly like this beautiful Jug and innovative cup and saucer.

Kate Bowles

Kate Bowles uses found materials such as dress patterns and maps to add a unique decorataion to her handmade books. Each one is different and equally quirky.

Vin Bootle

Vin’s work is no stranger to The Gallery, in fact our customers have been buying his unique jewellery for many years. Vin recently re-vamped his collection, and we have been lucky enough to get a few of his new designs. Many of these pieces combine various metals, making them even more precious. My favourites are these Silver and 18ct Gold Bangle and Pendant.

One more thing, and this is about the Open Studios (open again this weekend , the 18th and 19th of June). As mentioned previously in this blog, NYOS commissioned Charlotte Morrison’s limited edition teacup and saucer to commemorate this year’s open studios event, and we are lucky enough to be selling them. We are also selling a specially commissioned teatowel, designed for NYOS by printmaker Helen Roddie.