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.


It’s a wonderful summer…..

Claire West

Claire West

We have just said goodbye to our amazing Paperworks exhibition, which went down a storm. But we have no time to waste as this weekend sees the start of ‘It’s a Wonderful life!’ – our new exhibition featuring dazzling mixed media work from three Yorkshire artists; Claire West, Sharon Winter and Rachel McEwan. The show comprises and collection of original paintings designed to cheer the soul and celebrate life – just want you need to compliment this beautiful weather. ‘it’s a Wonderful Life’ opens with a preview this Friday evening and continues until August 25th.

Sharon Winter

Sharon Winter

Rachel McEwan

Rachel McEwan


We’ve have just taken our first step into the world of film making! We have started work on a collection of films about the artists we represent, beginning with painter and printmaker Ian Scott-Massie. Ian’s film follows him as he prepares for his forthcoming solo exhibition in Wensley Church, and sees him researching his subjects deep in the dales, as well as painting in his studio. The films will allow the viewer to put a face to the artwork they see in the gallery, as well as getting an exclusive look at the working techniques, and hearing first hand about the artist’s inspiration.


Ian during filming...

Ian during filming…

We had a great time learning about the process of making a professional short film, from attempting to capture circling Curlews to keeping the tripod steady in the freezing ‘summer’ winds on the top of Penhill! Thanks to Ken Snowden at Proper Telly for the fantastic filming and editing. Our first film is available on the gallery’s website and on Youtube – we hope you enjoy it, don’t forget to look out for the next one!

Ian’s exhibition in ‘Tales from the Dales’ opens on 27th July  and  will be on display at Wensley Church until August 11th.


Do drop by and see our summery new exhibition and enjoy the sunshine with us.

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


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!

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!

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Masham Gallery Christmas Gift Guide #3

Masham Gallery’s Christmas Gift Guide 3; Creatives, individualists, dreamers and adventurers.

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 for creatives, individualists, dreamers and adventurers. That person you know who has their head in the clouds, and their rucksack always packed…

Know your knots kit by Flights of Fancy £4.95

A pocket-sized kit containing everything an adventurer needs to know their knots! Educational a fun, an unusual stocking filler.

Notebooks £1.95 – £25

We have a notebook for all uses, whether it’s jotting down a quick idea or exploring your thoughts more deeply. For the traveling adventurer these recycled leather books by Artbox are perfect for slipping in your bag, and come in a wide range of colours.

Buttonbag Kits £10 – £12

For creative youngster we have exciting project for a rainy day in the form of a Buttonbag craft kit. Each kit contains all the materials you need to make anything from button jewellery, personalised medals, to something more festive like this family of cute felt penguins!

Lampshades by Lush Designs £24 – £100

These hand-printed lampshades depict illustrative adventures within a rolling landscape and are definitely the first choice for anyone with an imaginative sense of style. We love this ‘London’ shade.

Moon and Clouds necklace by Becky Crow £

Brighton based jeweler Becky Crow creates stunning precious metal jewellery inspired by wildlife, trees and the elements. This dreamy necklace is ideal for someone who wishes to take to the skies…

The Fabulous Nesting Hippo automaton £

A unique gift for someone with an adventurous sense of humour! Turn the handle and watch the tale of the Fabulous Nesting Hippo play out before your eyes. Created by automaton maker Neil Hardy.

Limited Edition print by Ian Scott Massie £39 and upwards

Masham based artist Ian Scott Massie captures the spirit of a place in his atmospheric and vibrant paintings and prints. A range of limited edition giclee prints, such as ‘Sun and Storm over Ullswater’ (pictured) are available from Masham Gallery, along with Ian’s original watercolours and screenprints.

Paragon Pirate Ship £45

This is one of our favourite toys and is amazing value. Perfect for any little adventurers, the easy to assemble wooden ship comes with pirates and accessories.

‘Sitting Pretty’ sculpture by Elizabeth Price £195

This thoughtful figure is handmade from delicate porcelain and is one of a kind. Sculptor Elizabeth Price uses people around her as inspiration behind her compelling figures, and captures human emotion and mannerisms perfectly. A very special gift for a thinker.

Happy shopping!

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!

Summer Time

Hi there

We’ve been a little distant from our blog for a while, partly due to our continuing work on the new website, partly due to the busy summer season here in the gallery, and the preparation and launch of our current exhibition. So if you thought we’d vanished, fear not. We are here, and we have lots to catch up on….

A week ago we opened our summer exhibition Edge of the World, which takes it’s theme from the 1937 Michael Powell film of same name. We invited seven contemporary landscape artists to explore isolated, overlooked and untouched locations that have meaning for them, and as a result have a breath taking journey through moors, coastlines, ruins and more in our exhibition room. We enjoyed a fantastically bustling preview evening and have already seen a few sales, so please drop by soon if you fancy a look. Edge of the world will be on display until August the 31st, and features work by Ian Scott Massie, Pamela Knight, Heather Gatt, Catherine Sutcliffe-Fuller, Gareth Buxton, Lesley birch and Winifred Hodge.

Here’s a little taster of the exhibition to tempt you:






Another reason to visit our new exhibition is to test out our latest foray into the technological age! QR codes are the little square barcode-type things cropping up all over advertising, posters and even food packaging at the moment, and can be used by smartphone owners to access websites and pages relating to whatever they are looking at. We decided that this is just what the gallery needs, so that our customers can get a more in depth, interactive experience when they visit us. So currently dotted around our exhibition room are several QR codes just waiting to be accessed, containing exciting info on the artists and their making techniques, plus more on the inspiration behind the exhibition. Just scan your smartphone over the code (using a free QR code app) to access. Or ask a member of staff to help you. Here’s one for practice, enjoy…


Lastly, we have lots of new exciting things in The Gallery right now – some from familiar makers, some from new suppliers. We have some beautiful new driftwood and metal sculpture from Richard Shaw, whose work we have enjoyed displaying here for many years. Check out this lovely nautical piece


For the more modest budget we have some charming and affordable ceramics from a new supplier, Dove pottery, based in Saltaire. We foresee this stuff being collectable, so visit us soon to set the trend!


Pop in over the summer, or check our facebook page to see more.


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!