GREAT NORTH ART SHOW is an exciting and diverse open exhibition of contemporary art by professional and emerging artists with strong connections to the North of England

We have taken the reluctant decision to cancel the GNAS Online Show this year. Due to the short time-scale and complexity of the task, it just is not possible to meet the usual high standards expected from us..

Great North Art Show in 2021 will be celebrating twenty years of Great Art in the North at its home Ripon Cathedral. We are now focusing all our attention on this landmark event to continue our proud tradition of exhibiting great art in the North. It will include many of our top artists who have exhibited over the years with us, along with exciting new and emerging artists; making it the best show ever, as we celebrate twenty years of Great Art in the North.


Call for Artists for 2021 will follow soon – so watch this space!


Our 2019 Guest Artists were Tania Still and Annie Tempest

Download 2019 brochure

All Enquiries: Contact Wendy Orme
Tel: 01765 603534 or 07803136067

Artists who exhibited in 2019

The following prizes are awarded by an independent panel of judges each year

Best Picture in Show: £1000

Best Artist and Body of Work in Show: £1000

Best Print or Etching in Show: £750

Great Art UK Prize for the Best Newcomer: £250


If you have any queries, contact Wendy Orme | Email: | Tel: 01765 603534 | 07803136067

Where is Ripon Cathedral?

Ripon Cathedral is in the centre of the small city of Ripon and is within easy walking distance from the market square, bus station and Ripon Museums. There are lots of local shops and places to eat within a short walk.

Our local Tourist Information office is in the Town Hall on Market Square. On Thursdays there is an open air market in Ripon’s Market Square.

From the bus station

Walk towards the public toilets and car park. The Cathedral is a short walk bearing right across the car park beside the bus station. You can often see the Cathedral’s towers high above the trees from the car park.

From market square

Kirkgate is a delightful local road which links the Cathedral with Ripon’s market square. Walk down the hill at the corner closest to the phone boxes, with the Skipton Building Society on the corner. Bear left and the Cathedral will soon be revealed.

Car parking

Car parking places are plentiful in Ripon.  From the A61 Ripon Bypass, follow signs for the Cathedral and look for the blue car park signs. The nearest car park to the Cathedral is off St Marygate with its entrance opposite the Prison Museum – set your SatNav to find HG4 1LX

The nearest train stations are Harrogate (11 miles), Thirsk (11 miles) and York (27 miles). To plan your rail journey, visit:


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