Artists Announced for Ripon’s 2015 Great North Art Show

Great North Art Show, which will be held in the magnificent setting of Ripon Cathedral this September, has announced the artists who will feature in this year’s exhibition.

From more than 700 artwork entries, over 50 artists have been selected, representing some of the UK’s finest contemporary professional painters, printmakers and photographers.

Simon Palmer, one of Britain’s leading watercolour artists, was given the difficult decision of selecting this years artists, who include:

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Barbara Sykeswho was awarded the Sir Hugh Casson Prize for the Best Drawing at the 2014 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

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Laney Birkhead, a printmaker, whose landscape work focuses on her close relationship with her immediate natural environment. Laney was awarded the Harrowells Print Prize at Great North Art Show 2014.


"Looking at crowds of people is like looking at pebbles on a beach, you will always find a few gems that catch your eye"  English landscape painter Neil McBride is particularly fond of the North Yorkshire landscape has seeped into every pore of his body. Neil's observations percolate through his veins until they eventually surface and manifest themselves in increasingly dramatic paintings populated with people to add a sense of scale.

Neil McBride, a North Yorkshire artist whose series of paintings feature crowds of people in the landscape.



Ripon artist Eve Olsen who creates figurative wall sculpture influenced by memories and life experiences.


The 2015 Great North Art Show features artwork in a broad range of styles and mediums, including paintings, prints, wall-hung ceramics and photography.

This year’s show has attracted a fabulous range of artists and promises to be even better than the 2014 exhibition, which was described by judges:  Andrew Stewart from the 108 Gallery, Garry Barker – Tutor at Leeds College of Art and Diane Sinnott – Head of Contemporary Art at Tennants Auction House as being:  “A very high standard and reflecting the deep commitment by the artists chosen”.

The 2015 Great North Art Show opens on Saturday 29th August and runs until Sunday 20th September.  Entry to the Cathedral is free and all artworks are for sale.


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