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Station hosts two Contrasting Exhibitions presented by The Swaledale Festival
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Station hosts two Contrasting Exhibitions presented by The Swaledale Festival
Collage by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
One of North Yorkshire’s most visited tourist attractions is playing host to two very different art exhibitions as part of this year’s Swaledale Festival.

The Station, Richmond, will open its doors to festival followers on May 19th as a new venue for the annual music, arts and walking Festival; launching in the first instance an exhibition designed to showcase the talents of some of North Yorkshire’s most promising art pupils; then on May 28th a second exhibition featuring abstract collages by one of Britain’s most important living composers.

‘Landscapes of the Dales’ which runs on The Station’s Lower Platform from May 19th until June 7th, will show 30 original pieces from local professional artists and students inspired by the dramatic scenery of the northern dales.

What makes the exhibition particularly interesting is that the 30 works will be sold in 15 pairs; each pair representing collaboration between a professional artist and a local art student. Pupils from Richmond School, Wensleydale School, Polam Hall and Bedale High School, have each been handpicked to work with some of the region’s best-known artists including Ken Jones, Andrea Hunter, Wendy Jones, Piers Browne, and Hester Cox. 

None of these artists are strangers to The Station Gallery, but this will be the first time that their work will be hung and sold alongside that of a student in a venue as busy as The Station.

"We are delighted to be hosting this key event from the Festival programme," said Station Gallery Manager, Irene Lofthouse. "The professional artists have each given their time and expert guidance generously and in return the students have worked extremely hard to meet their high expectations. As a result the quality of work is very high and it promises to be an exciting exhibition. The initiative taps into a rich vein of talent and with The Station attracting 350,000 visitors a year; it’s a dream opportunity for these up-and-coming student artists."

The exhibition will be free of charge; open daily from 9am-9pm and works will be offered for sale in their pairs by sealed bids with the artist and student sharing payment.

Meanwhile, the Mezzanine Gallery will stage ‘Collages by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett’; a collection of strikingly colourful collages by the Festival’s Artist in Residence and renowned composer of operas, symphonies, choral pieces and film scores, including the music for ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. The exhibition runs May 28th-June 7th and is also open daily and free of charge.

Fans of Sir Richard’s music will also enjoy The Art and Film Music of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett; a ticket-only event at The Station on Sunday May 27th at 8.30pm, where the composer will talk in person about his illustrious career before a showing in Screen 2 of ‘The Return of the Soldier’, one of many films for which he wrote the score. The film will be followed by a private preview of the composer’s collages before the exhibition opens to the public the following day.

Tickets for the evening cost £20 including wine and soft drinks and are available from The Station cinema box office on 01748 823062; the Swaledale Festival box office on 01748 880019 or at with more details in The Station’s What’s On calendar at

Festival Artistic Director, Malcolm Creese, said: "We are thrilled to include The Station as a new festival venue, especially for these two very different exhibitions. I’m sure that with the multi-functional facility of cinema, gallery space and restaurant, as well as extended opening hours, The Station will prove immensely popular as a venue and meeting point for Festival visitors and will help us to bring something different to their experience."

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