Farfield Mill


Hardhome Embroidery - 'Game of Thrones White Walker' 2016

This three dimensional ‘embroidery’ measuring 11ft by 18ft depicts the mythical figure of the White Walker at the start of the Battle of Hardhome and showcases the art of hand embroidery in all its glory.  Commissioned by the American producers of   ‘Game of Thrones’ from the Embroiderer’s Guild and the Royal School of Needlework it took more than 30,000 hours to complete and involved 50 guilds throughout the country.

The variety of embroidery skills involved is extraordinary and includes digital print, surface stitchery, machine embroidery, metal thread work, beading, appliqué and quilting. 

Let's celebrate- Lace exhibition

27 July - 25 Sept 2016

This exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of "The Lace Guild"and incorporates the John Bull Trophy Competition. Let's celebrate isa a collection of intricate, unique work by lace makers from across the country. Come and help them celebrate this special anniversary at Farfield Mill. There will be demonstrations on many of the exhibition days. 

Planted and Picked - Carole Dawber

27 July - 11 Sept 2016

Carole’s work explores the riotous tangle of colour and texture that the garden flower border brings each season through the medium of contemporary applique and free-form hand-stitch.

From the first snow-drops in Spring through to the heady blossoms of the Summer, is the inspiration behind this series of floral embroideries capturing the ‘bloom’ moment that happens in the garden, pot or vase. Each flower has been re-interpreted via hand-dyed silk in a myriad of tonal colour hues and reclaimed Liberty prints. Flower form is described through individually cut petals, leaves and stems which are overlaid and hand-stitched to capture the beauty of the individually of each bloom against impressionistic, tactile backdrops.

Educated at Liverpool Art School, Carole was subsequently awarded a Royal Society of Arts Fellowship for research into fabric dying from natural sources. She has exhibited her paintings and textile work nationally and internationally over the last 35 years.

Through the Mill by Green Door Artisits

11 June - 24 July 2016

A major new group exhibition from Green Door members including work from Mike Barlow, Liron Bourla, Avery Bradbrook, Debbie Copley, Barbara Cropper, Sue David, Ray Green Judith Horsley, Cally Lawson, Delia McNeil, Jill Pemberton, Elizabeth Shorrock, Keith Shorrock, Steve Trevellion, Rosie Wates, Andy Wild and Maddy Wright.


For further information see www.greendoor.org.uk.



Alison Scott - The Moments in Between

Thurs 12 May to Weds 8 June 2016 

We welcome Alison Scott's wonderful exhibition to our Dover Gallery. The exhibition focuses on ordinary people coming and going.  The characters are caught in moments between events - moments that are often more valuable than the things that happen in life. Come and meet them and enjoy their stories, thoughts, wishes and dreams. they will make you smile.

Mandy Coates - Baskets

running until the end of May 2016

The shapely forms of Mandy Coates' baskets are currently gracing our Dover Gallery.

Her colourful and intricately woven willow works are functional as well as pleasing to the eye.

Each unique piece is designed and made with a purpose in mind, whether that be to hold flowers, logs, laundry, fruit - or to simply look beautiful.

Inspired by the natural world around her, Mandy works from home in rural North Wales, growing and harvesting the colourful willow 'whips' before drying, re-soaking and weaving them into her creations.

Basket handles are fashioned from interesting pieces of wood found in the local environment.

For Mandy, who has been practising the noble tradition of basket-making for the past 30 years, making is now not a pastime or vocation; it is an immersive way of life.

A half-hour video of Mandy at work in her studio accompanies the exhibition.



John Maher- Nobody's Home

Baby Blue

Sat 16 April- Sun 5 June 2016

John Maher is best known as the former drummer of the punk band Buzzcocks. Since 2002, Maher has been living on the Isle of Harris. His sublime and haunting photo series Nobody's Home documents deserted croft houses in the Outer Hebrides. These abandoned croft houses lie scattered throughout the isles in suspended animation. They contain traces of people who used to live there many decades age, but the identities of these indiviuals have often been consigned to oblivion. The empty houses are 'as synonymous with these island as the vast sandy beaches, coastal machair and prehistoric standing stones'.




ImPress Printmakers - Designed to Impress

20 February to 3 April 2016

ImPress Printmakers are 7 printmakers based across South Cumbria and North Lancashire. In our work you will find a rich diversity in subject matter and innovative approaches to the materials and processes involved in printmaking.

Jamie Barnes

Jamie takes his inspiration from houses, townscapes & structures in the landscape. He likes to process his love of line drawing through the magic of printmaking process. He particularly favours the Trace Monotype printmaking technique. He works from a studio in his home town of Kendal.

Sue David

Sue creates deeply embossed abstract collagraphs and intensely coloured monoprints with subtle golden highlights. Previous work has reflected the patterns and textures of the natural world and Sue is currently taking inspiration from traditional and contemporary poetry.

Ann- Marie Foster

Ann- Marie's responses to configurations, textures and forms found in the natural environment are expressed through line, mark and gesture. During a progress of improvisation these initial drawings are shaped into enigmatic motifs. Ann-Marie uses the painterly qualities of monoprint to achieve textured and atmospheric layers of colour.

Laura Sowerby

Laura's prints evoke an intimate experience with nature. Produced from her studio on the lakeland fells, the work is inspired by & drawn directly from the surrounding flora and fauna. The detail in the initial drawing is recorded with all the relish of a botanical artist but the work goes further; compositions are worked up & produced as gloriously coloured, hand pressed lino prints.

Deborah Windsor

Deborah' inspiration comes from what she sees around her home in Shap, the birds, animals, plants and wild fell landscape. Using drypoint etching, collagraph, trace monoprint & monoprint amd a combination of these processes she produce contemporary limited edition and one off prints.

Frances Winder

Frances' work is rooted in the landscape. Colour and form eroded by time and the fickle elements of air, light and water. She loves the random qualities of printmaking, and enjoys the evolution and change the process makes to her design.

Marion Kuit

Marion works mainly in print. After a visit to Kendal's remaining snuff mill she made a series of prints depicting the glorious chaos of the workshop. The mix of ancient machinery, makeshift solutions to practical problems (how many decades had the radio been there?) and ongoing manufacture of arcane product made for strong imagery. A nice coincidence was that the grinding machinery at Gawith@s snuff works was made by the same by the same engineering company, Greigs of Edinburgh, as the C 19th press used to make the prints. Prints are in editions of twenty, printed on either Somerset or mulberry papers.

International Textile Art Exhibition

Saturday 16 Jan- Wednesday 17 Feb 2016

This leading textile event shows the work of 43 selected artists from 16 countries and is the only opportunity to see this exhibition in the UK. Daily entrance included with the usual admission to the Mill. However due to the limited run we are accepting evening bookings for large groups. Phone 015396 21958 or email admin@farfieldmill.org

Material Matters- Elemental

21 Nov 2015- 3 Jan 2016

Elemental is a group of artists from Derbyshire / Yorkshire area. Their exhibition "Material Matters" is named to reflect how all the members of the group work with different materials in their own unique way.

Their creations range from functional; such as bags, scarves, cushions and rugs to decorative; wall hangings, framed pieces and sculptural works.

PrintWorks - Cow Lane Printmakers from Hot Bed Press

21st Nov 2015 - 5th Jan 2016

PrintWorks is an exhibition showcasing the artwork of a number of Print Artists from across the North West who currently work together at Hot Bed Press in Salford undertaking the Complete Printmaker Course.

All of the work on show has been produced using a wide variety of traditional printmaking techniques which includes Drypoint, Etching, Collagraph, Linocut, Waterless Lithography and Silk Screen printing.

However this use of traditional techniques does not inhibit the artists who create original contemporary pieces of work across a diverse range of concepts and subject matter.

The Complete Printmaker has brought together artists from a number of different artistic disciplines such as painting, textiles and sculpture, who are now developing and creating print art inspired by the influences and styles of their own areas of expertise.

Also on display are a selection of the tools and equipment used in the creation of these prints.

Captured Moments - Caren and Peter Threlfall

10th Oct - 14th Nov 2015

This exhibition is a collection of works from Husband and Wife artists Caren and Peter Threlfall.

Peter paints in acrylics, his paintings are bright, bold and highly textured, often creating a mood and capturing fleeting moments of light on the landscape. Peter paints landscapes, mostly Cumbrian fells and also paints seascapes and more recently cross Bay walkers.

Caren is a textile artist working mostly in felt, using the fibres in a 'painterly' way and then wet felting to produce a finely felted finished piece that looks as if it were painted. Caren then machine embroiders into the pieces to give detail and texture.  Most of Carens imagery is natural, she producse landscapes, seascapes and florals. Images of Meadows and meadow flowers and grasses feature a lot in her work.


Peter studied 3D Design at the University of Salford. Peter has developed his own painting style and has been selling his work successfully over the last few years. Peter paints mostly in acrylics. Bay. All are vibrant & colourful & full of texture as well as being expressive.

A career break to have a family enabled Caren to rediscover her love of art and she began to experiment with different forms of Textile Art. Caren uses wool & silk fibres in a 'painterly' way in order to create textural moody pieces that depict, landscapes, seascapes & floral designs. As well as felt, Caren works in other textile media, including, Batiks, Silk Paintings, Hand Made Silk Paper pieces & also Devore.


Jenny Bullen, Lynda Gray, Shelley Rhodes & Dorothy Tucker - Kutch to Kantha

10 Oct - 14 Nov 2015

The work of these four artists is inspired by the embroidery of India.

Lynda will show drawings inspired by the embroiderers of Kutch, a remote desert area in Gujarat. Her ink drawings are worked on layered surfaces which are embedded with hand-made and found papers. Layering is at the heart of Kantha, a form of embroidered quilt which is particular to Bangledesh, in which old, worn saris are layered and held together with stitch.

Dorothy’s work is inspired by the traditional processes and folk designs at the heart of Kantha making, which she will use to inform her own drawings and stitched work.

Shelley and Jenny will take the essence of Kantha, particularly the layering of worn cloth held together with stitch, but will interpret this in a contemporary way, incorporating paper, prints and drawings. Work will be shown alongside samples of Indian embroidery, sketchbook pages and drawings.

Rebel Rag Rugs

5th Sept- 4th Oct 2015

We are textile artists who make contemporary sculptural forms and wall hangings using the traditional rag rugging techniques of "Hooking" and "Progging". We both have backgrounds in art as Margaret formally trained as a painter and Jane as a potter. Both of us came to rag rugging by chance, rather than design. But we love the simplicity and versatility of this unpretentious craft, which is increasingly being recognised and appreciated as an art form. Although we both use exactly the same rag rugging techniques, out approach and the work we create are very different from each other. 

Margaret works with recycled or found fabrics and takes great pleasure in extending the life and history of each garment or fabric she uses. She often uses old sacks as her base fabric, incorporating any lettering into her design and leaving frayed areas or holes exposed.Margaret works in a very organic and abstract way, letting each piece develop without using formal or detailed design.

Jane works almost exclusively with brand new Harris Tweeds as she loves the bright colours and the tough texture of this unique heritage fabric. Jane always plans her work and has a definite idea in mind. She only uses a single type of fabric throughout as she feels it gives the overall design a greater coherence. Jane's current work is about using "proggy" as a pointillist technique, where an effect of colour is achieved through mixing dots of constituent colours. for example, the effect of purple is created through the use of pieces of red and blue fabric mixed together. 


The Wool Clip

8th Sept - 8th Oct 2015

Vernacular Spectacular

Herdwick exhibition by members of the Woolclip.

A textile tale of sheep,wool work and landscape – from everyday to heirloom. Inspiration from Ian Lawson's photography book ' Herdwick a portrait of Lakeland'

Using Herdwick wool as it has never been used before, the members of the woolclip have used many different techniques.

These include felting, hand spinning, dyeing, rug making, recycling, quilling, weaving, knitting, ply split braiding, needle felting, embroidering, quilting, crocheting and sewing. To produce an amazing collection of work.

Jamie Barnes - Architypes and Aquatints

4th July - 31 August 2015

Jamie is a Freelance Curator and Printmaker. His artwork is principally concerned with manmade structures: houses, buildings, townscapes and structures in the landscape.

In this exhibition Jamie presents new prints made using the trace monotype and etching techniques. Statement For me all printmaking comes from drawing, which he loves to do. Jamie enjoys taking his love of line drawing and transforming it through the magic of printmaking processes.

His subject interest in buildings stems from a childhood connection to architecture and drawing sparked by his Dad who worked as an architectural draftsman and building inspector.

Jamie's interest is partly technical and partly romantic. He is interested in the lines, shapes and details of architecture and engineering but also in the human stories which are played out within buildings. In his work Jamie often leave lights burning inside the houses he depicts. This is partly so he can imagine what is going on inside; the secret and silent dramas which any inhabited place contains. Over the last three years Jamie has focussed on the Trace Monotype printmaking technique.

Jamie has also recently returned to etching after completing a residency in the printmaking department of the University of Central Lancashire.



Frances Winder & John Davenport - Images in Mind

17 Jan - 15 Mar 2015

Husband and wife team, Frances Winder and John Davenport, have joined forces to explore their individual approaches to their work. Frances has a Fine Arts degree and a lifetime’s experience in painting and other art forms. John, on the other hand, only came to ceramics in retirement and has no formal art qualifications. Frances is excited by the colours and moods she experiences in the landscape. She then responds intellectuality and emotionally though the sensuality of her materials. John finds clay the ideal medium in which to develop themes which often begin in nature or in history, but which then take on elements of abstraction or fantasy.

18th January - 15th March 2015- Howgill Gallery

Cagmagary & Coppice

A selected group of artists bringing together Coppice, Basket Weaving, Photography and More. Artists Include Edward Aclancd, Florence Acland, Helen Elvin,  Steve Tomlin, Lorna Singleton and Phil Bradley.......

Lisa Slater - Mechanical Mules and More - An exhibition of Automata

Sat 11 Oct - Sun 16 Nov 2014

Lisa Slater lives and makes Automata in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire in her studio at Northlight Art Studios.

Lisa studied Three Dimensional Design at Manchester Metropolitan University in the late 80’s and went onto teach Design Technology for many years at Skipton Girls High School. Her work has been shown in the Bankfield Museum , Halifax, Platform Gallery, Clitheroe , Out if the Stable exhibition, Bleakheath London where she won best in show.

This year Lisa’s work was exhibited by Cabaret Mechanical Theater at the Paul McPherson Gallery, London.

Lisa’s work follows two themes. Enhancing old objects of interest to become automaton and Mechanical Mules. The Mules are created using silver birch wood and horse hair. Both raw materials combine together to make an almost primitive folk art style pieces. Construction is simple using dowel pegs and wire. The wood is often not fully seasoned when used. She is particularly drawn to the white bark and the shapes of the wood to inspire the mules. Mechanically the pieces are very simple powered by one axle with cams and followers.


13 Sep - 12 Oct 2014

James Roberts - Sedbergh Now!

A collection of watercolours and oil paintings of the Sedbergh Area by local artist and gallery owner James Roberts.

Wool! 2014

This exhibition especially curated for SheepFest brings together 6 artists who create visually stunning pieces of artwork using differing techniques but all encompassing Wool as the main medium.

Felters Chrissie Day and Debra Esterhuizan show what can be done with simple felt tops, detergent and physical agitation, creating beautiful pieces of artworks from lanscapes to animals.

Tina Francis delights in showing people how to use wools scraps to create detailed and colourful needlework tapestries both in wall hanging and cushion formats. Tina will also be hosting a workshop at the end of this exhibition, click here for more information, and kits will be available alongside this exhibition to purchase and have a go at home.

Valerie Wartell fibre artist creates atmosphepric and ethereal landscapes with wool and silk and screen printing techniques.

Ruth Lee knitter extrodinaire, creates everything from knitted Jewellery to large scale knitted sculptural hangings. Ruth who has recently relocated to portugal, will be exhibiting work never seen in he U,K before.

Work by Weaver Carole Bowman and Felter Lesley Hennedy will also be hung in this exhibition.


Andrea Hunter - Felt

13th - 21st September 2014

Andrea was born in Wensleydale and after graduating from Leeds University in 1987 she returned to the dale to work as a professional artist. After several years her interest in textiles uncovered a real love for felt making.

Traditionally feltmaking is viewed as a craft requiring a great amount of skill, Andrea’s work transcends this into a highly distinctive technique, which skillfully applies the principles of drawing and painting to fine layers of wool . Andrea’s work has a striking, atmospheric quality. Mood, movement and dramatic light effects are all captured in pictures which resemble charcoal or pastel drawings, but with the added depth and textural quality created by using fine layers of wool.

The wild landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales and a profound empathy with her surroundings, are central to Andrea work. Her success in demonstrating the merits of wool as a drawing medium have been an important step in pushing the boundaries of this ancient craft and one which has won her much acclaim.

Her book “Creating Felt Pictures” demonstrates the exciting scope of pictorial feltmaking and explains how to apply the principles of drawing and painting to working with wool. Illustrated with stunning pictures of finished works as well as practical demonstrations this book will appeal to the textile enthusiast looking for guidance in transferring drawing and painting skills into feltmaking, or the artist wishing to explore felt as a drawing medium. She has exhibited nationally in the past ten years and her work has featured in several TV programs. A permanent display of work can be seen at her studio gallery in Hardraw.

This exhibition shows a selection of new work by Andrea to support the Sheepfest. Andrea will be giving a talk 'Creating Felt Pictures' on Sat 13 Sept at 2pm - this event is free you can phone in advance and book a seat to avoid dissapointment on 015396 21958.

Stella Adams-Schofield - The Story of the Quilt

Sat 28 Jun - 14 Sept 2014

“We share a communal understanding of ‘quilt’ as something that is warm and comforting, layered and protective. We also understand ‘quilt’ as a holder of memories of individuals and communities - of stories of makers and making.” Stella Adams-Schofield

These understandings of ‘quilt’ are to be explored in ‘The Story of a Quilt’, an on-going research project that is the personal response of artist, Stella Adams-Schofield, to the processes involved in making North Country Quilts and also to the people and communities who made and continue to make them.

‘The Story of a Quilt: Introduction’ is the first piece to be developed as part of this project and will be shown alongside other work that Stella has created as a response to patchwork and quilting traditions.

Stella Adams-Schofield is an artist, teacher and researcher whose work explores textiles to reveal their stories and history. Immersing herself fully in the process of textile making, ‘living through’ the construction and then the layering and stitching of ‘cloth’, Stella uses video and photography to record the process and incorporates the still and moving images into installations that combine both textile and time-based media.


Green Door Studios - Summertime......and the living is easy!

Sat 5 Jul - Sun 7 Sept 2014

Popular South Lakes art collective Green Door will be exhibiting a dazzling selection of work from its members to celebrate all things summery.

Work includes paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics, textiles and glass. Green Door are a self-managed, not-for-profit artists’ co-operative, with a membership of nearly 100 artists.

They are committed to bringing artists together and making contemporary art accessible to local residents and visitors to the area.


Material Space - in_touch

Sat 28 Jun - Sun 24 Aug 2014

The four artists in Material Space share an interest in creating work of a tactile and repetitive nature, often working in three dimensions.

This exhibition, in_touch, continues these themes and invites the viewer to participate in an exploration of the qualities which inspire them through an interactive display.

Pippa Andrews, Barbara Cotterell, Jane Neal and Debbie White originally met on the Diploma in Stitched Textiles course at East Berkshire College. They went on to graduate in their own fields before reuniting as a group to continue developing their work and ideas through discussion, mutual support and exhibitions.

Pippa has upcycled newspaper to explore pattern through bead-woven grids, evoked by office buildings in the City of London.

Waste materials form an essential and sometimes quirky backdrop to Barbara's work. Key elements are the subtleties of the repeating image and the machine like processes.

Jane’s work has focused on links between textiles, skin and touch. She investigates ancient patterns and texts which communicate ideas of continuity on a variety of surfaces ranging from bark to skin.

Currently experimenting with spatial knotting to construct netted sculptural forms, Debbie explores cyclical patterns and their relationships with time and place.


Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority - Every Picture Tells a Story

Sat 28 Jun - Sun 17 Aug 2014

The historic buildings of the Yorkshire Dales form a significant part of our cultural heritage and of the special qualities of the National Park. They are a direct link to past generations and an asset we need to conserve for future generations.

Buildings make a major contribution to local distinctiveness and to a sense of place. Here this distinctiveness has many causes including the use of local materials, particularly stone, for both roofs and walls, the way traditional buildings were designed or developed in response to the upland environment and climate of the Dales, the use of local craft skills and techniques, and a patina of age.

This exhibition highlights some of this rich cultural heritage. All of the photographs were taken as part of the day-to-day work of the Authority in helping to look after this rich cultural resource: none were specifically taken for exhibition purposes.

There is no public access to many of these buildings so although some are readily recognisable they are deliberately not named in the captions – their importance here is in the stories and ideas they convey.

We hope these images will inspire you to look anew at the built environment of the National Park and to appreciate the significance and fragility of this part of our cultural heritage.


Metamorphosis - The British Tapestry Group

Sat 26 Apr - Sun 29 Jun 2014

Following on the success of Tapestry Mischief at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries in January, the Scottish Members of The British Tapestry Group (BTG) are bringing a new exhibition extending the theme of “historic influences and contemporary mischief” to Farfield Mill.

This exciting new exhibition plays with the concept of change/transition on a number of different levels.

Metamorphosis - a striking, magical change in appearance or character or circumstances. The words that inspire our creativity include transform, change, swap, all mixed up, playful misbehaviour, cross pollination, mischief, humour, cross over, threads and thrums, shaking it up, be warped to weave, crossings, tradition and transition, mythological hybrids and old to new. 

The weavings will be designed and woven by the Scottish members of BTG 

The British Tapestry Group aims to raise the profile of contemporary British Tapestry and has built a platform for discussion and education through social media, exhibitions, conferences, regional events and forums.

It has 253 members, 73 of which live in Scotland.


PagePaperStitch - Fold

Sat 26 Apr - Sun 22 June 2014

Annwyn Dean draws inspiration from her collection of antique lace and embroidery fragments - she sees them as providing a link with embroiderers from the past and with their techniques. The pieces are small and because of this, have an intensity and so she feels the need to look closely, to arrange and rearrange her ideas to catch the viewers eye, so that they too can appreciate the fragments. Her work is expressed as embroidered books and wall pieces, which are constructed from papers which she has printed, using mono and collagraphic methods, painted and embellished by stitch.

Joan Newall's work is concerned with narrative and process with a strong leaning towards emotional and autobiographical events. She uses her own experiences and translates these feelings into work on cloth and paper. This new work explores the invisibility of old age, looking particularly at her own place in our forever young society, how she perceives herself and how she deals with negative attitudes. Joan has a First Class Honours degree in Textiles and Print, is a Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and teaches contemporary textiles.

Elizabeth Shorrock’s inspiration comes from the landscape around her. For this exhibition she has worked with found text from old guide books. She has combined this text with fragments of old maps and her own photographs of the landscape to create a variety of books and wall pieces. Her idea is that only parts of the text should be completely visible so that the viewer has to look carefully at the rest of the book or piece to complete the picture. She also hopes that the work will trigger viewers’ memories of places visited and enjoyed.

Page Paper Stitch was formed at the beginning of 2010 by three textile artists, who all have a love of bookmaking.

Annwyn, Joan and Elizabeth have many years experience as textile artists and of exhibiting as individuals and with groups. They have all taught within their fields and been involved with a variety of allied activities surrounding their textile art. Each expresses their ideas and methods of working in different ways, exploring varying formats and styles that are found in the art book field.


Mark & Sarah Butler - Working the View

Sat 26 Apr - Sun 22 Jun 2014

We often take the landscape around us for granted. We might appreciate a view for its beauty, but not think to consider the natural and historical processes, or the everyday work and care that goes into managing and sustaining it.

Working The View explores this relationship between the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and its guardians; bringing to light the work that goes on to protect, enhance and make a living from it. The exhibition is the result of a brother and sister collaboration between photographer Mark and writer Sarah.

It features 40 participants who have shared the stories behind their favourite views. Each person was asked to suggest three viewpoints which have specific meaning for them. From these, a broad spread of locations was selected from throughout the National Park and its potential extension to the north and west.

Mark spent a year and a half photographing these views, often returning to the same areas again and again to ensure each view was captured in the best season and light conditions available.

Sarah interviewed each participant to discover the reasons behind their choice and learn about the work they do in the landscape. Each interview was recorded and then written up into a coherent ‘piece’, using the words of the participants. As a result each interview reads as if spoken and retains the ‘voice’ of the participant.

We could never hope to showcase every voice and every role in the National Park, but we have brought together a range of individuals; from farmers and landowners, to people employed by organisations working to protect the landscape.

The result is a unique tour of the National Park area, given by the people who make the landscape what it is today and who are working to ensure it is protected into the future.

Working the View is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Felt Through Contact - Viltkontaktgroep 20 Years On

Sat 18 Jan - Mon 21 Apr 2014

On April 13th 1991 ten feltmakers gathered in the South of Holland. This was the very first time the so-called Dutch Felting Association (Viltkontaktgroep) met. Later that year a second meeting followed in the North of Holland, setting the tone for the years to come. Even now, in 2013, the members meet twice a year, somewhere in the Netherlands. They now number just over 500, some of those present at the very beginning still being a member to this day.

Farfield Mill is the only venue in the UK for an exhibition which show-cases the work of 53 members of Viltkontactgroep a 500 strong group which is celebrating its 21st anniversary. A midwinter feast of creativity, colour and inspiration throughout the entire arts centre ranges from functional objects to fashion items to works of art – pots, hats, wall-hangings, jewellery, jackets, toys, cushions and not least exotic ball-gowns – illustrating beautifully a great number of felting techniques and what can be achieved by them. No piece of felt work is the same; the possibilities of wool are endless.

Workshops from beginners to experienced felters accompany the exhibition led by Farfield’s resident fibre artist Chrissie Day and Charity Van de Meer, both internationally known tutors and authors. Chrissie’s ‘A felted carpet bag in a day’ will run on 15th or 16th Feb, Charity’s workshops include the opportunity to make a unique waistcoat, creating structure and layers using silk fabric and fine wools – and no sewing!

For more information on the workshop programme click here.

Metaphor - Challenges

Sat 23 Nov 2013 - Sun 5 Jan 2014

METAPHOR is an exciting and forward-thinking textile group, which was formed in 2010.

The original members spent the first two years working with a mentor on various projects. In August 2012 the mentoring stopped, new members joined and the excitement began.

Artists include: Jane Clark, Shelagh Cobb, Linda Gumery, Marilyn Hughes, Rosie Jackson, Rosalie Janes, Heather Randall, Kay Stockdale, Janet Wilde

Heather Randall...   'Retirement gave me time to play, and so in 2007 I enrolled on City and Guilds Level 3 Embroidery with ArtyBird in Carnforth.  My tutor was Rosie Jackson, an inspirational teacher.

In 2010 I became a member of Metaphor and have loved the time spent with likeminded people developing my skills. My exhibition pieces are based on some design work we did early on using a Willow Patterned plate as our starting point. I hope you enjoy our work.'

Out of the Kiln

Sat 12 Oct - Sun 5 Jan 2013

An exciting exhibition of contemporary ceramics - artists include Gwen Bainbridge, Rebecca Callis, Lara Clahane, Alison Ogden, Eryl Fryer, Catherine Ball, Thea-Mitzi Rogers and Jan Huntley-Peace. On the walls Tina Balmer will be showing her colurful still life paintings. 

Gwen's work is a celebration of old things, both from her childhood memories growing up on a rural farm in Cumbria but also from her extensive searching through antique fairs, car boot sales and researching museum pieces, particularly within a costume context.

Her taste is varied and is reflected in her work although the nostalgic theme is always there somewhere. Originally drawn to the lavish embroidery of the Elizabethan period, she began to produce her own versions of textile techniques using Porcelain and Bone China.                    

Gwen has exhibited and demonstrated both nationally and within Europe.

An ideal exhibition in which to pick up handmade pieces for Christmas presents.




Ian Scott Massie - Tales from the Dales

Sat 5th Oct - Sun 5th Jan

For the past two years Ian Scott Massie has been researching and collecting stories of all kinds from the Yorkshire Dales. Classic legends, historical characters, the background behind real events and personal anecdotes have all been quietly accumulated and giving life to paintings and prints.                                                                                                                                                                           

'Tales of the Dales' was originally shown to the public at Wensley Church near Leyburn in July 2013 and in October these pictures, including images drawn from all parts of the Dales from High Force in the North to Malham in the South, will be coming to Farfield Mill.

The exhibition is accompanied by two books:

Tales of the Dales - Over sixty stories collected from the Yorkshire Dales accompanied by the paintings which they inspired. Its an illustrated, light hearted ramble through the many tall tales, legends, trivia and folk lore of this remarkable part of England.

The Penhill Giant - An illustrated book loosely based on a traditional Wensleydale story. Its about a very big man with a small waggy dog and the persuasive power of tea and cake.

A short film of Ian Scott Massie at work can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch;    


Marie Wright - Memory of Place - an exhibition inspired by Morecambe Bay and beyond

Sat 5 Oct - Sun 17 Nov 2013

Marie Wright's work is inspired by the surroundings close to her studio at Morecambe Bay, near Ulverston. The hidden aspects of the landscape are revealed in her work through exploring and observing both its fragility and its changing nature.

The repetition of the tides and transient nature of the sands create memories of the changing landscape and a sense of place. She aims to create an elusive fragile quality in her work that reflects the frail nature of that landscape.

Marie creates collections of the minute detail left behind; charred wood, rusty iron work, plastic flotsam and fishing twine all form a rich source of imagery, each arranged as objects in a museum and elevated to artifacts of significance. She uses collections of old linen and lace from her past to emphasize the sense of place and tradition and to create a texture barely visible in the final piece but which imitates the landscape itself.

The memory of place is also represented through the screenprinted images of brightly painted houses found around Ulverston, interpreted to express their individuality.



Theresa Taylor

Sat 17 Aug - Sun 6 Oct 2013

An exciting exhibition bringing together the work of 8 print makers together. Artists include: Theresa Taylor, Jane Walker, Cathy Duncan, Ed Boxall, Karen Lester, Angie Mitchell, Lynn Kirkley, Ann-Marie Foster.

Using various mark making and printing techniques mainly mono/lino prints, collagraph, drypoint to produce handmade limited edition prints.

This exhibition shows the exceptional diversity of print, through use of differing techniques, textures and colours.

Every original print differs from every other, making each work unique, yet the process allows works to be priced to make Print, accessible to all.

Each Printmaker has been hand picked to showcase the variety of Print across Cumbria and Beyond.

This is one exhibition you shouldn't miss!!




'Summit Structures' - Jamie Barnes

10 Aug - 29 Sept 2013


Jamie Barnes works as a Freelance Curator throughout Cumbria.

He has always been keen on drawing and after many years working with artists in art galleries & museums, he started to develop his own line drawing style during a tour of Italy in 2007.

While working as the Curator of Keswick Museum & Art Gallery he took an evening class in Printmaking at Carlisle Art College where he became fascinated by the aquatint etching technique. Since then he has branched out into drypoint engraving and trace monotype printing.

Jamie's work is principally concerned with buildings. For this exhibition Jamie has studied man-made structures built on and around the hills and fells of Cumbria.

Flax - Diveristy

Sat 10 Aug - Sun 29 Sept 2013

Farfield Mill is very excited to welcome a new exhibition by flaX.

flaX is a group of artists who support and encourage one another whilst exploring new themes and ideas for exhibitions.

The group’s aim is to create and present contemporary, innovative artwork which illustrates the world around us past and present and also reflects nature's creation and man's impact upon it.

Members of the group are all specialists in their own field and have a range of art and textile disciplines that have been developed over many years.

This contemporary exhibition of predominantly textile art provides an ideal platform for flaX to showcase the depth of skills and experience present within the group. The techniques and media used by the members of the group to develop these art works is a mixture of traditional and non-traditional methods which are as wide ranging as surface design, collage and assemblage to hand printing along with stitch and the production of works using found objects.

Many of the pieces on show have been inspired by the Industrial Revolution and culminate into an exhibition that resonates with Farfield Mill’s history.

For more information about flaX click here.

Trio: A Textile Hub Exhibition

Jane Frazer

8 Jun - 11 Aug 2013

This exhibition gathers together the work of three textile artists from the North East.

Mandy Pattullo, Jane Frazer and Ali Rhind work with textile collage, weave, knit and mat making.

All stretch the boundaries of traditional techniques to make large scale and sculptural pieces as well as more intimate and affordable art.

Expect texture, colour, unusual materials and references to domestic crafts of the past presented in a contemporary approach to textiles.

Mandy Pattullo will be our Artist in Residence from 16 - 23 June 2013 in the Bainside Studio on Level 4

'Paintings & Drawings' - John Cooke

Sat 8 Jun - Sun 4 Aug 2013

Drawn paintings and painted drawings.

The photograph plays an important part in the collection and construction of these images but never appears in the finished work. Perhaps one day it will; you never know!

Until then, come and see a collection of paintings, drawings, computer based images and cardboard prints created simply for themselves.

The computer pictures are drawn directly onto the screen with the mouse without a painting program.

The cardboard prints are cut out with scissors without any previous drawing on the board.

The paintings and drawings, well, you know all about that!

Coppice Crafts

Apr 13 - Jun 2 2013

Coppice is back at Farfield!!

After the success of 'Working Woodlands' in 2012, we are pleased to announce that an exhibition of Coppice Crafts will be returning to Farfield Mill this Spring.

Gypsy Flowers, Carved Spoons, Green Men and Furniture are just a few of the amazing greenwood delights that will greet you.

Alongside the Coppice Crafts, there will also be a selection of woodland based artwork from printmaker Beverley White (left), Painter David Johnson (below left), Photographer Peter Stockdale and Farfield Mill's own Tomoko Alderson.

We will be running a couple of demonstration at weekends, when you can join in, see how it's done and have a go.  Demonstrations will be happening over both bank holiday weekends in May, Sat - Mon!!

Click here for images of last years exhibition!


Effie Galletly - Quilted Landscapes

Inspired by the Hebridean Islands of Scotland 

Saturday 19 January to Sunday 7 April 2013

This small exhibition of work by Effie Galletly displays a nugget of the world she finds so fascinating and exhilarating. For more than a decade, Effie has been interpreting these island landscapes using the perhaps unexpected medium of the quilt. Her methods are entirely traditional; the shape and form she uses – suggested by what she sees in front of her – are entirely her own.

Effie comes to landscape as a quilt maker. With traditional quilt making firmly in mind as a method, she is looking through that method to see colour and shape ahead of the practical side of fabrication. Composition, colour, light, perspective and movement are all taken into account during the initial stages of design making. There is no attempt to be representational; more that her scenes are recognisably of the place from which they come. They evolve somewhere along a line between the traditional quilt and a representational painting. They are a hybrid all of their own. Although in some instances dye and paint are used on fabrics, all effects are made with the colours in the cotton fabrics used and all cotton fabrics available will be considered. Effie approaches her work as both a puritan traditionalist and an organically thinking experimenter. It sounds like a contradiction in terms – until you see the work! www.effiegalletly.co.uk

Effie Galletly grew up in the west of Scotland and was raised in a home where art, music and sewing were greatly encouraged. After leaving school she travelled widely as a singer and songwriter followed by a period working as a music journalist, and later running her own solo music publishing company while bringing up two daughters with husband Michael Dickson, a consulting structural engineer, in Somerset, England.

Work on image making started seriously for Effie while studying music as a mature student. Focusing on composing music to image, her first wall hangings were made to show with a wind quartet she wrote as part of her studies.

There have been four main influences in Effie's artistic development: her mother, Isabel, who set her challenging standards in her dressmaking and tailoring from early on; her school Art teacher, Mr Wilkie, whose lessons in drawing, structure and colour she has never forgotten; more recently Jan Hassard, who introduced her to the world of traditional quilt making in her beginners' class; and Susan Denton whose inspiring workshops set her on her own path of discovery.

Over the last decade, Effie has produced a large body of work, much of which is displayed on the galleries of her website.  Effie has shared her work through talks, workshops and exhibitions across Great Britain and North America, details of which can be found in the events archive.


Part of the Quilt Festival @ Farfield Mill, an 11-week event celebrating quilts and quilting.


‘Quiltscapes & Quiltline’ by Pauline Burbidge 2013

Pauline is a textile artist, designer / maker, and a quilt-maker, and has made this her profession. She is well known for her quiltmaking, and has been continuing to develop and push forward the boundaries of this art form and craft, throughout her 36-year career.

Pauline’s ideas have grown from the tradition of quiltmaking, which she has linked together with her experience and training at art school. The imagery she uses is often inspired by the natural world, and this links with her need for self-expression, through fabric.

“Currently my work divides between two categories – ‘Quiltscapes’ and ‘Quiltline’. ‘Quiltscapes’ are my extra special fabric studies, made for wall hangings – using cloth, stitch, paint and collage, one quilt can often take as long as eight or nine months to make. If you think in terms of fine art – they are a little like my paintings, yet I know they could only be made using fabric and stitch. I build the imagery up, often using layers of fabric and stitch. My inspiration often comes from the spiritual atmosphere of being in a special place; for example, the landscape around Holy Island or Lindisfarne, which was the inspiration for ‘Causeway III’.

I have been developing my ‘Quiltline’ collections, over the last six years. They are usable and functional quilts to use as bed quilts or couch throws. I draw with my stitching line, and often work with plant life and growing form as my inspiration. ‘Cat’s Tail Two’ is connected to the wild grasses and cornfields growing in the summer months, around my home in the Scottish Borders. They are generally much faster to make, and I think of them as my drawings.

I have also developed smaller works that I call my ‘Stitch Drawings’ that I often present as framed works. I include three in this show.”

Pauline shows annually at an Open Studio exhibition held over the first weekend of August (open four days), and also annually at The Festival of Quilts, held at the NEC in Birmingham, which takes place immediately afterwards. To see more information about both these events, and more of her work, please visit her website.



·         Part of the Quilt Festival @ Farfield Mill, an 11-week event celebrating quilts and quilting.


'Signatures' by Lynn Setterington 2013

"On holiday over the summer I came another  embroidered signature cloth in Sturminster Newton in Dorset. It was made recently, when the community hall was built.

It is amazing how many are hidden aware in collections. A journey to Gallery Oldham revealed a lovely tablecloth filled with a spiral of signatures. There is no date but probably 1940′s made by the Town Women’s Guild. One I saw in Wales was actually made in Haslingden Lancashire and is the most worn of all those seen, largely as it has been with a family all that time and in use.

Other visits include a home in North Wales and the Rachel K. Shuttleworth Collection at Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire. The Gawthorpe Hall piece is more of a tablecloth with lace edging and blue signatures. It was donated by the grand daughter of the founder of the Manchester and Salford Hospital Saturday and made in 1905 as a fundraiser as were many signature cloths."

Lynn Setterington,  published: 10th January 2013

“Who do you think you are?" is made up from “pretend” signatures of facebook Setteringtons. Varying handwriting styles and identities are still evident and like facebook itself, what we see on the surface is not always what is really going on underneath.

Lynn Setterington is an internationally recognised artist working in the textiles arena, most notably quilts and hand stitched cloths. Over the last decade she has worked on a number of large public engagement projects and collaborations with diverse groups. She is best known for her work related to Kantha quilts of Bengal.

Pieces often possess a strong autobiographical content, juxtaposed with a constant celebration of the ordinary and overlooked in society. She has undertaken a number of residencies and commissions including work at Belsay Hall in Northumberland, the Harris Museum Preston, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery and recently a quilt with the people of Blackpool for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Lynn was born in Yorkshire and trained at York College of Arts and Technology and Goldsmiths College London. She has been a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University in the School of Art since 1992 and in 2009 was awarded a Public Engagement Fellowship. She is an Associate Fellow of the International Quilt Study Center in the US and in 2010 received their visiting Fellowship. She is a member of the 62 Group of textile artists and has exhibited internationally from the US to New Zealand, the Netherlands and Italy. Her work is held in many major public and private collections.


Part of the Quilt Festival 2013 - Running until 7 April

Exhibition - Dover Gallery - 19 Jan to 7 Apr 2013

'Created in Cumbria: The Art of Layering' by Cumbrian members of The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles

This exhibition by Cumbrian-based members of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles was specially commissioned for Farfield Mill’s Quilt Festival.

The selection of over 25 quilts demonstrate a variety of quilting skills – including machine embroidery, folding, manipulating, sashing, embellishment, free machining, raw edge appliqué, couching, cording and faux trapunto.

A number of Quilters’ Guild exhibitors will be demonstrating at the Mill from 18 February to 1 April, every day except Mondays and Wednesdays (when the Mill’s volunteer weavers are in residence).

Exhibitors include: Lyn Armstrong, Sue Bradley, Janet Chisholm, Catherine Edgar, Janette Fairer, Hilary Hale, Nicola Howell, Fiona Hurley, Janet Johnston, Pam Pitt, Norma Poulson, Mary Reed, Christiane Shrimpton, Margaret Townsend, Nicola Welfare, Eve Westwood, Lisa Wilkinson and Debbie Woolley.


Part of the Quilt Festival @ Farfield Mill, an 11-week event celebrating quilts and quilting.

Quilt Festival - 19 Jan to 7 April 2013

'Voices' - An exhibition of new work by Quilt Art

Sat 19 Jan to Sun 7 Apr 2013

Quilt Art is a selected group of artists working with fabric and stitch. Their artwork is inspired by the techniques of quilt-making and the quilt as a cultural artefact, as well as the limitless creative possibilities of the textile surface.

This exhibition is a new body of work showcasing how their diverse methods, approaches and interpretations can transform a traditional craft into contemporary art. Exhibitors include: Eszter Bornemisza (Hungary), Elizabeth Brimelow (UK), Jette Clover (Belgium), Fenella Davies (UK), Yael David-Cohen (UK), Ann Fahy (Ireland), Dirjke van der Horst-Beetsma (The Netherlands), Inge Hueber (Germany), Sara Impey (UK), Val Jackson (UK), Alle Kay (Ireland), Cherlyn Martin (The Netherlands), Sandra Meech (UK), Dominie Nash (USA), Mirjam Pet-Jacobs (The Netherlands), Karina Thompson (UK), Janet Twinn (UK), Anne Woringer (France) and Charlotte Yde (Denmark). The exhibition, which is accompanied by a book (available from Farfield Mill’s Reception), features work made to celebrate the diversity of this international group of textile artists. Each has her own distinctive style, but they are united by their commitment to the expressive potential of fabric, thread, colour and texture.

The starting point for all the artists is the exploration of techniques based on quilt-making, but the stereotypical view of the quilt is challenged by the inclusion of works that are three-dimensional, use unexpected materials or rely on unusual methods of display.

About Quilt Art   The first group of its kind in Europe, Quilt Art was formed in Britain in 1985 to develop the quilt as an artistic medium and promote its recognition as an art form. Its members are leading practitioners who exhibit nationally and internationally. As individual artists, many have won major awards and been selected into prestigious exhibitions. Their work is in private collections as well as public institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, the American Museum of Arts & Design in New York and the International Quilt Study Center in Nebraska. Many are also well-known teachers, lecturers and authors.


Part of the Quilt Festival @ Farfield Mill, an 11-week event celebrating quilts and quilting.

Cheshire Textiles (group) - Conversations with Water

Sat 17 Nov - Weds 2 Jan 2013

Renowned textile group, Cheshire Textiles, return to Farfield Mill with a new and exciting exhibition based on the theme of water – a poignant choice, given its relevance to the woollen industry and the relationship it still has with the Mill today.

The 12 members of Cheshire Textiles shared their initial thoughts with a series of self-initiated workshops exploring fresh ideas through observation and sound, drawing and discussion. Further investigation on a more personal level has inspired members to experiment with a variety of processes resulting in a range of pieces offering unique dialogues with water.



Green Door - Jubilatum!

Saturday 17 November - Weds 2 Jan 2013

An exhibition of joyous 2-D and 3-D work to lift the spirits and warm the heart, by selected artists from this popular local arts collective, including:

Roger Bell,

Maggie Angus Berkowitz,

Tania Jany Brown,

Donna Campbell,

Annie Coxey,

Emily Jackson,

Angie Mitchell

and Rosie Wates.

From paintings and printmaking to ceramics, glass and textiles, there’s a wide choice of beautiful pieces to admire and to buy for that special person for Christmas. Plus hand-crafted cards for the season and beyond.



Metaphor (group) - Just One Stitch

Sat 17 Nov - Weds 2 Jan 2013

METAPHOR is a new, exciting and forward-thinking textile group, which was formed in 2010.

The original members spent the first two years working with a mentor on various projects. In August 2012 the mentoring stopped, new members joined and the excitement began.

The group has been preparing for its first exhibition entitled ‘Just One Stitch’ Metaphor encourages each member to develop as individual textile artists.  Regular monthly meetings and workshops both in techniques and design considerations are important to the group, who share their skills with each other as well as working with other artists and designers.

The group work to a theme that could last for several months culminating in a finished piece of work.  These have included titles such as Messages, Corners and New Life.  Although ‘Just One Stitch’ is a small collection of work, Metaphor is already planning ahead for more exhibitions – this is only just the start for the group.

Members: Jane Clark, Shelagh Cobb, Linda Gumery, Marilyn Hughes, Rosie Jackson, Rosalie Janes, Heather Randall, Kay Stockdale, Janet Wilde

Heather Randall...   'Retirement gave me time to play, and so in 2007 I enrolled on City and Guilds Level 3 Embroidery with ArtyBird in Carnforth.  My tutor was Rosie Jackson, an inspirational teacher.

In 2010 I became a member of Metaphor and have loved the time spent with likeminded people developing my skills. My exhibition pieces are based on some design work we did early on using a Willow Patterned plate as our starting point. I hope you enjoy our work.'

Page Paper Stitch - Text

22 Sept - 11 Nov

Annwyn Dean draws inspiration from her collection of antique lace and embroidery fragments - she sees them as providing a link with embroiderers from the past and with their techniques. The pieces are small and because of this, have an intensity and so she feels the need to look closely, to arrange and rearrange her ideas to catch the viewers eye, so that they too can appreciate the fragments. Her work is expressed as embroidered books and wall pieces, which are constructed from papers which she has printed, using mono and collagraphic methods, painted and embellished by stitch.

Joan Newall's work is concerned with narrative and process with a strong leaning towards emotional and autobiographical events. She uses her own experiences and translates these feelings into work on cloth and paper. This new work explores the invisibility of old age, looking particularly at her own place in our forever young society, how she perceives herself and how she deals with negative attitudes. Joan has a First Class Honours degree in Textiles and Print, is a Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and teaches contemporary textiles.

Elizabeth Shorrock’s inspiration comes from the landscape around her. For this exhibition she has worked with found text from old guide books. She has combined this text with fragments of old maps and her own photographs of the landscape to create a variety of books and wall pieces. Her idea is that only parts of the text should be completely visible so that the viewer has to look carefully at the rest of the book or piece to complete the picture. She also hopes that the work will trigger viewers’ memories of places visited and enjoyed.

Page Paper Stitch was formed at the beginning of 2010 by three textile artists, who all have a love of bookmaking. This new work by the group is in response to the word “text” and exhibits their individual styles.

Annwyn, Joan and Elizabeth have many years experience as textile artists and of exhibiting as individuals and with groups. They have all taught within their fields and been involved with a variety of allied activities surrounding their textile art. Each expresses their ideas and methods of working in different ways, exploring varying formats and styles that are found in the art book field.


62 Group - '62 @ 50'

Sat 22 Sept - Sun 11 Nov

1962 - 2012: The 62 Group of Textile Artists celebrates 50 years at the forefront of innovation and creativity.

“I find it so inspiring to think that the 62 Group of Textile Artists have, for the last 50 years, been in a constant state of ‘becoming’, never fixed, always questioning what it is to be a textile artist.” Professor Lesley Millar

The 62 Group of Textile Artists is an artist-led collective, recognised internationally for its professionalism, it has included some of the most highly regarded British textile artists. It was formed in 1962 by a small group of embroidery graduates keen to find a platform for their work. Since then it has continued to grow in size and scope but always defined by a rigorous selection process.

In 2012 The 62 Group celebrates its 50th anniversary with a programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year as well as the publication of ‘Radical Thread’. Edited by Prof. Lesley Millar and in full colour this book illustrates through the 62 Group membership the strength and diversity of contemporary textiles today.

The 62 Group are delighted to be showing their major summer exhibition 62@50 at Farfield Mill. The exhibition moves on from The Holden Gallery in Manchester where members will be creating new large-scale speculative work that is both wall based and sculptural. Expect to see textiles that incorporate materials such as slate, paper, wood and stainless steel as well as the more familiar printed, stitched, felted and woven constructions.

During the exhibition members of The 62 Group will be running a diverse programme of talks and workshops. Details yet to be confirmed.

‘Radical Thread’ will be on sale at the exhibition.

Frances Winder - Waterways

Sat 6 Oct - Sun 11 Nov

Coast, canal and river images are all part of the inspiration for this exhibition. From cool reflections in a peaceful pool, to the storm swept beach seascapes, paintings are in a variety of media.

Watercolour, mixed media with Gouache and Acrylic paint and even some original prints are included.

Frances Winder is inspired by colour and light; some paintings have a more abstracted interpretation, others are a reflection of the natural world.

Chris Rigby & Tracy Levine - Above and Beyond

Sat 11 Aug - Sun 30 Sept

A stunning exhibition by two Northern painters who have produced work during visits to the Scottish islands – Tracy to The Hebrides and Chris to The Shetlands – providing a real treat for landscape-lovers.

"Some of these paintings are from a month-long stay on Shetland in June 2011. Most of my favourite places were in the Hamnavoe region of the island, where I did a few expeditions sleeping out in my van. One island I honed in on in particular was Muckle Roe. From the end of the road, a two and a half mile cycle over the rough track took me to the far side, where I absorbed myself in the red cliff scenery.

Rock has for a long time fascinated me and in a number of paintings produced here, I gave myself over to it completely. These paintings are often divided quite simply into rock and sea, with a thin line of that which occurs where the two meet. I see parallels with the colour field expressionist painters such as Rothko. I am greatly interested in the American abstract expressionist painters. Specks representing sea birds that find their ideal environment on the sides of these inhospitable cliff faces inject an element of life.

Through a well-worked and hard-won surface, I am trying to get to the very essence of things."

Chris Rigby

Sarah Keast - Whale Dreamings

4 Aug - 30 Sept

Sarah is a printmaker who combines monoprint, relief printing, collagraph and screen printing techniques. Her recent work is an exploration of whales and the whaling industry and centres on themes of the sea, navigation, whaling ships and harpoons.

Although now industrialised, in the past men who went whaling faced a titanic struggle against both the whales and the elements, and many died in pursuit of whale oil. The work explores the intelligence and behaviour of whales as a species – mysterious, giant animals living out of sight beneath the waves – and the struggle of men involved in whaling.

Starting with a base of research into science of whales and the whaling industry, Sarah’s art work is an exploration of memories, emotional responses and the legacy of our relationship to whales. The whaling industry permanently changed the global population of whales and despite a long whaling ban, many species are still endangered today.

Sarah inherited her father’s cast iron, flat-bed relief press which she uses for wood block, lino, typography and monoprinting. These printing techniques are combined with contemporary screen printing processes to generate multi layered images. The relief press is sensitive enough to take a print from strands of silk or scrim allowing the texture and feel of fabric such as sail cloth to be incorporated into the final print. She also combines the printing of fabric textures and sometimes uses collage processes including fabric, bone, metal, ceramic and found objects. The final works can be prints or assemblages with talismanic or dream-like qualities.

Sarah is based in Dumfries and Galloway and has exhibited in Spring Fling (open studios) and in galleries in Scotland.



Shelley Rhodes - Fragments Left Behind

Sat 4 August - Sun 16 September

In this exhibition, Shelley looks for beauty in mundane and discarded items. She observes and records the tiniest details, marks, traces and fragments left behind after weathering and degeneration.

Her mixed media work combines paper, drawings and prints with painted and dyed fabric. She uses simple hand and machine stitches to enhance and emphasize areas, using the needle and thread as another way to make marks.

Shelley’s work is inspired by surfaces that have been affected by aging, weathering and degeneration. She is interested in the passage of time and what remains after ‘wear and tear’, manipulation and distress. Layers are revealed, traces remain and fragments left behind.

She starts by observing the tiniest detail which she records through drawing, photography, printing and collage. Marks, texture and colour are particularly important. Shelley’s mixed media work combines paper, drawings and prints with painted and dyed fabric. She incorporates found objects, pins, staples and wire. Prints are fragmented then reconstructed. Handling and manipulation soften the image and colour and break the surface down. Layers are scratched, rubbed and distressed to reveal marks beneath the surface.

She selects, rearranges and reassembles small elements to make a whole. Simple hand and machine stitches are use to join, enhance and emphasize areas. The threaded needle is used as another mark making tool.

In 2010/11 Shelley undertook a printmaking residency at the University of Cumbria as part of the AA2A scheme [artists access to art college] www.aa2a.org, where she had access to the screen printing and etching facilities.Many of the prints that she produced during this time have been used as part of this exhibition.

Shelley is a member of The Textile Study Group www.textilestudygroup.co.uk and Green Door Artists www.greendoor.org.uk.

Further information about Shelley’s work can be found at www.shelleyrhodes.co.uk

Freya Horsley - Liquid Light

Sat 30 Jun - Sun 5 Aug

'Rooted in the landscape of mountains, moors and coast, my work explores both the permanent, elemental nature of land and the more transient light and weather which keep it in constant flux. Walking in the North York Moors, Lake District and the South West provides a rich and ever changing base for drawings and paintings.

Whilst much of the work has a particular starting point, I often focus more on the experience of being in the landscape than on the geographical specifics of a site, exploring the less tangible aspects of the land — sounds, space, light, wind, weather, movement.

I record these senses as marks and notes as I walk. In the studio I work from these notes and memories, to distil a sense of place and space, responding to the painting as it evolves. The paintings are built up using layers of fluid translucent paint, in addition to more textured, physical areas, to explore this tension between permanence and change in the landscape.'

Freya Horsley



John Warren - Pit Paintings

Sat 23 June - Sun 29 July

In 1947 the then-new Coal Board took over the collieries of Britain. In 1949, fresh from Grammar School, John Warren was sent to work on the coal face at the Vane Tempest Colliery in County Durham, sunk only yards from the cliff-edge at Seaham Harbour.

The pictures in this exhibition are built around memories of those days and of coal mining in what is now an historic period, where pits have become housing estates and the men he remembers are mostly gone. Following this early start as a mining engineer, John went on to develop a career as a successful and distinguished architect, founding the Architectural and Planning Partnership and working in new-build and building conservation, including Strawberry Hill (St. Mary's College), West Dean College (Sussex) and the Naval and Military Club, St. James Square, London. In the early 1980s he worked extensively in Baghdad, restoring buildings in devastated areas of the medieval city.



Ruth Lee - Tomorrow at Daybreak

Sat 5 May - Sun 24 Jun

This exhibition is about celebrating the handmade in a digital age by taking advantage of new technologies to enhance traditional working practice, and in so doing creating a new hybrid craft relevant to the 21st century.

This new body of work sets out to explore the possibility of creating contemporary art textiles for interior spaces where handmade textile construction and surface decoration techniques are combined with digitally printed cloth in such a way that my signature style, hand worked quality and experimental approach is maintained. Originally inspired by migrating birds and much more the final pieces will be as much about my creative journey into new uncharted territory as any defined starting point. These were my initial thoughts written over a year ago to give a point of departure for some initial visual studies and colour work.

“Seeing the swallows lining up on the telegraph wires in mid-September in rural Cumbria, waiting to migrate to their winter quarters in South Africa, before returning north again the following spring was the inspiration needed to kick start this latest body of work into being. A metaphor for epic journeys, fragility and strength, vulnerability to manmade and natural dangers, survival instinct and hope: the ribbon like flight paths of these migrating birds and the ever-changing landscape patterns viewed from different perspectives are my starting points. Patterns and colours from diverse sources including knit structures and a colour story which speaks of southern Europe are a secondary influence”.

The more familiar I am becoming with digital technologies the more the work is slowly changing. It is at once an exhilarating yet frightening process of renewal and regeneration of my own creative journey.'

Ruth Lee July 2011

Saturday 5 May - 2-4pm   At the preview of 'Tomorrow at Daybreak', Ruth will be giving a gallery talk about her work and the inspiration behind her exhibition.


Textilia III - Earthly Delights

Sat 5 May - Sun 17 June

Prepare to be enchanted by Textilia III, a group of Yorkshire based textile and mixed media artists founded in 1994. The group meets monthly to exchange ideas, offer support and share new techniques in order to provide creative stimulation and promote individual artistic development.

Textilia specialises in mixed media textiles in both two and three dimensions. On show will be a diverse selection of original pictures and hangings, prints, cards, handmade books, as well as a wide variety of small items.

The purpose and philosophy of the group is to further the members’ own practice and to present contemporary textiles in all their diversity to a wider audience. Though diverse in their choice of materials and processes there are common threads of interest running through the group, which cultivate a sense of mutual interest and motivation. Together the group aims to push back the boundaries of traditional embroidery and move forward with new techniques and processes. By exhibiting, they hope to bring pleasure and stimulation to their audience and inspiration to future generations of textile artists.

As well as exhibiting regularly as a group in Yorkshire and Cumbria, some members also exhibit independently and with other groups. Some also conduct workshops and undertake individual commissions. Their website www.textilia3.co.uk has further details about individual members and their work as well as pictures of previous exhibitions.

The Coppice Association NW - 'Working Woodlands' The Story of Coppice

Sat 31 Mar - Sun 29 Apr

Howgill & Dover Galleries and throughout the Mill

The Coppice Association NW is showcasing a very exciting and interactive exhibition spanning the Easter Holidays with activities for children, demonstrations and a large display of coppice products and tools (much of which will available for purchase). 

In conjunction with this the Galleries will host a large exhibition presenting imaginative and different interpretations of trees and woodland in paintings and original prints – all part of the month-long ‘Working Woodlands’ event at Farfield Mill. Tina Balmer, Sally Bamber, Fiona Clucas, Judy Evans, Brian Fareday, Richard Foster, Martin Greenland, Eva Ullrich, Charley Whinney and Beverley White are confirmed artists thus far.

Come along and experience the natural wonders of green wood craftsmanship, learn about its place in social history and relevance in our modern world. 

The Coppice Association will also be holding free demonstrations and workshops over the length of the exhibition, vists their website for more details and timings.

The Coppice exhibition was a great success, a reminder of the wonderful work and enthusiasm it attracted can be seen in the Coppice NW's photographs, http://www.canw.woodlandrecollections.org/gallery/main.php?cmd=album&var1=farfield


Sally Bamber & Jo McGrath - The Two of Us

Sat 25 February - Sun 25 March

An exhibition by two Cumbrian artists that portrays owners and their animals, The Two of Us is also about two painters: an animal portrait painter, Jo McGrath; and a people portrait painter, Sally Bamber.

Jo creates individual portraits of animals and Sally of their owners; together, they tell the story of the relationship between animal and owner.

Both Sally and Jo will be on hand on the 25th February to chat about their work, please feel free to pop along and 'Meet the Artists'!



Christine Frost - Painting on Silk

Sat 11 Feb - Sun 25 Mar

Painting on silk requires a technique and discipline all of its own, yet it retains unpredictable qualities which make it a very exciting medium in which to work.

In her new exhibition at Farfield Mill, Christine Frost hopes to convey this excitement and the sense of fluidity and movement experienced whilst creating the pieces – which are largely inspired by forms, lines and patterns found in nature.


2012 International Feltmakers Association - The Climate is Changing!

Mon 16 Jan - Sun 25 Mar

A new touring exhibition of felt textile art organised by the International Feltmakers Association, Filz-Netzwerk e.V (Germany) and Coordinamento Tessitori (Italy) and featuring 50 artists from 12 countries.

The exhibition theme – climate change – explores the impact of human actions on the environment; one of the most pressing issues facing the world today. Climate change has implications not only for the delicate ecological balance of the planet, but also for human society and the actions we take now in our daily lives will affect both our own and our children’s future.

The work in the exhibition reflects how the individual artists view these themes, inspired perhaps by the effects of climate change in their local environment or internationally.


Jamie Barnes - Building up to Something

Rear of Cliff Terrace, Kendal
Three Houses on a Hill

Mon 16 Jan - Sun 19 Feb

Jamie works as a freelance curator throughout Cumbria. He has always been keen on drawing and after many years working with artists in art galleries, he started to develop his own line drawing style during a tour of Italy in 2007 when he started to keep a sketchbook. While working as the Curator of Keswick Museum & Art Gallery he took an evening class in Printmaking at Carlisle Art College, where he became fascinated by the aquatint etching technique. Since then he has branched out into other printmaking techniques including drypoint engraving and trace monoprinting. 

Jamie's work is principally concerned with buildings. He is particularly inspired by the Fellside area of Kendal where he lives – the style of the houses and the way they are stacked up the hill. He also produces artwork from his imagination, again inspired by Fellside, hill villages, Cumbrian castles or by the idea of city skylines transferred into the countryside.

In conjunction with his exhibitions, Jamie takes up his Artist's residency here at Farfield Mill from 6-19 Feb.  Come along to watch him working and chat about his art and techniques.

For more information, click here to visit Jamie's Flickr site



Anne Griffiths - Alice's House

Sat 19 Nov - Sun 1 Jan


Anne read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as a child and was fascinated by the detail and complexity of the characters. For her, the strongest memories of all, and those that led her to revisit the novel, were those of Tenniel’s illustrations of the curious looking child and peculiar creatures that inhabit the book.


Over the years, Alice has been drawn by such greats as Sir Arthur Rackham and Mabel Lucie Attwell but none have surpassed the original iconic images.


Reading the novel as an adult, Alice’s Wonderland is a place dominated by a multitude of doors leading to the strange houses of the White Rabbit, The Duchess or the March Hare and beautiful but inaccessible gardens.


Time in this dream world is altered. For the White Rabbit, “Oh dear, Oh dear, I shall be too late!” it shrinks, while for the Hatter it stands still. Food and drink either shrinks or stretches Alice at every encounter. It is this curious state of “inbetweenity” that allows the impossible to become believable and anything to happen. 


For this exhibition Anne was interested in taking some of the simple objects associated with everyday life combined with Carroll’s text, to remind and persuade the viewer to revisit this classic story for themselves.


edge - textile artists Scotland - edging south

Sat 12 November to Sun 1 January

We are delighted to have been invited to showcase our work at Farfield Mill. edge – textile artists Scotland prides itself on being at the fore-front of Scottish Textile Art. Our members consistently produce work which is innovative, thoughtful and made to the highest standards. Exhibitions are always well attended and we are looking forward to reaching a wider audience in Cumbria.

edging south will be an exhibition of contemporary textiles; and with techniques ranging from felt making, batik, creative stitching, mixed media, work incorporating found objects, drawing and painting with stitch, and much more, we hope to bring an exciting exhibition to Farfield Mill with something for everyone who loves fine art textiles. Our most recent exhibition in Edinburgh entitled Starting Points received much praise, and prior to that we held an exhibition at the Quilt Museum in York, where the comments ranged from ‘Superb – technically skilled and beautiful’; ‘This is one of the best exhibitions I have visited in 30 years!  to …’a superb rich visual feast;’ ‘What amazing work, I am inspired…..’.


Read Threads - Emerging Talent 2011

Sat 24 Sept to Sun 13 Nov

Following their successful month long residency at Farfield Mill in May 2011 the pair have developed site specific work as a response to the hidden aspects of the working heritage of Farfield Mill. This work will be exhibited around the mill building alongside the exhibition in the Dover and 2K Galleries of work from their MA degree show and other new work inspired by visits to shops and other business premises in Sedbergh. The Read Threads residency and exhibition at Farfield Mill are supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Karen Griffiths and Stella Adams-Schofield are the Read Threads, an exhibiting and research collaboration formed to continue the supportive critical friendship they had developed during their MA studies. Graduating, each with an MA (dist) in Contemporary Applied Art, in September 2010, both artists share an interest in textile heritage and use traditional textile craft practice to explore contemporary craft issues.

Reveal - Unfolding Stories

Sat 24 Sept to Sun 6 Nov

'Reveal is a group of six experienced contemporary mixed media artists. We share a continuing interest in textile and stitch, and are also inspired by new ways of developing work, using different mediums for expressing ideas. Textile construction, machine and hand stitch are evident in much of our work, along with exuberant sketchbooks, fine drawings and work with acrylic sheet, wire, paper, wax and collage.

'Unfolding Stories’ reflects our personal journeys, often based on everyday life and experience. This exhibition offers a fascinating glimpse into the lifelong passions and interests that fuel our individual artwork. Working with this uniting theme, we have chosen diverse media to interpret and visually discuss personal meanings, understandings and responses to life as they unfold for each of us. For after all, we are all stories in the end...'

Two artists from the group are giving a demonstration of their work on Sunday 28 August on Level 4 of the Mill.  Come along and see first-hand some of the the skill and techniques used by Kerry Mosley and Jennie Merriman to create this stunning exhibition.

On Saturday 24 September five members of the group are present in the Howgill Gallery for a 'Meet the Artist' day.  A great opportunity to discuss and learn about the talents and inspiration behind the wonderful exhibits on show.  All welcome.


Annie Harrison - (un)covering

Sat 23 Jul - Sun 18 Sept

Annie Harrison gave up her job in community health to study art, and graduated with a degree in Embroidery from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009. However, her work is not only textile-based.

She makes installations, objects, drawings and paintings, photographs and film on the theme of history and memory. Her work is often inspired by particular places. For the last few years she has created work about the urban environment in Manchester where she lives, most recently, a limited edition artists book about the history of Cow Lane, Salford. In 2010, her work was shown at Platt Hall Costume Gallery, the Stroud International Textile Festival, the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show, and her artists book was selected for the Latitude Exhibition in Manchester. She is currently collaborating with Jacqueline Wylie and Jude Macpherson on 'Placed', an exhibition about the Hulme district of Manchester.

'For this piece of work, I am venturing out of the city. I will be creating an installation which responds to the visible landscape around Farfield Mill, as well as the invisible landscape made up of the people who lived and worked in and around this place.'


Katharine Holmes & Pip Seymour - A Splinter Struck Off Winskill Rock

Sat 23 Jul - Sun 18 Sept

The paintings Katharine will be exhibiting at Farfield Mill, alongside those of Pip Seymour with whom she shares a Yorkshire background and commitment to landscape and painting, are all concerned with the landscapes of her native Yorkshire Dales.

Made over the last couple of years the paintings reflect her ongoing emotional engagement with the place in which she lives and works and has known since childhood. In responding to intimately known places the paintings capture the weather and feeling of being in these places. Fascinated by the effects of light the paintings are as much about atmosphere as they are about the physical features of the landscape.

Working in a range of media from ink, watercolour and gouache on paper to oil or acrylic on canvas the intensively worked and layered surfaces of the paintings are an equivalent to the landscape and the forces which have shaped it. In the words of Norman Adams, RA, RWS who taught Katharine at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne “It is not so much that Katharine Holmes makes statements about her native landscape as that she is constantly questioning and trying to discover its essence. Then she tries to fuse her materials to her subject-matter, by means of emotional understanding, and they become one.

Pip's work stems from experience within the landscape: the starting point for the new work has been the re-discovery of this landscape and his place within it. The current paintings evoke a spirit of place: a painterly echo of the rocky river landscape along the banks of the Ribble.

The last year has been spent high on the flanks of Penyghent: a wild, savage place - the painter's response has become a series of layered landscapes, imbued with scudded and jagged paint formations that mirror the explored terrain. Sometimes delving deep underground - at other times skipping higher into the fresh spring air with the Lark

John Cooke - Recent Paintings and Drawings

Sat 30 Jul to Sun 18 Sept

John Cooke`s drawings and paintings are the result of firstly, seeing the subject and secondly maintaining the integrity of the medium. In the first case it is mostly an effect of light, natural or artificial, which moves him to begin work, rather than the object itself. Once working it is then the calligraphy of the brush, pen, or pencil that he tries to develop. This quality is at least as important to him as the subject he is depicting.

John has been making visual images since he could hold a crayon. After an inauspicious schooling and a short spell in engineering he was called up for National Service and while in the Air Force decided to make a career of his talent. He began attending classes at the nearest Art School to where he happened to be stationed. On Demob he enrolled at Stoke-on-Trent College of Art and, after five years of study, was awarded the National Diploma in Design in Painting. While teaching he began to try to get his work published in the belief that more people would see this work than would attend his exhibitions.

After several commissions from The National Savings Department, Shell, London Transport and various publishers he decided to leave his teaching post in Suffolk and move north to the hills he loves, in order to paint full-time. Since then he has had work shown as far afield as California and Dubai, has exhibited at numerous London and Provincial galleries and has an annual London one-man show each February.

His work is in the permanent collections of Stoke-on-Trent City Art Gallery and the Museum and Art Gallery in St.Peter Port, Guernsey and is represented by the International Bridgeman Art Library.


Hilary Sussum - Exploring Space

Sat 4 Jun to Sun 24 Jul

'My aim is to make the substance of paper pulp as versatile as any other natural material used to creatively express my ideas in a two or three-dimensional form.

My instinct is to find expression within the mood of the objects that surround me.

My observational and technical facilities reach out to transmit what I see.

At this time, it is to combine paper with thin metal sheeting and rods, exploring the qualities of matt and shine surfaces. These expressive and increasingly experimental pieces are symptomatic of my timeless quest for balance and equilibrium.'

Hilary Sussum


Dionne Swift - New Grounds

Sat 11 Jun to Sun 17 Jul

Within this exciting body of new work, Dionne Swift offers a tactile response to the way we are; exploring a personal realisation that we all have a different point of view.

Delicate cloth and stitch are complemented by traditional print making processes. Pleats, cuts, folds and slashes create distortions of image and protective layers of felt shelter the viewer from sharp fabric edges.

This work celebrates the qualities that make us unique.


Dena Ashbolt - Drawing Life (line drawings and video installation)

Sat 11 Jun to Sun 17 Jul

Dena Ashbolt’s video drawings are created from an assemblage of moving images of a scene, stitched together to recreate a multifaceted and panoramic vision of the space. The sound and image with its repetitive looping, create a rhythmic ambiance calling us into stillness. Each video drawing has its own feel and rhythm using the hustle and bustle of everyday situations to cradle us into a cadenced meditation of observation. Born in England, Dena Ashbolt is a contemporary artist living and working in Australia.

Dena will be giving an interactive talk at 2pm on Saturday 11 June. If you'd like to attend, please contact Sara to book a seat, email admin@farfieldmill.org or call 015396 21958 ext 204.  No admission charge to the talk but we need to know the number of people expected to attend.

Annie Coxey - Family Ties

Sat 9 Apr - Sun 5 Jun 

After years working as a nurse, Annie went back to education and studied for a Fine Art Degree at Cheltenham School of Art, finishing in 2003. Since then, she has juggled the usual issues of work, motherhood and developing her painting. Her work has developed from an interest in layering images, resin, wax, paint and felt and a balance within the work between a 'happy accident' and taking control.

Recently after discovering a stash of intriguing glass photographic plates from the 1920s amongst her Great Aunt's belongings after her death, Annie has started to develop a series of paintings based around these fascinating images – the result is something both contemporary and other-worldly.


Jonathan Trotman & Alison Critchlow - Landscape Expressions

Saturday 16 Apr to Sun 5 Jun

This exhibition brings together recent paintings by Jonathan Trotman and Alison Critchlow. From the Cumbrian Fells to the Arctic Circle these pictures are all inspired by the natural world. Both artists studied fine art at Falmouth School of Art where their love of paint, colour and the landscape blossomed. This brought them both, after a couple of years in Scotland, to settle in Cumbria, drawn by the mountains, lakes and scenery. They have now lived and worked in the north lakes for the last 16 years and have exhibited widely in Cumbria and further afield. Both contributed pictures to the Card Art exhibition at Farfield Mill in 2009 and as a result found this wonderful exhibition space.

Alison’s paintings have been inspired by a recent trip to Greenland and offer a glimpse of the sheer beauty to be found there. The ice, glaciers, the vastness, the peace. Showing the resulting paintings together gives an idea of the incredible experience of visiting arctic Greenland. There are some larger canvases, needed to show the scale and majesty of the place and some smaller more intimate pictures.

Jonathan’s paintings are all inspired by walking the hills closer to home. They capture the drama of the high fells, and transfer the energy and excitement of being high up into paint. Always with an eye to dramatic light, these pictures revel in the use of paint. Autumn colours predominate, they are always inspiring, and the shadows cast are long. The stone walls and rocks can also play their part as they bind together the paintings just as they play an important role in the Cumbrian landscape.


The Poetry of the Painted Image - Peter Sarginson & Barry Lee

Sat 9 April to Mon 30 May

The patterns of shifting sands, the ebb and flow of the waves, the light reflecting off the wet beach and the patterns made by salty foam – such fleeting elements he pinpoints in numerous photographs and drawings made on the spot; together they recombine in the artist’s imagination then simplified and pared away to form paintings that communicate the spiritual essence of the sea and beach.

When Peter Sarginson returned to his native Yorkshire in 1995, after a very busy and successful career in Art Education, his old obsessions with the sea, the tides and the water’s edge reclaimed him and determined the direction his subsequent painting would take. From his large canvases a great sense of calm emanates, yet they are the product of meticulous planning and rigorous observation.

Barry Lee trained in early 1950s, King’s College, Newcastle. He subsequently taught Art, also Further and Higher Education as a painter and visiting lecturer in Life-studies (drawing). Lee withdrew from active painting due to physical disability, has now returned with renewed vigour.

"The themes that I draw upon are, in the main, landscape in form and attempt to resolve the aspects of light and texture that are present there. I find I am increasingly concerned with the surface of paintings and the tactile possibilities that occur on that plane and the curious ambivalence that exists between seeing and feeling. I offer no further explanation of my work, other than that my fascination with this apparent dichotomy remains an enduring challenge… searching always for ‘the Poetry in the Painting."

 Barry lee 2011

What you said:

"Mesmerising seascapes - evocative and technically superb. Wish we were rich"  John & Isobel Allinson, Reading

"Fantastic work Barry Lee"  Angela, Robyn, Heather & Rebecca, Sedbergh

"Splendid"  John & Judith Warren

Sarah Jordan - Reflections

Sat 5 Feb - Sun 10 Apr

The craggy rock pools and sea life provide an endless source of inspiration. Creating a balance within the work is integral, embellishing and manipulating the surface, investigating a materials potential and aiming to challenge how textiles are viewed are all important components of the work.

Questioning what is considered a fabric and then using that to create an aesthetic piece of artwork is an exciting process, colour plays a vital role as does a quirky and playful element. I enjoy a mixed media approach that incorporates handmade shabori felt, wire combined with stitch and rich seductive fabrics. Presentation of these unique organic works is important and the handmade box frames are created to provide a uniformity that brings an eclectic mix of original work together so they're able to sit comfortably within a domestic interior.

I have had individual exhibitions and taken part in group shows including New Designers, Artisans, The Textile Showcase and The British Craft Trade Fair, where I was given the Award for Innovation. Previous awards at others shows include Technical Excellence and Surface Texture. I have been commissioned by VV Rouleux and had articles in Options, Workbox, Stitch, and Craft&Design. I have work in private collections and have recently become part of a group called 'The Workshop' with other exhibiting textile artists.”

Sarah Jordan, Nov 2010


Rebecca Payn - Recent Paintings and Prints

Sat 5 Feb - Sun 3 Apr

"As a painter and printmaker I use oil paint, stone lithography, photo-lithography and digital print. Sometimes I bring these media together into the same picture, combining the fluid and wonderfully expressive possibilities of oil paint with a more graphic imagery achieved through printmaking. 

The focus of my work might vary – recently I have been looking at the Cumbrian landscape, a butterfly house and figures in boats and on quaysides – but in each picture I try to create a resonance between imagery and marks or accents of paint."

Rebecca Payn   September 2010




Sat Feb 5 - Sun 3 April

Over the last 18 months, 32 disparate makers from various backgrounds in craft, art and design, have formed 18 cross-disciplinary partnerships (or ‘pairings’) and in the process have had to engage with new technologies and techniques that are unfamiliar and sometimes unlikely. These marriages of materials, practices and creative identities has given birth to work and ideas that have redefined the nature of the object and of craft.

Claire Curneen, Ismini Samanidou, David Gates, Alice Kettle and Stephen Dixon are among the 32 contributors who combined traditional and new practices in and across clay, glass, textiles, metal, wood, paper, digital and film media, and computerised manufacturing technology.

This exhibition aims to display and interpret the processes and document the ‘conversations’, as sketches, tests and experiments, as well as finished outcomes; to show intriguing new objects that challenge our notions of creative identity and ownership; and to be a starting point and site for the second phase of activity, where the exhibition itself becomes a discussion between all the makers, and between the makers and the audience.

At Farfield Mill, the exhibition includes a piece/s created through a collaboration between glass-maker Kirsteen Aubrey and the Mill’s own weaving demonstrators, Weaving Friends.


Images of India - from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal

27 November to 3 January

Laura Rosenzweig

Textiles collected by Farfield Resident artist and weaver Laura Rosenzweig during her travels to India, alongside wonderful images selected from over 1,000 that she has taken in India. Laura’s most recent tour in November 2009 had a craft and textile focus, so she mostly visited places where she could observe people producing crafts, all by hand -- such as Tibetan carpet weaving at the Refugee Self-Help Centre in Darjeeling; ikat weaving, cire-perdue metal casting; palm-leaf etching and pattachitra painting in various villages in Orissa; Kantha cloth quilting and embroidery in Calcutta.

Frost and Fire

20 November to 3 January

Blue Tarn

Blue Tarn is a group of women artists living in Cumbria who formed as part of the Rural Womens’ network initiative – part of Voluntary Action Cumbria – in 2002, to provide support and networking for women artists across the county. They first exhibited in 2004, under the name 'Daisy Chain', at the Percy House Gallery in Cockermouth and have since exhibited widely throughout the county. The current members work in a wide variety of media, including many textile techniques, glass, drawing, painting, photography and ceramics.

Talking Textiles

20 November to 3 January

E.A.S.T. (East Anglian Stitch Textiles)

If you saw this superb textile group's show at last year's Knitting & Stitching Show, you'll know that you've a real treat in store when you visit Farfield Mill to see their latest work.

EAST was formed in 1995 in response to a demand for a self-supporting framework for local artists in the southern half of East Anglia. The members come from a range of backgrounds, but all have in common the commitment to the continued development of textile work, its recognition and its full participation in the established art scene.


The individual style of each member is as distinctive as the varied themes, which range from ideas born out of foreign travel, local and historical research, or more personal reflections questioning identity and faith. Each artist develops her own ideas through careful and considered design work coupled with expertise and skill. Current members of the group are:


Melinda Berkovitz

Janette Bright

Susan Canfield

June Carroll

Diana Christopher

Carol Dixon

Liz Hammond

Tricia North

Anne Norton

Delia Pusey

Lorna Rand

Libby Smith

Margaret Talbot

Julie Topsfield


Look out for an article on 'Talking Textiles' in the December/January issue of Workbox magazine, published 21 October 2010. For more information go to www.ebony.co.uk/workbox/


Past Lives

October to November 2010

Maria Walker

Textile artist Maria Walker explored the past lives of objects and garments through a combination of drawings, textiles and mixed media. By looking at the meaning of these objects, Maria brought to life the memories they evoke through her work.

Lines of Healing Light

October to November 2010

Delcia McNeil

A group of six paintings, some of which depict aspects of the ageing process and link wrinkles with abstract forms. Rather than wrinkles being viewed as negative, Delcia wants us to celebrate them as a process of creative expression. The work also signified a healing theme – a way in which lines and texture can lead us through to another dimension, a land or mindscape in which we can be still and connected with something much greater than ourselves.


September to November 2010

Cas Holmes

A research trip to India allowed Cas to explore new avenues for her work. She became immersed in exotic images, colours and landscapes totally alien to her upbringing and experience, yet in her childhood she remembered similar colours in the surroundings of her grandmother’s home. The resulting work explored the cultural links between Indian art and decoration and those of her own Romany heritage, making a link between that experience and her own interest through the use of colour, pattern and image. Found materials gathered in India were combined with donated waste silks, fabric and paper from the UK, and re-assembled into large wall hangings.


September to November 2010

Alice Kettle and Stephen Dixon

Alice Kettle's recent embroidery combines sensitivity with scale. Her keenly anticipated new exhibition reflected an abiding interest in the way that narrative can be expressed through the medium of machine-worked embroidery, both in large wall hangings and in a series of private and symbolic three-dimensional works, using a restrained monochrome palette as well as more vibrant colours. It is in this work that the theme of allegory was explicitly presented. 

Alice's recent interest in working in partnership with other artists was also revealed in the exhibition, with the presentation of collaborative pieces with the potter Stephen Dixon, her colleague at Manchester Metropolitan University.

This was a Crafts Study Centre touring exhibition.

The Limitation Makes the Craft?

October to November 2010

Maggie Berkowitz & Friends


An exhibition celebrating the infinite variety of material and practice in ceramics, featuring the work of Maggie Angus Berkowitz, Angie Mitchell, Halima Cassell, James Hake, Jan Scott, Richard Godfrey, Alvin F. Irving, Rebecca Callis and Shozo Michikawa.

“I am quite often told I am not a potter. Being quite confident as to the established place for tiles in ceramic history, I take pleasure in the infinite variety of material and practice in other potters’ work.” Maggie Angus Berkowitz

Travelling Lines: Drawings on Cloth or Paper

August to October 2010

Jeanette Appleton

Jeanette was ‘in residence’ in the Bainside Studio on Level 4 from 8 to 22 August, during which she ran two, 2-day workshops, and made some of the work on display, adding this to the work she produced during her first residency two years ago. The result was an exhibition of contrasting work, some picking up on the contours of the Howgills, the fells surrounging Farfield Mill, and some from the landscape where she lives for most of the year, in the Alpujarras in Spain.

Emerging Talent 2010

September to October 2010

Fashion and embroidery graduates from Manchester Metropolitan University

Following the success of last year's Emerging Talent exhibition, featuring work by BA graduates from the Contemporary Applied Arts course at the University of Cumbria, this was the second in the series, highlighting the newest, freshest artists to come out of our regional universities.

Exhibitors had all recently graduated with a BA in Fashion or Embroidery and included fashion designers Emma Murphy, Penny Armstrong, Caroline Meade, Laura Thomas and Amna Talat - and paper-cut artist Martha Coates.

What you said:

  • "Very exciting talent - wonderful use of different fabrics and textiles." Marie Stanley, Godmanchester, Hampshire
  • "Magical inspiration." Hazel Douglas, Bedlington, Northumberland
  • "What talented young people. Go and make the world a better place!"
  • P Litherland, Freshfield, Merseyside

Watercolour Skies: the Dales and Fells Collection

July to September 2010

Alan Ingham (1932 - 2002)

This exhibition gave visitors the first opportunity in over 10 years to view a collection of original artworks by this acclaimed watercolour artist. It featured around 30 works – both originals and prints – from Alan's 'Fells and Dales Collection', including numerous well-known scenes and landscapes from the Cumbrian fells and Yorkshire Dales.

Alan Ingham was one of Britain's most acclaimed artists of his time and is best remembered for his detailed watercolours depicting Britain's rich rural heritage and varied country life across changing landscapes and seasons. He drew much of his inspiration from the Lake District, and from his native Yorkshire Dales, as well as the Cotswolds where he eventually settled with his wife Rose after a long and distinguished career as an officer in the Royal Navy. Since his death in 2002, Alan's widow Rose and family have been asked on numerous occasions to show his work in some way. In appreciation of the many people who followed and still value his rare talent, the family have decided to embark on a series of exhibitions and an updated website.

"This is a way of keeping Alan’s work available to everyone to enjoy in a way we hope Alan would have liked. Alan's widow, Rose, and the rest of the family are proud that Sedbergh, in the heart of the Dales and Fells region – and an area Alan knew and loved – was chosen as the venue for the re-launch of his work.” Nick Mole (a member of the family)

Alan Ingham was a prolific artist and produced over 1,400 outstanding works as well as a number of books. In 2005, he was voted the 3rd most popular artist behind only Sir Russell Flint. His work has been exhibited in many prestigious venues and galleries nationwide including Harrods in London’s Knightsbridge. The title of the exhibition, 'Watercolour Skies', is a name derived from his extremely popular book, 'Under A Watercolour Sky', published in 1995, and which so aptly describes his work.

Prints are still available for sale through Farfield Mill; originals can be viewed and purchased via www.alaningham.co.uk or by contacting watercolourskies@btinternet.com.

Wildlife of the Dales

July & August 2010

Simon Phillpotts

Simon is a wildlife photographer who lives and works within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The National Park is a beautiful and unique location, but the scale of the landscape means that the wildlife of the Dales is often overlooked. Simon’s work depicts the wide range of habitats and species the area contains. All images captured are from animals living free in the wild.

Wild Dales Photography www.wilddales.co.uk


July & August 2010

Norah Ball

Inspired by wrapped objects and their links to faraway places, Norah Ball explored woven and mixed-media techniques to capture her thoughts and ideas in this, her first solo exhibition. 

“I prefer to experiment with a fusion of techniques and finished pieces may combine weave, print, felt and stitch, and occasionally stray into the use of other media too. Reflections, shadows and travel have a strong influence on my work, drawing on the natural and built environment as well as social and cultural issues. They can express the form and function of natural and man-made features, the interplay between them, and man's place in the scheme of things. My approach to creating a new piece varies. Often my hoard of photographs sparks an idea. Sometimes there is a site specific requirement. Recent work has evolved from a decision to try and recycle materials, including perhaps discarded fabrics or newsprint and magazines.  My exhibition pieces for Farfield Mill are all new work, with weave and print techniques predominating.” Norah Ball

What you said:

  • "A beautiful exhibition - thoughtful and tranquil." Kate Horner, Carnforth
  • "Loved it - it will inspire my Art A-level project!" Laura Oliver, Darlington
  • "A wonderful exhibition - beautiful colourways and innovative weaving." Neil and Pauline Porter, Preston

Trees in the Park

June to July 2010

Turning Point

Following the exhibition of their Rainbow Collection in the Stairwell at Farfield Mill in the Spring, this was another opportunity to study and admire the craftsmanship of this renowned quilting group from Scotland.

‘The Celtic Wisdom of Trees’ by Jane Gifford was the inspiration for Turning Point's collection of hangings, Trees in the Park - a beautiful book full of stunning photographs looking at the beliefs of an ancient people.

"There was great excitement as we studied the Celtic Tree Calendar to see which tree we were born under. Some people were happy to work with their birth tree while others had various reasons for choosing another tree." Liz Ferguson

What you said:

  • "Stunning and beautifully executed." Heather Randall, LA6
  • "Love the different themes and the way they are interpreted." Christina Sudlow, Kendal
  • "Reminded us of times spent in the Highlands." L & J Woods, Millness, Cumbria
  • "Outstanding skill" C & K Nash, Warrington, Cheshire

Helen and Friends: a celebration of figurative work and the models involved

May to July 2010

Michael Jenkins

The naked female has been depicted since the beginnings of art 40,000 years ago. The effort to capture the beauty of the nude form is the most demanding challenge the artist faces; a journey to capture the essence - even the soul - of the model is seen by many artists as a struggle without end. In this celebration of figurative art, the model became the centre of the work within the studio. 

"I enjoy all aspects of art and consider making art an extraordinary journey of discovery - the translation from eye to hand a gift, and a magical experience. Latterly I have concentrated on figurative work, and see the human form as landscape and landscape as the human form. I find colour, composition and pattern compelling." Michael Jenkins


What you said:

  • "Lovely, bright, airy, sensuous. Makes me want to take up the art again." Luc Greenwood, Nottingham
  • "Really moving somehow." Jane Watson, Kendal
  • "Brilliant exhibition; some wonderful work. A fabulous gift you have." Michael O'Donnal, Oxfordshire
  • "Nice to see real art - skill, talent, dedication." Pete Jackson, Durham
  • "Wonderful - women are beautiful." Hilary Atkinson, Kendal

Angels of the Garden

May to July 2010

Annette Toland

Annette aims to capture the beauty of real flowers in her paintings with vivid colours and overlapping shapes creating new shapes in the process and giving a challenge for the eye. Amidst the chaos of movement is the calm, clear and tranquil face of an angel, her hair interweaving and caressing the colours.

Sunny Days and Still Nights

May to July 2010

Susan Lincoln

Susan paints from her imagination and this exhibition of her landscapes, buildings and gardens illustrated the 'other-worldliness' of her style - both charming and escapist.

“For more than 20 years, I have felt compelled to create art; I choose to live and work in isolation – to keep my mind free. I paint from my imagination; for me, it is the touchstone to explore an inner world of feelings and dreams.” Susan Lincoln

What you said:

  • "Beautiful! These make me smile - if I won the lotto, I would buy them all." Claire Stockwell, Heysham
  • "Encapsulates the feel good factor." W Jenkinson, Loweswater
  • "Such original and striking ideas. Beautiful use of colour and configuration." H Doyle, Cautley

Lost and Found Again

May & June 2010

Josie Beszant

Josie takes a group of unrelated objects - an old map, a chipped china doll's head, a sepia photograph, a page of a will, a torn envelope - and weaves from them a story, an allusion to a legend, a window into a life. The old photographs often found in her work are donated to her or found in junk shops or car boots with no names or histories attached, they are forgotten people. This exhibition brought those lost people together and found stories for them. Her miniature fictions are moving, hilarious, tragic, insightful. To look into one of her creations is to see into the imagination of a storyteller.

Josie has exhibited in joint and solo exhibitions for the last 20 years, mainly across the north of England. Her work has also been seen on greeting cards, as illustrations in linguistics books and in print. She lives, in Masham, North Yorkshire where she also runs The Gallery.

What you said:

  • "So inspiring! Witty, thought-provoking, yet visually stimulating." D Chamberlain, Kendal
  • "So creative and innovative. An inspiring insight into the power of lateral thinking." Chris & Leslie Hutchinson, Perth, WA, Australia
  • "Beautiful items interestingly put together." Josie Bassett, Canterbury, Kent
  • "Weaving stories about unknowns - poignant, like reading ancient graveyard headstones - makes you wonder! And want to know more." Ann Marie Foster, Kendal

From Wood to Print

Stiil Life with Spots - Beverley White

May & June 2010

Beverley White (www.thebeachhutgallery.co.uk)

Stunning prints produced from wood engravings and wood cuts, where the use of fine tools enables printmaker Beverley to create texture and bring in light to her work. Beverley came in to Farfield Mill to demonstrate printmaking from wood cuts in the Dover Gallery on Saturday 22 May, following Sue David's illustrated talk, Pulling a Print: a Personal Approach.

Beverley’s prints were complemented by wooden furniture, beautifully designed and produced by Peter Toaig (www.toaig.com).

“Every time you cut into a piece of wood you create two new surfaces that have never been seen before. The grain pattern of each is a mirror image of the other. Opening the pieces out is like unwrapping a gift, a thrilling moment of revelation. I imagine the moment the block is removed from the first print must be a similar thrill.” Peter Toaig

Peter's work is now on sale in the Retail Gallery.

What you said:

  • "Beautiful fine engravings - and I loved the batwing cabinet." Jane Panton, Yealand Conyers
  • "Lovely to find a show of fine engravings and wood." L Saunders, Ravenstonedale
  • "Exquisite boxes - real craft!" S May, Aberdeen
  • "The batwing cabinet is stunningly beautiful - as it all is." P Kane, Cautley
  • "Love the woodcuts. You should put them into a book." V Booth, Teddington
  • "Lovely sense of design - beautiful work - a modern twist on an old medium." Lyn Pyatt, Preston

The Rainbow Collection

March to May

Turning Point

This was a rare chance to see exquisite work by a popular textile group from Scotland. The starting point for this collection of hangings was the colours of the rainbow; as with all of their collections, the group worked to a specified size so that the finished pieces looked great hanging together. 


Green Door Sprung Open

March to May

Green Door Studios

Thirty seven artists from this established and well-respected collective produced fresh and dynamic new work in a variety of media, all based around the theme of 'green, environmental and sustainable'.

What you said:

  • "Absolutely wonderful!" Tim Farron MP, Milnthorpe
  • "A wonderful variety - wish I could buy it all!" David & Ian, Morecambe
  • "An interesting and varied exhibition." Jil Rouse, Garstang, Lancashire

Green Door Studios is a group of practicing, independent contemporary artists based in Kendal, with a membership drawn from South Lakeland and the surrounding areas. In addition to providing professional development opportunities for its members, Green Door manages studio spaces for a number of its artists. Following a fire at its Highgate Kendal offices last February, when a number of artists lost a lifetime's work and art materials, the group is due to move into new premises at Ruby Mill, Mealbank, just north of Kendal, this August. Green Door Rising is the fund set up by the group for donations towards supporting the affected artists - visit www.greendoorstudios.co.uk.

Landscapes, Townscapes and Still Life

March & April

Robin Haywood

A series of landscape paintings around the Yorkshire Dales and town scenes of Kirkby Stephen, plus a few still-life paintings of flowers - the whole work illustrating graphically the development of this young self-taught painter.

What you said:

  • "Exquisite work - stunning. Enjoy your abilities and talents." A Wevin, Minnesota, USA
  • "There's a lovely fresh quality to your work." D Evans, Sedbergh
  • "Beautiful use of colour and real evocation of place." Elizabeth Robert, Lancaster

Out of the Rag Bag

February & April 2010

Lunesdale Rug Makers

A stimulating display of contemporary, vibrant and colourful hand-made rugs and wall hangings, created using recycled fabrics and a variety of different techniques.

What you said:

  • "Recycling at its very best!" Ann Russell, Sedbergh
  • "Rekindles my interest in art and design." Pauline Hepher, Coylton, Ayr, Scotland
  • "Inspiring!" Jocelyn Chambers, Alston, Cumbria
  • "Fabulous!" Daphne Thomson, Sedbergh School (New Zealander)

The group meets monthly in Kirkby Lonsdale and demonstrates twice monthly at Farfield Mill to share, keep alive and promote these traditional methods of rug making.

Land Marks

March & April 2010

Lynne Stein

Lynne’s recent work acknowledges both the human connection with land, landscape, and topography, and references to these themes within stories, beliefs and mythologies. She engages with this relationship and its motifs in terms of their impact upon one’s inner and outer journey through life. Often using simple methods, and materials which have sometimes been reclaimed and recycled, the process of constructing and transformating surface from that which might otherwise have been discarded, is integral to her artistic practice.

"In the present economic climate, interest in craft and the appeal of artisanal expertise has accelerated; there is an increasing distaste for mass-production, with everything it represents. My pieces, which vary in scale, combine intricate hand-making with a range of mechanical processes. With their highly tactile, painterly surfaces, they celebrate the processes by which they have been produced, each piece proudly displaying the scars of its formation." Lynne Stein

What you said:

  • "Really inspiring exhibition. I'm a felt maker and it's lovely to see so many new ideas. Beautiful work and use of colour." Ailish Henderson, Newcastle
  • "Inspiring, skilled, creative, imaginative." Mary Harknell, Crosthwaite
  • "Returning home inspired and fired up!" Eileen Scholes, Kirby Lonsdale

Behind the Seams

January to March 2010


An insight into six major UK fashion and textile employers, presented by Skillfast-UK, the Sector Skills Council for Fashion & Textiles. The exhibition showcases Jasper Conran, Mulberry, Trickers (shoes), Henry Poole (Savile Row), A W Hainsworths (textiles) and Johnstons Cashmere - and reveals the people and the processes behind these industry giants.

What you said:

  • "Exceptionally interesting - very different and informative." Avril & Mick Priestly, Sedbergh
  • "Luxury items, but long may they continue and the craftspeople behind them." David & Hilary Silk, LA8
  • "So interesting to see real craft marketing. Well done!" Helen & Amelia, Cautley

An interesting connection between this exhibition and Farfield Mill is that our weekend weaving technician, David McDowell, who produces rugs and throws on our two Dobcross looms at the weekend, works at A W Hainsworths during the week.

Cutting Poetry in Paper

January & February 2010

Amy Williams

Amy showcased her new paper cuts – intricate designs individually cut with a scalpel into paper – in which she explores the mysterious inner and outer worlds inspired by myths and fairytales.


Farfield Mill Through a Pinhole

January & February 2010

Graham Whitwham, Rob Bridson and Tom Whitehead

A series of 'pinhole camera' images of the Mill - exteriors, interiors and artefacts - made by three Cumbrian photographers who worked across Farfield Mill for six months during 2009. The work presented a different and at times, intimate, interpretation of this characterful building and its contents - and showed how pinhole camera photography can be both creative and technically challenging.

What you said:

  • "Fascinating - well done!" C Brown, Dent
  • "Congratulations! Great idea." B Stalker, Sandside
  • "That's what I call photography." P & V Marshall, Low Bentham
  • "Very evocative; the age of the technique suits the age of the Mill." A Hunter, Grange

Bauhaus Bricks

September 2009 to January 2010

Christine Dawson

An installation of 90 bricks wrapped in individually produced knitted jackets, as part of the Bauhaus celebration, '90 Years, 90 Days'. Both touching and fun, this thoughtful piece provoked a good deal of comment and amusement.





December 2009 & January 2010

Weaving Friends

Beautiful woven textiles - including scarves, cushion covers, rugs and table runners and many of them made on Farfield Mill's collection of floor and table looms - by the Mill’s own weaving demonstrators.

You can now buy work made on the looms by Weaving Friends in the Retail Gallery on Level 4.

Recent Paintings

November 2009 to January 2010

Tracy Levine

Large scale paintings by this Arside-based painter and printmaker.


Textilia III Presents...

November & December 2009

Textilia III

Sumptuous, original and highlyl crafted textiles by this well-established and innovative northern group, who returned to Farfield Mill for the third time.

Christmas Recollections

November & December 2009

Textile 21

A welcome return for this north-west based textile and mixed-media group, who brought a selection of mainly new work, including lots of Christmas goodies!

What you said:

  • "Excelent, thoughtful and provoking." David Wood, Lancaster
  • "Simply lovely." R Gardener, Oakdene, Sedbergh
  • "Unique and and uplifting work." Karen Lucas, Wensleydale

Card Art

Various artists

The Friends of Farfield Mill organised this fundraising exhibition of original and unique artworks by acclaimed artists, celebrities and supporters of Farfield Mill. Over three hundred and fifty artists from around the region and beyond donated A5-sized artworks in a variety of media - paintings, drawings, textiles, cartoons, sketches, photographs - and the exhibition kicked off with an auction night. All work was signed on the back, but the artist remained anonymous until after the work had been sold and passed to the buyer.

What you said:

  • "A great idea with great examples of artwork." S Crompton, Accrington
  • "Stunning!" S Halsfield, Stockefield

Four Printmakers and a Potter

October & November 2009

Sue David, Richard Foster, Steph Jamieson, Glenn Tomkinson and Simon Wood

Sue David, Richard Foster, Glenn Tomkinson and Simon Wood are four very different printmakers; but all choose printmaking as their means of artistic expression. The work in this exhibition had been produced by hand by the artists themselves. Each print was an individual work of art – not be confused with ‘limited edition prints’. Steph Jamieson’s ceramics, with their stone-like forms, complemented the feel and look of these prints. Her work completed this show of northern creativity, continuing Farfield Mill’s tradition of showcasing the best local artistic talent across all art-forms.

What you said:

  • "Simple and evocative!!" B Partis, Daventry
  • "Thoughtful and well-curated exhibition." Bea & Izzy, Howgill
  • "Georgeous print work and beautiful ceramics." A Chemy, Banbury
  • "It shows wildlife in a different sense; it makes it look like a fairytale." T Redferen, Kent

Emerging Talent 2009

September & October 2009

Daniel Evans, Charlotte Elizabeth Handley, Jan Hicks, Amanda Mercer, Charlotte Morrison, Lizzie Searle and Agnis Smallwood

From cutting edge furniture and ceramics to bold new directions in woven, felted and embroidered textiles, Emerging Talent 2009 presented the creative crème de la crème of newly-graduated designer makers from the University of Cumbria’s BA in Contemporary Applied Arts.

Daniel Evans’ cabinets and tables are reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts Movement, with their attention to detail and use of hardwood; Charlotte Elizabeth Handley also pays attention to detail in her beautiful ruffs and collars, bringing a past style of dress bang up to date; Jan Hicks takes luxurious threads and produces wraps and scarves in both luminous and natural colours; Amanda Mercer shows an extraordinary imagination in her delicate birds’ nests, cradling porcelain eggs; Charlotte Morrison’s almost paper-thin ceramics mix colour with texture while drawing on an historic context; Agnis Smallwood works across art-forms, as comfortable with textile as she is with ceramics; and Lizzie Searle takes us into a dreamland, where handbags open up into theatre sets, with hidden compartments...

All the exhibitors had already won instant acclaim by being selected for the prestigious 2009 New Designers Show in London, straight after graduating. In addition, three of the exhibitors – Daniel Evans, Jan Hicks and Agnis Smallwood – had also recently been awarded membership of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

The exhibition was the first of its kind at Farfield Mill and the hope is that it will become an ongoing series celebrating the exciting new craftsmanship being developed through university courses across the region.

What you said:

  • "Splendid work, fascinating show." S Davies, Dumfrieshire
  • "Loved it all - great originality." Christine Barnes, Derbyshire
  • "Impressive and inspiring." C Cotton, Preston
  • "Some wonderfully creative work - great to see." Liz Traezer, Australia

Coast and Country

September & October 2009

Suzanne Stuart Davies

Suzanne draws and paints what she sees around her while walking Cumbrian lanes and fells, Dumfriesshire lanes and hills, and along the edges of the islands of the north and the west of Britain. This exhibition illustrated her strong urge to depict vernacular buildings in the landscape and highlighted her sense of impending loss. Sometimes it is colour, pattern, the way a building sits in its surroundings which catches her eye; sometimes the image remains insistent, and becomes a point of departure for a painting – or is one of a series of paintings which signify a particular time and place.

What you said:

  • "Atmospheric - lovely use of colour." G & L Hill, Lancaster
  • "Beautiful light airy work with uplifting colour." M Edgar, Cockermouth
  • "Captures the essence of the places - wonderful reminder of Orkney." Sue & Rob David, Kendal

21 Vessels Plus

July & August 2009

Cheshire Textiles

Cheshire Textiles is a group of contemporary textile artists whose work is diverse in style, scale and inspiration using a broad spectrum of techniques creatively, including hand and machine embroidery, mixed media, book and doll making. 21 Vessels Plus was a 21-vessel salute by the group on their 21st anniversary, for which members created a new dimension to their range of work with a diverse exhibit of 21 3D vessels crafted in a variety of textile techniques.

What you said:

  • "Wonderful creativity, quite inspiring" J Young, St Andrews
  • "I feel like a kid in a sweet shop." Eryl Shields, Dumfrieshire
  • "What fun and such skill - great exhibition." Dilys Mevan
  • "Very interesting and lively group of work." Alun Evans, WA6

Connecting the Threads

July & August 2009

Maggie Ayres

Textile and mixed-media artist Maggie Ayres sets out to explore the experiences of the past, examining the openings created in the threads of memory and emotion. Her exhibition at Farfield Mill was about searching for these connections and understanding their personal significance - and was accompanied by a gallery tour and a 2-day workshop.

What you said:

  • "Exciting and powerfull" Mary Byham, Guildford
  • "Speaks to the inner spirit" Rachel Newleck, New Zealand
  • "Fab. A though-provoking and wonderful exhibition" Sue Warburton


June & July 2009

Tomoko Alderson, Fiona Clucas, Judy Evans, David Fulford, Paul Girling, Jan Hicks, Annie Hudson, Tracey Levine, Shelley Rhodes, Laura Rosenzweig, Helene Shovlar, Jonathon Stamper, Peter Stockdale, Mary Taylor, Mo Wallis and Beverley White

Living and working in such a beautiful part of the country inspired these local artists, including Farfield Resident Artists, to interpret nature and the environment – from wild places and landscapes to wildlife, flora and fauna. The result was a wonderfully tempting selection of paintings, textiles, photography, sculpture and jewellery that went straight to the spiritual heart of this theme. The artworks in the exhibition were accompanied by prose and poetry on the same theme, selected by Ruth Colton.

Recent Paintings and Drawings

May & June 2009

John Cooke

John Cooke has exhibited his work in galleries from Los Angeles to Dubai and has had an annual London exhibition for the last 33 years. This year, for the third time at Farfield Mill, John brings a collection of work produced mostly over the last 12 months. The exhibition displays this popular Dent-based artist's enthusiasm for painting, rather than conceptual art, but occasionally deviates from the traditional in surprising ways.

What you said:

  • "Magical" Kath Parkin, Sedbergh
  • "Nice lively work. Love the shadows!" John Pickering, Barnard Castle
  • "A privilege to see more of Cooke's work." M M Van Der Knarr, Barbon


April & May 2009

Cefyn Burgess

Cefyn, now based at the New Ruthin Craft Centre in north Wales, had researched Amish and Welsh quilts and applied traditional and modern textile methods to create beautifully crafted quilts, blankets and framed embroidered pieces which represented highly collectable heirlooms in their own right. The exhibition was suported by a full colour catalogue.

What you said:

  • "Sunny and wonderful" A Corfield, Mold
  • "A fascinating collection of work - a joy to view" Yvonne Redhead, Lancashire
  • "Stunning, beautiful work, thanks! Worth the visit." Sheila Donca, Harrogate

This was a Ruthin Craft Centre touring exhibition.

The Forbidden Kingdom

March & April 2009

John Allen

Having travelled to Nepal for many years trekking in the high Himalayas, exploring old cultural sites and working with those in the textile industry there, John's exhibition included carpets for the wall and mixed media pictures inspired by Nepalese culture and landscape. The exhibition was complemented by an illustrated talk and 'meet the artist' event, where John kept a packed gallery entralled by his experiences and description of the designing and making process.

What you said:

  • "Fantastic, beautiful, stunning....." M & B Goodyear, Peupout
  • "So evocative, so beautiful" Pat Bently, Penrith
  • "Really stunning, very impressed" Jo Humpries, Leeds
  • "The very best of design and technique" Hilary Brooks, Cumbria
  • "Such a feeling of serenity and movement" J Burridge, Galgate


Aegean, by Anna Shutt

March & April 2009

Anna Shutt and Alison Harrison

Two diverse artists from the South East brought their work to Farfield Mill; Anna Shutt's texutral, mixed media paintings juxtaposed beautifully with Alison Harrison's colourful paintings and joyous papier mache sculptures.

What you said:

  • "Wonderfullly refreshing" B Hepburn, Silloth
  • "Lovely artwork and the puffins are fantastic!" K Eastham, Birmingham
  • "Smashing, rejuvinating" P Armentor, Heaton

A Passion for Painting Pattern

January & February 2009

Raymond Honeyman

Raymond has always been drawn to things that are rich in pattern and his love of painting and colour leads him to creating designs with incredible attention to detail and craft. His exhibition at Farfield Mill presented 31 of his original designs, all beautifully framed, including for Liberty and Erhman Tapestry. It was accompanied by his book, 'A Passion for Painting Pattern: the Textile Designs of Raymond Honeyman', and Ehman Tapestry catalogues.

What you said:

  • "Beautiful design, amazing use of colour, love the florals" H Coyle, Cautley
  • "Wow! We have found a new respect for design and tapestry." J Matthews, Bradford
  • "A great source of Inspiration" K Janis, Cleaveland

The Motto Project

Children from local primary schools with their outdoor weaving project
Pupil from Selside School weaving

January & February 2009

Local schoolchildren and community groups, working with local textile artists

Using the Kendal motto, 'Wool is my bread' as their starting point, textile artists worked with schoolchildren and community groups from the local area to produce a number of colourful, original, inspiring and moving textile pieces which dealt with identity and linked in to the culture and industry of the region.

What you said:

  • "Brilliant to see so many children involved" A Taiter, Milnthorpe
  • "Wonderful creativity and fun!" Morag Rana, CA17
  • "A wonderful display of imaginative creativity in children" Julie Coghlan, Caldbeck
  • "Amazing displays from ones so young" Barbara Leigh, Sedbergh

A Very Berry Christmas

December 2008 - in the Howgill and Dover Galleries

Fusion, Trident Stitchers, Weaving Friends, Sewing Circle, Steve Valentine, Jo Dix, Mike Jennings, Joan Hardie, Amanda Mudge, John Kershaw and Julia Neubauer

Our Christmas selling exhibition included unusual and inspired gift ideas from textile groups based in Country Durham, Cumbria and Lancashire, plus delightful seasonal gifts by members of 'Made in Cumbria' and other artists from the region.

What you said:

  • "Amazing unique work" Cath & Mike Jennings, Carlisle
  • "Love the textiles" Jo Feld, Portsmouth
  • "Wonderfully amazing work" Mary Reay, Stourbridge

Connections and Differences

November 2008

Alan Stones and Rebecca Payn

Alan and Rebecca work in close proximity, from the same painting and printmaking studios in a hamlet in the Eden Valley; both make oil paintings and both use stone and plate lithography. Their exhibition in the Howgill Gallery concentrated on the range of their graphic work and included charcol drawings, original digital prints and lithographs. It was the first time they had shown such a broad range of their graphic work together.

What you said:

  • "Accomplished, intelligent, beautiful" Spencer Hanneh, Windermere
  • "Landscapes developed using a good sense of depth and feeling" R McGrath, Sedbergh

Natural and Man-Made Forms in Landscape

November 2008

Jennifer Smith

A retrospective of the past 30 years of Jennifer's paintings and drawings, illustrating her interest in 3D forms and sculptural constructions made by man or nature on the landscape.


October 2008

Nicholette Goff

Nicholette Goff’s work is based in the natural environment – woodlands, gardens, parks and nature reserves – where she prints directly from the ground, trees and plants around her. She soaks large papers in streams and ponds then, using her car as a printing press, or binding trees with paper, she lifts a delicate and individual print of the plants in that place, at that time. The prints are impregnated with the essence of the landscape –  its texture, structure and traces of colour.

“These prints record the life of a fragment of the landscape. In this case a tree  - how it twisted and branched, was stained by moss and lichen, was pruned and damaged by human and nature. Gnarled, diseased, infested, holed by woodpeckers and squirrels. They are the punctuation marks in the story and history of the tree; some indication of what happened to it. I’m examining this just a little bit – creating an emotional and intellectual space in which to have a relationship with the tree; to make it easier to see the tree as it is. In the way that the life of the tree is held in time by a photograph or drawing, so the prints hold something that comes from an intimate, temporal relationship with it. Slow, visceral contact between hand and form, bark and paper. Where the tree rips through the paper I repair it. A mark of respect. Darning, stitching, crocheting.  Opening up the life of the tree – honouring its scars and drawing attention to what the tree has survived." Nicholette Goff, January 2008

In recent years Nicholette has worked in very special environments. In 2005 she represented Kent as artist in residence on the nature reserve island of Veranka in Hungary, where she produced work that was taken into the Keskemet permanent collection. In 2007 she was commissioned to work alongside Kent AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Kent High Weald Project and Tunbridge Wells Museum to produce a central work for an exhibition that celebrated historical and contemporary influences in the High Weald. She has also worked in the gardens at Marle Place and Sissinghurst Castle (Kent), Quirang Lodge (Skye) and the Suffolk garden of the 18th century artist, Gainsborough.

Nicholette's exhibition and residency attracted a lot of attention from the local and specialist art community. Using wool from Farfield Mill's own stock, she produced a 'sock' for the tree outside the Mill's entrance - still there now, taking on an organic existence! - but not before she'd taken a print from the tree and produced an additional paper tree for the exhibition.

Nicholette was in residence at Farfield Mill from 1 - 14 October. She also ran two workshops entitled Direct Printing in the Landscape on Friday 10 October (1-day workshop) and Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 October (2-day workshop).

What you said:

  • "Beautiful fragile work; many thanks" Sue Capstick, Lancaster
  • "Impressive! Delighful ideas." John Fazey, Gwynedd
  • "Amazing! Beautifully presented." M Britton, St Neots

A Short Walk in a Big Landscape

October 2008

Colin Taylor

Colin brought us a 21st-century take on Thomas West's famous viewing stations of 1778, conveying through oil painting the sublime and picturesque qualities of the Lake District.


September 2008

Jeanette Appleton and other artists

New work by Jeanette Appleton and Farfield Resident Artists, guest artists and those attending workshops as part of Jeanette's residency during August at Farfield Mill.

What you said:

  • "An inspiring set of works" Mary Young (Beday)
  • "I wish I had been here to join in" M Walker (Cheshire)
  • "A feast for the eyes" Kate East (Kendal)


August 2008

Jeanette Appleton

The first major solo exhibition by textile artist Jeanette Appleton, Sow:Sew, came to Farfield Mill in August as part of a national tour showcasing the artists recent work undertaken during her time at the University of Huddersfield. Sow:Sew explored the relationships between hand craft and machine technology and was described by textile artist Professor Lesley Millar as, “Bringing together 19th-century industrial machinery and 21st-century technology.”

Introducing Un-fold

August 2008

Stuart Bottomley, Rachel Kelly, Iain Childs, Jo Vincent, James Hake, Adam Atkinson

A new generation of designers who take their inspiration from the English Lake District, thanks to their newly formed collective Un-fold.


Textilia III

August 2008

Textilia III

A welcome return to the Mill by this established group of 16 contemporary textile artists based in Yorkshire.


July 2008

Frances Winder and Jan Hicks

Frances and Jan exhibited work based on their sketches and studies of the River Kent. Paintings, sculptural embroideries, drawings and applied embroidery pieces all reflected the inspiration of the river in all its moods from source to sea. The exhibition also included sketches and working drawings.

Frances and Jan ran a workshop on 26 and 27 July. Students used research and sketching of  the river at Farfield Mill and then applied working drawings to embroidered pieces on the second day.

Mechanical Drawing – The Schiffli Project

June 2008

Rowena Ardern, Jill Boyes, Nigel Cheney, Isabel Dibden Wright, Stephen Dixon, Nina Edge, Kate Egan, Rozanne Hawksley, Alice Kettle, Jane McKeating, Melanie Miller, Susan Platt, Sally Morfill, Lynn Setterington and Alison Welsh

The Schiffli Project was a touring exhibition originated by the School of Design at Manchester Metropolitan University. It documented and explored textile practice and the creative process through the responses of a range of practitioners to the UK’s last working Schiffli machine.

What is the MMU Schiffli machine? It is a unique, one-hundred year old multi-needle embroidery machine capable of mechanically stitching repeat patterns or images across a two-metre wide piece of cloth. The stitched designs are created by moving a pantograph by hand. Such machines were traditionally used to mass-produce commercial embroidery. This exhibition brought together some of the leading contemporary textile artists today and each approached the machine in a very individual way, bringing something of their own practice to the machine and challenging the usual pre-conceptions of commercial embroidery.

What you said:

  • "Such a wonderful variety of ideas. Excellent" (M21)
  • "This is amazing such skill and intelligence combined with great ideas and creativity"
  • Thanks to the gallery for giving visitors the opportunity to see such creative work" (G12)

Shanties of Ribblehead

April 2008

Philippa Troutman

This beautiful exhibition combined the best of contemporary printmaking by Philippa Troutman and exquisite bookbinding by Esther Primrose with a well researched testimony to the makers of the Ribblehead Viaduct.

Philippa lives in a railway house on the site of the former Shanty towns of Ribblehead and her stunning prints, etchings and drawings ensure that the hundreds of men, women and children who contributed to the making of the Settle-Carlisle railway will not be forgotten. She brought exceptional technical ability together with compassion, empathy and drama in this work, ably supported by the text.