Valley of the dead... Mick Jagger and the Victorian remains

The little parish church of St Michael and St Lawrence is a picture of serenity tucked away among trees in the Washburn Valley to the west of Harrogate, and those who discover it are apt to use the words “hidden gem”. Just a few cottages remain of its nearest village, Fewston, because most of the congregation was displaced in the 1870s when the Leeds Waterworks Company flooded the valley to supply the city’s taps.

David Hockney in his home city of Bradford, February 1970

So, just who is the real David Hockney?

There’s a story Christopher Simon Sykes likes to tell about David Hockney. It was the early 1960s and, having just graduated from the Royal College of Art, he moved into a new flat where the bedroom also doubled as his studio. At the end of the small bed, which was squeezed into a corner, was a chest of drawers. “David painted a message rather carefully on the chest of drawers,” says Sykes, who secured unprecedented access to Hockney’s archive, notebooks and paintings to write a two-volume biography of the Bradford-born artist. “It said in large capital letters GET UP AND WORK IMMEDIATELY. As he said: ‘The first thing I saw every morning when I woke up was the sign, and not only did I read the sign but I remembered that I had wasted two hours painting it, so I jumped out of bed’.”

Commemorated in clay

Fired up females with feet (and hands) of clay

The decorative plate depicting punk singer Vi Subversa in clashing red, green and orange looks suitably kick-ass, especially compared with her more serious neighbour Emmeline Pankhurst, also celebrated in ceramic alongside an elegant bust of Jane Austen. They are a mixed bunch, which is exactly what Katch Skinner wanted when she asked family, friends and Facebook followers which great British women she should commemorate in clay.

Lucienne Day with her 1990 Aspects of the Sun silk mosaic wall hagning, made for the new John Lewis store at Kingston. It is still on display.

Material girl: Celebrating a century of Lucienne Day

As a young, unknown designer, Lucienne Day, marched into Manchester textile mills and touted for business strictly on her terms with the male-dominated hierarchy. It was a gutsy approach in the undeniably sexist 1940s but then Désirée Lucienne Lisbeth Dulcie Day, née Conradi, was always courageous and unconventional. Evidence of this is clear from her designs. Even now, her ground-breaking Calyx fabric, which featured at the Festival of Britain in 1951, looks bold, fresh and exciting.

Tony Wright is best known as the frontman for Terrorvision.

Typefaces, teacups and Terrovision

Tony Wright points to the black and white pressed street sign fixed to the wall on the corner of the building. “The name was already there in front of us,” he says of Otley’s newest cafe. “Bloomfield Square. It’s up there, bold as brass, well aluminium actually.” Tony came to the skinny latte trade a little late. He is a printer by trade, but is perhaps better known to many as the frontman of the Bradford-based band Terrorvision, who had a string of hits back in the 90s.

Natalie Stapleton at McNair. Picture: With Love Project

The inside story on the shirt it took a town to make

Archimedes famously had his Eureka moment in the bath. Richard Hamshire has his on a French ski slope looking at an old pair of gloves.

Katie Chaplin wearing one of her kimonos

The Yorkshire artist who is turning Japanese

The wise and incomparable Dr Seuss wrote that: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Gundog handler Fiona Kirk with her English Setter, Zeus and Anthony Dowson  28, Moorland Beat Keeper for the Thimbleby estate, stalking his game on the moor.

Arms and the woman

Gareth Dockerty is a man armed with statistics. Give him the chance and he’ll tell you how shooting is worth £2bn to the UK economy, how it supports the equivalent of 74,000 full- time jobs and how those who look after the shooting moors collectively spend £250m each year on conservation. Since joining the British Association of Shooting and Conservation as north east regional officer he has learnt that it’s good to have a few facts that can trip off the tongue. It helps, he says, when he meets those not wholly convinced of the environmental merits of shooting and he hopes it will forearm him in the organisation’s latest mission to encourage more women and youngsters to take up the sport.

The Arrival of Spring Exhibition by artist David Hockney. Picture by Simon Hulme

Sir Titus’s time warp: 15 years of world acclaim for Saltaire

In December 2001 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation determined that Saltaire had the same conservational significance as Stonehenge, the centre of Rome and the Taj Mahal. It was decision that caused a few raised eyebrows, but only among those who had never visited the model industrial village built in the historic textile heart of West Yorkshire.

David Aynesworth holds his polecat ferret, whilst judge Simon Smith holds an Albino ferret, before the start of the evening's ferret racing at the Craven Arms pub, Appletreewick.

Dales pub where they still race ferrets - with bonus video

There is a pub in the charismatic Yorkshire Dales village of Appletreewick called the Craven Arms. It has flagged floors, real fires, gas lighting and all the snug nooks and crannies one could hopes for from a 16th century inn. Sited at the rear is its undisputable crowning glory, a traditionally built cruck barn – hand-crafted from bent oak trees, with walls insulated with sheep’s wool and rendered with traditional lime and horse hair, and roofed with a hand-pulled heather ling thatch.

Roger Tiley's pictures of life at Kellingley Colliery

New light on the day darkness fell on Kellingley

As a small army of cameramen and journalists gathered outside Kellingley Colliery to capture the moment Britain’s last deep mine closed for ever, Roger Tiley took himself away from the melee. “I went to my van, shut the door and shed a few tears,” says the South Wales photographer who had spent the previous fortnight capturing the men at work. “I understand why the Press were there. The closure was the story, but it felt quite uncomfortable and I just needed some time on my own.

Mosiac artists Alan Butt and Rita Gav thier studio in Birstall.  
Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Piece and love: Lennon and Madonna in bits

Some artists have loft studios in London’s hipster East End. Others toil away in Parisian attics waiting for their work to be discovered. Allan Butt and Rita Gav have a converted garage on the busy Bradford Road in Batley.

February: Warrington Wolves fans at Headingley Stadium, Leeds. Picture by Tony Johnson

A leap year in pictures - all 366 of them

It all began innocently enough. On January 1, 2016, Yorkshire Post photographer Tony Johnson was experimenting with a new camera. The result was a black and white portrait of his son, carrying the skateboard he had got for Christmas. Another time, it might have become just another family photograph to go with the hundreds of others Tony had taken. Instead, it was the start of a year-long project which is about to be published in a coffee table photographic book called 366 (2016 being a leap year).


Shots in the dark over Yorkshire’s skies

The sweeping panorama from Sutton Bank, fishing boats bobbing in Whitby harbour, Swaledale hay meadows ablaze with colour – we all have our idea of that special Yorkshire view, the one that really sums up all the county has to offer. But our favourite landscapes share one thing in common. Most of us imagine them bathed in glorious sunshine, far less obscured by approaching dusk – and those are the images captured by photographers for countless greetings cards, calendars and coffee table books.

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Juliet Barker, who is a world expert in the Brontes.

My Yorkshire: Brontë expert Juliet Barker on her favourite people and places

Educated at Bradford Girls’ Grammar School and St Anne’s College, Oxford, Juliet Barker is a world expert on the Brontës. She lives in the Yorkshire Dales with her family.

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Dr Lee Tsang at Hull University.
 Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Hull’s unlikely musical genius

Ethel Leginska was reckoned one of the greatest pianists of her day. She wowed audiences with her dazzling playing and charisma. “Leginska Held Her Audience Spellbound” was a typical headline.

Kirsten Simister, curator of art at the Ferens Gallery. Picture: James Hardisty

Six of the best from Hull’s refurbished Ferens Art Gallery

Walking through the Ferens Art Gallery, it’s not immediately obvious where the money has been spent. Closed for 16 months while a £5m restoration project – the biggest in its history – was completed, the walls have been given a lick of paint, the works of art rehung and the cafe and gift shop have received a makeover. However, much of the work has taken place where visitors can’t see.

Artist Geoff Latz with Angela Boyce  at his workshop on Canal Road, Bradford

The nuts and bolts of my art collection

GEOFF Latz’s studio doesn’t look much from the outside. There is a wooden door and a window you cannot see through. Once inside, two things become apparent. One: it is just as cold inside as out. And two: this utilitarian space is full of surprises, not least the artist himself. Geoff is virtually self-educated and approaches art, as he approaches most things, from an unusual angle. His sculptures and artworks are made from scrap metal and discarded wire and bolts and nuts, and they are lined up neatly in here, ships and galleons and totem poles.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park's poet in residence for 2017, Simon Armitage.  Picture by Bruce Rollinson

How poet Simon Armitage is helping celebrate 40 years of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

It’s a grey December day just before Christmas, but the inclement weather somehow only adds to the allure and atmosphere of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I’m there to meet poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage who has just taken up a 12-month residency for the park’s 40th anniversary. Armitage will be helping the YSP celebrate its unique appeal throughout 2017, visiting in different seasons and producing new work in response to the park as well as curating a programme of readings and events, and launching a new publication in the autumn.

Paralympian Kadeena Cox. Picture James Hardisty.

My Yorkshire: Kadeena Cox on her favourite people and places

Kadeena Cox, from Leeds, is the first British athlete in more than 30 years to win two gold medals in two different sports at the Paralympics. She is taking part in this year’s series of The Jump.

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