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Creative spirit

The latest exhibition at the Mercer Gallery in Harrogate celebrates the life and work of artist and illustrator Isabel Alexander. Yvette Huddleston reports.

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PIC: James Hardisty

Woodland link between Yorkshire village’s past and present

As a walker strolls through the woods near Stutton, Tadcaster, the winter sun warms the bare trees.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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The launch of Hull's year as City of Culture.

Kirsten Simister: Chance to shine a spotlight on Hull’s visual arts

IT is a very special day today as the Ferens Art Gallery reopens to the public following a £5.2m refurbishment at the start of Hull’s tenure as the UK City of Culture 2017.

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Video: Inside the newly-restored Ferens Gallery in Hull

It was on January 12, 1917 that the industrialist and philanthropist Thomas Robinson Ferens bought a plot of land in the centre of Hull to build a brand new gallery. So it was something of a happy coincidence that exactly 100 years on the gallery which bears his name reopened its doors following a £5m renovation project.

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Big Painting Challenge presenters Mariella Frostrup and Rev Richard Coles

BBC’s Great British Brush Off: Old Master or reproduction?

THE BBC today unveiled a new art show to fill the hole in its schedule left by the Great British Bake Off.

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Isabel Alexander: Creative spirit in Harrogate

The latest exhibition at the Mercer Gallery in Harrogate explores the work of artist and illustrator Isabel Alexander. Yvette Huddleston reports.

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PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Men of vision who created then saved Salts Mill

There is probably no greater symbol of Yorkshire’s industrial past and its creative future than Salts Mill.

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ART AND SOUL:  David Hockney who will have a gallery dedicated to his life and work.

Art preview for 2017

2016 was a memorable year for the visual arts in Yorkshire and this year looks set to be another. Yvette Huddleston takes a looks at just some of the highlights.

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PIC: Gary Longbottom

True Yorkshire grit carved from mother earth

The white cloud juxtaposed next to a wondrous blue sky would make this a pretty picture on its own, add this most dramatic setting and it becomes even more impressive.

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Bacon's Figure Study II

Money from a possible sale of Francis Bacon painting should go to Batley, historian says

Profits from a mooted sale of a painting by the famous artist Francis Bacon gifted to Batley should be put back into the town, a local historian has said.

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Singer Cameron Lee is hoping to win our Excite and Entertain Leeds 2017 talent competition.

VIDEO: Can singer Cameron win our talent competition?

Move over Alfie Boe and Michael Ball - here comes singer Cameron Lee who believes he can win our Excite and Entertain Leeds 2017 talent competition.
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The Matthews Lighthouse at Spurn Point.

Historic beacon of light still pointing the way

Beneath a vast expanse of conquering sky a lone lighthouse stands unbowed, a man-made sentinel staring unflinchingly out towards the North Sea.

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Stunning Scarborough snap impresses photo judges

Stunning Scarborough snap impresses photo judges

A stunning image taken by a 12-year-old girl at a Scarborough attraction has been shortlisted for an RSPCA Young Photographer Award.

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Art by email

Art by email

A new exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park proves that art can travel even if the artist can’t. Yvette Huddleston reports.

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Pop meets art in Harrogate

A new exhibition featuring the album artwork of indie rock band The Coral opened last week in Harrogate. Chris Bond reports.

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PIC: Simon Hulme

Brooding majesty of one of Yorkshire’s oldest villages

The Sun sets behind Drax Power Station and tangerine-tinged steam rises into a late November sky.

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By Jacky Fleming, feminist cartoonist and illustrator

The trouble with women: Stories history forgot

Jacky Fleming’s latest book The Trouble with Women opens with the epigraph “Take nobody’s word for it”, the motto of the Royal Society. It is a nugget of wisdom that seems very apposite in our post-truth modern world – and it could as easily describe Fleming’s approach in puncturing accepted myths. A feminist cartoonist and illustrator whose pithy work has appeared in numerous publications including the Guardian, the Observer, the New Statesman and the Big Issue, Fleming was first published in the feminist magazine Spare Rib in 1978 when she submitted a cartoon while still an art student at the University of Leeds.

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