Why Thomas Chippendale is part of the furniture in Otley

He was not yet 20 when he dragged his ball and claw feet out of Otley in search of the bright lights of York and then London, but the town of Thomas Chippendale’s birth is not letting the absence of any of his furniture there interfere with its plans to celebrate his 300th anniversary.

A man tests a new Go Ape night-time zipline experience that will form part of the Dark Skies Festival

Twinkle little stars

The nights are not only getting shorter in February but also harder to see – especially in urban areas where light pollution and the phenomenon of Urban Sky Glow makes the universe seem less dark than it really is.

Sarah Lucas's, Eating a Banana (1990), from Self-Portraits 1990-98. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London � the artist 2018.

Exhibition examines the art of the ‘selfie’

More than 25 self-portraits by UK-based artists, including Sarah Lucas’s Self Portrait With Banana (pictured above) will go on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park next month.

Under the dryers at a Nottingham salon in 1996. Picture by Honey Salvadori.

Hair special: Celebrating salon culture with Andrew Barton (and win a haircut with him)

As an exhibition celebrating modern hairdressing opens in Barnsley, Andrew Barton talks to Stephanie Smith about his career and the culture of the salon. Plus win a hair make-over with Andrew later this month.

Chloe Holt with her painting  'This Place was a Shelter'

A Cornish idyll and costume from scandalous ballet are art highlights

An oil painting of the volcanic rocks which form a natural reef near St Ives in Cornwall forms an unlikely juxtaposition at the Harrogate Antiques and Arts Fair, which runs through the weekend.

The Barenger being inspected

Artworks touched up after a little home-maid damage

History does not confirm whether, as suspected, an over-zealous maid attacked it with furniture polish because her dusting arm wouldn’t reach – but the resulting smear on the lower half of William Perry’s 1861 painting, The Bird’s Nest, has been distracting viewers at Brodsworth Hall for years.

Exhibitions Officer Alison Cooper with the Betty Woodman exhibition at the Cooper Gallery in Barnsley

Ceramics from America via Liverpool on view in Barnsley

Barnsley’s Cooper Gallery will this weekend become the only Yorkshire venue to host an exhibition from the Liverpool Biennial, a two-yearly festival of contemporary art

Inside the National Railway Museum, in York

Head of steam gathers for York rail museum expansion

The journey from Flying Scotsman to the Hitachi Azuma has taken the railway industry 95 years – but passengers may soon be able to do it in less time than it takes to walk to the buffet car.

Sculptor Andrian Melka working on a bust of his partner Ruth in his studio

Acclaim for sculptor putting art back in touch with reality

A sculptor who has relocated from Albania to York and acquired Royal patronage is among the young artists in a new exhibition at a Harrogate gallery.

8 December 2017 .......       Thia Buddhist Monks from Wat Buddharam Temple on Cliff Road Headingley visit the new display on Buddhism opening at Leeds City Museums. Picture Tony Johnson

Remarkable history of the Buddhist faith is celebrated in Leeds

A fascinating collection of items has gone on display in Leeds as part of a new exhibition exploring the ancient history of the Buddhist faith.

Watercolour of a European Green Woodpecker [Picus Viridis] perched on a branch;  n.d. [pre 1663]

Rare records go on display of scientist who created first encyclopedia of birds

RARE books and documents produced by a pioneering ornithologist known as the Isaac Newton of natural history are going on display in Yorkshire.

Hazel Richardson, Heritage Project Officer, looking through the Tom Twisleton Celebration  exhibition  at The Folly in Settle

Tom Twisleton and the lost language of the Dales

They are words lost in time. The cautionary tale of a drunken woman stumbling along the stalls at Settle market, written in the almost forgotten 19th century dialect of the lower Dales, will ring out once more at the weekend as the village marks a peculiarly local centenary.

An image from the exhibition Spence: The Art of War at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. (Picture: Simon Hill).

Artists who offered a different perspective on the First World War

As an exhibition of watercolours goes on display at the Royal Armouries, Chris Bond asks whether First World War art has the same impact as its poetry.

Attendees line the Mall as they watch ceremonies to swear in Donald Trump on Inauguration Day on January 20, 2017. Picture: National Science and Media Museum

Exhibition reveals how despite Donald Trump’s claims, untruths have been spread for many decades

Donald Trump famously claimed that he had “invented” the phrase Fake News, but he evidently had not been reading the old Daily Herald.

Work on display at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate from 23rd-26th November

Sew far, so good as knitters stitch up minister

KNITTERS at Britain’s biggest textile event, which opens in Harrogate next week, will be invited to gently needle the government by stitching their names on to an embroidered petition.

Barnsley Civic Marketing Assistant Becki Tovey looks at Robyn Hitchcock by Robyn Hitchcock, one of 50 finalists in this year's Best Art Vinyl, an international award celebrating the best in record cover design. Picture Scott Merrylees

Exhibition shows a different perspective on vinyl cover art

A CELEBRATION of the art that lies in your record collection has been unveiled in Barnsley.

The gallery's Rebecca Hardy with some of the more contemporary exhibits on show. Picture: Scott Merrylees

Silver service as exhibition brings treasures to the table

They brought out the best silver yesterday, from perhaps the country’s biggest sideboard.

Doreen Kerfoot works at a loom

You’ve won first prize - a date with Stalin

IT WAS the sort of impossibly glamorous prize to which a self-respecting working woman of the 1930s could hardly say no - a trip to Russia and a date with Stalin.

Henry Moore with Reclining Figure and Mask. Picture: Henry Moore Foundation Archive

On show after 100 years: The roll of honour carved by Henry Moore for his old school pals

It was the war they said would be over by Christmas, but the inscription carved by Henry Moore at the foot of Castleford Secondary School’s roll of honour tells its own story.

Jason White, curator of Britain's first exhibition of contemporary vinyl art, at the Civic, Barnsley. Picture by Simon Hulme

Wall of sound: Barnsley gallery stages record art show

STONE Age man had his cave walls and Michelangelo the Sistine Chapel, but for the last two generations of artist the medium of choice has been the record sleeve.

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