Settle exhibition inspired by nature

Derek Setford

Derek Setford

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What’s being billed as the ‘largest ever’ gathering of wood engravings, botanical paintings and watercolours by renowned craftsman Derek Setford will take place at Settle Town Hall this month.

The exhibition, which opens at Gavagan Art on Saturday, March 19, will feature works inspired by landscapes from across the North West and includes some of the most intricate engravings exhibited in the region in recent years.

Mary Gavagan, the owner and curator of Gavagan Art, who was a former director of the Lancaster University art gallery, said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to put together a broad range of work by such a highly accomplished artist.

“I hope that events such as this will tempt more and more people to come and explore the interesting and diverse culture which North Yorkshire has to offer.”

Having spent the majority of his life working and living in different parts of the north, Derek Setford’s works often depict elements of the region’s most naturally distinctive areas such as the Lake District and the Pennines.

Setford was born in Liverpool in 1936 and, after a year studying at Leeds College of Art, continued to study drawing, printing and printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.

The exhibition at Town Hall, Market Place, Settle takes place from March 19 to April 16.