Fans of the rock group Queen may prick their ears up to hear about a new exhibition by Roger Taylor and Paul Rogers.
However this is not an artistic collaboration between the famous drummer and singer (Paul Rodgers with a ‘d’) who stood in for the late Freddie Mercury on tour a few years ago.
This Roger Taylor is the curator of the Gallery on the Green in Settle, a unusual small art gallery inside a classic red telephone box.
He has joined forces with photographer Rogers to create ‘CLICK’, an exhibition exploring our obsession with photographing ourselves and others.
No stranger to the Gallery on the Green, Rogers exhibited there in the summer/autumn of 2013 with a display called ‘LIFE-LINE : Speculations on Clothes Hanging.
His photography has been exhibited previously in local, regional and national venues and in the PhotoArts Centre, Charlottesvile, U.S.A.
Also in Settle, Paul was a member of the ‘3 x Norber’ group that exhibited in The Folly Museum and he continues to work on LIFE-LINE and CLICK and a series of other projects.
Taylor has been the gallery’s honorary curator since its creation some six years ago. This is the first time he has ever exhibited his own work.
His photographs were all taken on The Mall, Washington DC, a site of pilgrimage for many Americans, with its government offices and institutions, museums and monuments, neatly symbolising the cultural diversity of the nation. Visited by millions each year, it is one of the most photographed sites in the United States, with each family enshrining themselves with a “Click” of the shutter.
The Upper Settle phone box was purchased by Settle Town Council in early 2009 under the BT ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ scheme. As part of the scheme it was agreed that the phone box would be set up as a community art gallery. Grant funding was obtained from Craven District Council and Settle Town Council.
The box is of the K6 type and was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935 to commemorate George the Fifth’s Silver Jubilee and has been refurbished inside and out. In 2010, in another Queen connection, the Gallery housed an exhibition of old Victorian stereoscopy images by none other than the famous guitarist Brian May - yes, the real one this time - who visited Settle to open the display and give a talk about his book of 19th Century photos called “A Village Lost and Found’.
The exhibition will run from April 11 to June 27. Further information is available from Settle Tourist Information office, or see the website www.galleryonthegreen.org.uk.