YORKSHIRE Water’s Riverlife programme is celebrated in an exhibition at the Piece Hall Art Gallery, Halifax, by Bradford-born photographer Ian Beesley.
The company is launching the programme with a £250m investment in waste water treatment over the next five years, to give 250 miles of Yorkshire rivers improved water quality.
The Calder and the Hebble rivers figure largely in the show, which features vintage pictures such as the Mirfield incinerator and workers.
Coal-carrying days on the Calder and Hebble Navigation are recalled, as are the characters involved.
Ian also captures the essence of water surfaces and waterfalls, the play of light on water.
He shows us the River Hebble flowing deep below North Bridge, Halifax, the ruined watermill at Jumble Hole Clough at Hebden Bridge and the waterwheel still extant at Wainstalls, near Halifax.
Then there’s the human side of river life; paddling in the Calder at Sowerby Bridge on a summer day, a dog trying to catch fish.
The pictures are mainly in black and white, with some colour.
r PETER Brooks’ major exhibition at the AC Gallery, Byram Street, where the last day is tomorrow, has been successful, with a good number of originals sold, as well as large quantities of framed prints.
The show, Abroad in Lancashire and the Dales Even, sees the Brighouse-based artist as prolific as ever, with new originals often combining art and humour in Peter’s own inimitable style, with some wintry titles like Bloody Cool Sheep.
And for the opening of the exhibition there was even a rather cheeky bronze sculpture (available in a limited edition), showing Peter answering the call of nature while on a walk with his sheepdog.
There are, of course, lots of snow scenes; Drawing in the Pennines by the Light of the Silvery Moon is a fine example.
And the treatment of abandoned buildings in the landscape is tackles as lovingly and skilfully as ever; for instance with the disused farmhouse that once did teas in the painting Quietly Drawing in Thwaite.