Somerville Gallery and the Coronavirus

Due to the current Coronavirus situation we have taken the sensible precaution to suspend formal opening hours of the Somerville Gallery in Otley. Whilst the foot count of visitors is usually not very heavy in a concentrated fashion, the nature of the screen panelling is such that close contact with other people is inevitable.

Should anyone wish to visit the Gallery we are quite happy to accommodate by appointment only for the time being.

By telephoning Ian or Jayne directly at the studio in Burley in Wharfedale : 01943 864349 arrangements can be made to suit most circumstances.

Ian will work solely from the studio for the time being.

We will keep the website updated with news as it develops and please don’t forget that most products can be distributed on line.

Lady Kate Cotton Visits Ian’s Studio

Lady Kate Cotton called off at Ian’s studio in Burley along with John Hepworth to get a feel for his art in general and agree the Summer Exhibition Marie Curie Auction entry of ‘Cry From The Edge II’.

Over the years, Ian has supported the charity with donated art works for auction and this was an opportunity for her to learn more about the artist’s work and discuss his future role, particularly with the Academy. She was impressed with many of his works in progress, particularly the ‘Dawn at the Boatyard II’.

The evening previously she had been attending a major Marie Curie event at the Aspire Hotel in Leeds which raised around £100,000 and was organised by John Hepworth who is the Northern president of the Charity.

In it an extra large framed limited edition print of ‘Yorkshire’ was enthusiastically auctioned off with widespread interest with a very successful financial outcome.