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.

The Brain Game Leeds Features Yorkshire Print in Auction

A major Marie Curie Charity event was held at the Aspire Hotel in Leeds organised by the tireless, stalwart John Hepworth who is the Northern president of the Charity.

In it Somerville Arts donated an extra large framed limited edition print of ‘Yorkshire’ which was enthusiastically auctioned off with widespread interest. John expects that the event will raise in the order of £100,000 for the cancer charity.

Many celebrities attended and took park in the event, some hosting the questions based on their area of expertise such as Edwina Currie for politics and Rosemary Shragar for food. Lady Kate Cotton, in charge at Marie Curie of ‘Special Projects’ was also in attendance. The impressionist John Culshaw was the designated MC who provided an incredibly funny and topical management role for the evening.

Many local firms entered teams for this worthwhile event which was also graced by some heartwarming speeches made by the Marie Curie local Bradford staff.