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Introducing the Great North Art Show


The Great North Art Show was established in 2001 and held its first exhibition in 2002 in Ripon Cathedral.  It has now evolved into a significant Annual Open Exhibition showing the diversity and breadth of Contemporary Art in the North by professional and emerging artists in this unique and magnificent setting.

The Great North Art Show is a “not for profit” Charitable Company run by an experienced team of volunteers.  Its philosophy is to bring art to the people on a grand scale and Ripon Cathedral is the perfect venue for this.  Painters, printmakers, photographer and sculptors are invited to submit a “body of work” for selection to produce an exciting and varied show promoting great art in the North.

Each year, there is a “Special Exhibition”.  This year it is the “Art of Portraiture in the North” raising the profile of portrait painters and the role they have played in society through the centuries.

To conclude the visit to the Exhibition, there is an Art Trail of galleries and small businesses connected with art in Ripon.  This trail also includes an opportunity to dip into the history of this ancient city and visit its three famous historic buildings; Ripon Workhouse, Ripon Prison and Ripon Courthouse (www.riponmuseum.co.uk)



“Inspirational to see such talent on display in such a setting”.

“Just wonderful.  Well worth a visit from the Lake District”.

“Some amazing art, and beautifully displayed”.

“Very interesting, varied.  Great to have art in the North”.

“What a combination, wonderful music, beautiful inspirational paintings and the Cathedral backdrop”.

“Stunning exhibition in a wonderful setting.  Loved the innovative work that pushed boundaries”.

“As ever – a wonderful show.  Thank you to all the artists”.


The Great North Art Show 2014 at Ripon Cathedral


Saturday 30 August to Sunday 21 September 2014


Preview evening Friday 29 August 2014 6.30 to 8.30pm


Kindly sponsored by Charles Stanley LLP




The Great North Art Show is a registered Charity, number 1137814