Hockney coup for Yorkshire festival

AN EXHIBITION of work by one of the country’s greatest living artists, David Hockney, will be staged in Scarborough next year as part of “A Festival of Yorkshire - Scarborough”.

The Hockney exhibition will open on Yorkshire Day, August 1 at the Woodend Arts and Craft Gallery in the Crescent and run until August 24.

The landmark exhibition is being delivered in association with the Goldmark Gallery based in Uppingham, Rutland, and is part a full exhibition programme being delivered by Woodend in 2012.

Woodend worked with the Goldmark team earlier in 2011 on the John Piper exhibition which proved to be extremely popular with visitors. Two further shows are also planned with Goldmark. In April there will be an exhibition of work by Marc Chagall and in October/November work by Henri Matisse will be on show.

Securing the Hockney exhibition is a major coup for Woodend director Andrew Clay and has been described as a “tremendous boost” for the partnership involved in organising the four-day festival of Yorkshire culture and heritage in Scarborough.

Mr Clay said: “We are thrilled and honoured to be able to say that the work of David Hockney is coming to Woodend. He is without doubt one of the greatest living artists and we think his work on paper will look stunning in our unique gallery spaces.

“Like David Hockney, I am a Bradford born man myself so feel rather humbled to have his creative genius represented in this modern creative industries centre. The exhibition is free so we urge all art lovers to take a look.”

Welcome to Yorkshire Area Director Janet Deacon said: “I’m delighted Woodend has been able to secure an exhibition of Hockney’s work. He is without doubt one of the finest artists to come out of Yorkshire and I hope the Scarborough community and visitors to the town take the time to see his work on display at Woodend.”

“A Festival of Yorkshire” is being spearheaded by Scarborough Council and the Scarborough Urban Area Forum as part of its arts culture and sport theme for 2012 and supported by Welcome to Yorkshire in association with a number of other partners. It is being staged to coincide with Yorkshire Day after Scarborough was invited by the Yorkshire Society to host the main civic gathering when mayors, chairmen and other dignitaries from the region gather to celebrate their pride in Yorkshire and its appeal.