As mentioned here quite a few times over the last few weeks, last weekend was the Priory Arts Exhibition, the first exhibition to be held at this new venue.
I must admit, I wasn't expecting too much in the run up to the event. I had seen the venue beforehand, so I knew that would be great, and I could tell it was being very well organised, but The Priory Barn at Syningthwaite near Wetherby is in a location that has very little passing traffic. As it turned out, it was very well advertised, and we had an excellent number of visitors over the weekend.
The preview evening on the Friday was packed to the rafters (or to the massive exposed beams) with people happy to spend and not simply there for free champagne and canapés. There was a nice mix of work from the 5 artists, and all 5 had a great weekend.
The Priory makes a great exhibition venue, and would be a great place for a wedding (as it is usually used for).
Emma Stothard's amazing life size bull made from willow greeting visitors in the entrance.
My section was already looking 'thin' by Sunday morning.
Nikky Corker's stunning work.
For anyone interested in the location and facilities at the priory, their URL is http://www.priorycottages.co.uk/