9th February, 2018…

Culture vultures will find much to enjoy all year round…

...all year round at The Treasure House in Beverley, which has just unveiled its programme of events and exhibitions for 2018. 

Treasury House in Beverley...

Although the highlight will be the 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum from July 14 to September 8, there will be much else to enjoy. So much so, Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for leisure, tourism, and culture, declared: “This programme truly cements the status of the Treasure House as a superb venue for art and culture in Beverley.”

The Treasure House, in Champney Road, Beverley, is a heritage centre providing museum, library and archive facilities under one roof, plus access to the adjoining Edwardian exhibition spaces of the Beverley Art Gallery. There is also a cafe and gift shop and it’s also home to the newly-opened Tourist Information Centre, where staff can provide advice and literature about attractions not just in Beverley but across the whole of the East Riding.

The building also provides splendid views over the rooftops of Beverley.

2018 at The Treasure House opens with the ongoing exhibition, ‘Humber Estuary : Changing Views’, which runs until February 17, along with talks and workshops.

This is followed by the ever popular annual Open Art exhibition, which will run from March 2 to April 28. 2018 marks the exhibition’s 21st anniversary of the exhibition, which is open to all artists, amateur or professional, living in Hull or the East Riding. Two individual adjudicators will judge the entries and works selected will form the exhibition.

“Rhythms in Sculpture” by David Sprakes will be an exhibition running from May 5 until June 30, featuring sculptures based on the natural world and the landscapes of the Peak District. And “African Stories in Hull and East Yorkshire’”, a Heritage Lottery funded exhibition, will run across the same dates, presenting stories of local people of African descent from 1750 to 2007, with an accompanying talk and workshop.

There will be a chance to take a course in life drawing, led by Esther Cawley, in April and May. Then, Esther returns in the autumn to lead a course on portraiture.

Lovers of wildlife will enjoy “Snakes – a slither into a secretive life”, which is a look at the fascinating life of snakes around the world. The exhibition runs from July 14 until September 8.

After that, attention will turn to another new exhibition, “Birds, Blooms and Butterflies” – the art of Elizabeth Lambert –  running from September 15 to November 3 . At the same time, “Peripheral Vision – Straw People by Julian Swift” will display Swift’s oil crayon drawings on gouache.

The year will close with “Peter Barker: Working Hands”, looking at trades and crafts in the East Riding, from November 10 to  February 2019, alongside a major season of events to mark the centenary of the end of World War One. An exhibition called “Legacy: a Painterly Response to World War One”  by Paul Clifford will be accompanied by study days and talks.

Along with other activities in the library – including the Summer Reading Challenge – and the Archives, including the return of Tiny Treasures, the Treasure House will host a full range of events all year long.

Full details can be found in the new programme of events booklet available at the Treasure House, and featuring a picture of Beverley Beck on the cover by Ian Mitchell (www.ianmitchellart.co.uk), or online at www.eastridingmuseums.co.uk