Swinton Park hosts contemporary art

Artist Emerson Mayers and Swinton Park owner Felicity Cunliffe-Lister with two pieces of his work that are in the exhibition at Swinton Park. (GB100172a)
Artist Emerson Mayers and Swinton Park owner Felicity Cunliffe-Lister with two pieces of his work that are in the exhibition at Swinton Park. (GB100172a)

A luxury castle hotel has swapped its old masters and family portraits for exciting contemporary work for a Ripon charity’s latest exhbition.

New Lights is exhibiting a selection of the North’s leading contemporary artists at Swinton Park near Masham until July 18.

Many of the most-respected artists currently living and working in the North will have their work displayed at the castle and all their work will be for sale with 40 per cent of the proceeds going to the New Lights’ Art for All charity.

There will also be a private view on Thursday, June 26, with musical entertainment provided by Alastair Griffin, whose latest work The Road was commissioned for Yorkshire’s Grand Depart.

Annette Petchey, founder and Chief Executive of New Lights, said: “We are delighted that Swinton Park has given us the opportunity to show the work of so many great artists in such a fabulous setting. The castle is the perfect backdrop for the art we will be exhibiting and to showcase Alastair’s musical talents.

“The good news for anyone attending the exhibition is that, should they be tempted to invest in a piece of art for their home, they can be assured that they are also helping the work of New Lights’ Art for All, encouraging more people, particularly children, to enjoy the art being produced and exhibited in the North today and to develop their own artistic skills.”

Tickets for the private view are £10 from info@newlights.org.uk, with proceeds going to the New Lights.

Artists exhibiting work include Mark Demsteader, perhaps best known for his portraits of the model Erin O’Connor, the actress Emma Watson and the ballet dancer Marianela Núñez; acclaimed landscape painters James Naughton and Debbie Loane; printmaker Hester Cox; and landscape and wildlife artist Emerson Mayes.