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Past Exhibitions

Random Stitchers Exhibition Now Extended Until Friday 30th July 2021.

Posted on: July 5th, 2021 by Jodie Athey

With the exhibition being so popular and inspiring to those that have visited, we have chosen to extend the exhibition until Friday 30th July 2021.

Gallery opening hours are Monday – Friday, 9am until 4.45pm.

On-site bistro – Iron Co Coffee House is open until 3pm.

Visit our Facebook page HERE to keep up to date with exhibitions and events.

The Random Stitchers of Cleveland exists to promote and practise the use of stitch and textiles to produce art using a wide range of materials and techniques from simple to sophisticated. The diverse nature of embroidery and stitch has changed greatly over the years and is very creative and exciting. This exhibition shows some of the wide range of techniques, skills, fun, enjoyment and satisfaction members gained producing their textile pieces.

The Random Stitchers hold meetings on the first Saturday of the month, usually with a visiting speaker, at Sunnyfield House in Guisborough at 2.00pm, where visitors are welcome for a small fee. They also hold a Monday morning workshop at the same venue on the 2nd Monday of the month, although covid restrictions have prevented these from going ahead of late.

Everyone is welcome to join the group and they try to cater for all abilities and tastes. All you need is an interest. They are a friendly approachable group and would be delighted to help you. Gillian Garrod can be contacted via email:

Marlene Shenton Artwork

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 19/02/2020 – 31/05/2020
Admission: Free









Pythongallery is pleased to be hosting an exhibition of varied work by local Artist Marlene Shenton

Marlene Shenton

I belong to a family of 5 girls and 3 boys, myself being the second oldest I lead a very busy life.

I left school when I was 15 years old.

Worked at Ayresome Infant School helping teachers and my own small class of children who needed extra help with reading and writing.

I married at 18 years old I was married 25 years have 2 sons now 55 & 56 years old, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

I lived on my own for 24 years. I had a very busy life. I owned 5 shops (Florists) I am a qualified hairdresser and florist.

I remarried unfortunately my Husband died of cancer after 2 years of marriage.

I have a Bichon Frise called Rose who is 7 years old.

I have been interested in art all my life.

I am self-taught I have attended a Bob Ross (oil) workshop – A Mike Draper (Watercolour) class – I am a Member of Darlington Society of Art – I attend a Thursday art class held by Geoff L Wilson. I work in different mediums, pastels, Acrylic.

My hobbies – Reading, walking, sewing, cooking, Music (I play the keyboard).

Derek English Graphic Origins Exhibition

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 29/11/2019 – 31/01/2020
Admission: Free

We would love to warmly invite you to come and experience the dynamic and mesmerising riot of colour and abstract form that is our last exhibition of 2019, featuring new work from much respected local artist Derek English.

Graphic Origins

The earliest influence in my development as an Artist was a Saturday morning ‘O’ level Technical Drawing class. Equipped as I was with my father’s draughtsman’s instruments I found it relatively easy and enjoyed the discipline. Even on a Saturday morning!

Once at College, training to be an “Art” teacher, I fell under the spell of Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely. I was introduced to masking tape and strong colour and the science of colour manipulation, its relationships and reactions.

My career as an Art teacher however then took priority and my personal art work became based on my love of landscape especially the mountains which I frequently visited with students and friends.

When I retired from teaching I continued to work on mountains as a basis for an MA in fine art and life beyond. Eventually I was drawn back to graphic work still using the, now old, instruments to create the network on which I could once again play with colour contrasts and combinations which would visually challenge an observer. I have always been keen to make the observer respond and react to my work, there is more to it than first meets the eye.

A number of years ago I became ill and was not inclined to continue working. However some gentle persuasion from friends got me back to work in a small way at first and it was fun. Although mostly “colouring in” it got me working again and I was soon making plans for larger pictures that whilst remaining fun were also exciting and visually challenging.

Grounded by Connor ShIields

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 20/09/2019 – 08/11/2019
Admission: Free

We would like to invite you to the launch of the next amazing exhibition at pythongallery.
The new show entitled, Grounded, is an exhibition featuring the sculpture and video work of Middlesbrough born artist Connor Sheilds. It  opens on Friday 20th September from 6.30 to 8.30 pm.

Connor Shields’ work fully embraces the role of the artist as a respondent to the fractious nature of current times. Drawing from personal experience, Connor pertinently illuminates tensions between social, emotional, political and queer agendas.


Through an amalgamation of found and created materials, the work develops as a sculptural response to the everyday forces that shape our sense of the ‘individual’. An investigation of industrial materials and craft techniques realises a visually powerful dynamic in which the artist explores ideas and experiences of working-class masculinity.


With subtlety, the work takes issue with the adopted roles that we easily accept and assume, allowing the viewer to unpick these perceptions

Connor  graduated Leeds Arts University in 2018 and in a the short period of time since, he has had a succession of accolades and exhibitions including:
Winning the Graduate Award from Yorkshire Sculpture Park
2 residencies and an exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
He has exhibited multiple times in Leeds, London and his home town of Middlesbrough.
 More information can be found at

As always the opening will be wonderfully supported by our amazing partners TP Coffeehouse.
We hope to see you there to help us celebrate the launch of this powerful and thought provoking show.
Very best wishes, Peter Heselton

Skin to Skin

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 06/07/2019 – 06/09/2019
Admission: Free

An exhibition of art and poetry.
Carmen Marcus wrote a wonderful collection of poetry about the early days of motherhood. The fourth trimester is an intense and sometimes rocky time for parents. I met Carmen in the supermarket with our babies, and we discussed the experiences we were having as new mothers. It was a relief to be able to share, so I asked Carmen to send me her poetry. I was so inspired by the visual imagery they conjured, I began to sketch and illustrate what I was reading.
The subject of maternal mental health came up a lot during our meetings. For this reason, we want to share our art, to make it easier for other parents to discuss their own experiences openly.
Carmen will be displaying her poems, and I will be presenting lots of drawings and paintings.
The subject is a very intimate one, showing a side of being new parents you don’t often see. There will be a space for you to leave notes, sketches, poems of your own, if you wish to. We hope that by telling our stories, others will feel less alone during those 3 am feeds.
A family friendly event, open to everybody, there is a cafe in the gallery, and some toys for young children. The exhibition runs until September, we look forward to meeting lots of you at the launch.
Clare Hansford

Paintings from the Raven Gill Studios

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 17/05/2019 – 28/06/2019
Admission: Free

The pythongallery is very pleased to announce the next show opening at the gallery, which opens on Friday 17th May at 6pm.


Paintings from Raven Gill Studios is a joint show by Artists Pauline Kenny and Ray Husband.

Using oil paint, colour and form come together to imitate nature and become pictures that describe more than reality. Something deeper and lighter, a true reality with meaning that flows out into a dream landscape. Of hope, memory and future. They each have there own story and complex existence.

Pauline Kenny

Ray works mostly in oils, from landscape to portraits. In his work he tries to capture the mood, colour and history, of the subject being painted. His marks can be simple or intricate, whether they factually represent the subject. Is not important. What matters, is his overall interpretation of the image. on. His work leans towards the abstract and expressionist.

Ray Husband

It is an intense and transfixing show, with the work ever changing and winding through styles and methods of depiction that captures both artist’s reaction to landscape and environmental factors.

As always, refreshments will be supplied by the wonderful T P Coffeehouse.

We hope to see you there for a celebration of painting and good company.

About Face. An exhibition by Dianne Bowell

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 15/03/2019 – 26/04/2019
Admission: Free


by Dianne Bowell

Monday 18th of March until Friday 26th of April. 

The work is a retrospective, created in new pieces.

Exploring and revisiting past paintings, projects and ideas.

A nostalgic look at memories of work, thoughts and life events.

An exploration of memory, and that part between real memories and false remembering – was it the photo I remembered, or do I really remember the events?

References are made to artists who have been influences and continue to be. Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Richter, Saville.

Significant life events are explored through painting, past traumas and experiences as well as familial situations.

through the searching investigations of fateful life events, and significant people

The abstraction of the painted surface, the canvas or paper, through the searching investigations of fateful life events, become not only about the subject or object being depicted, but become an object itself, the sides of the canvas, the colour and the drips are equal in significance to the represented “image”.

Pieces are worked and reworked, layered and overlaid, playing with scale, redaction and layering with inks, oils, glazes and varnish all explored to create pieces which are neither traditional nor safe.

All work is for sale, please contact the artist to purchase.

All work will be available for collection or delivery after 29th April 2019.

Dianne Bowell. Room 3, Gilkes Street Artists, 65 Brentnall Street, Middlesbrough, TS15AP

Tel; 07506509149, Email;

Natural World by Random Stitchers

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 26/01/2019 – 08/03/2019
Admission: Free

Hello, and Happy New Year from pythongallery.


As the new year of exhibitions begins,  pythongallery would love to invite you to the first private view of 2019.


On Saturday 26th January from 1pm-3pm we are opening our doors to celebrate the launch of the ‘Random Stitchers’ exhibition entitled ‘Natural World’.


This group show is an incredible, positive testament to the variety of techniques and applications of the creative possibilities that the medium of textiles can produce.


This show Highlights the many techniques employed by each artist to question the subject of ‘The Natural World’, including Felting, Applique, Stumping, Hand and Machine Embroidery and so much more.


It is an inspiring, diverse and engaging exhibition. It is also a brilliant beginning to an amazing new year of exhibitions which we hope that you will attend over the unfolding year.


As always, our opening event will be supported with refreshments from the brilliant TP CoffeeHouse. So please come along and take in some great artwork, some amazing company and a relaxed ambience as we head into 2019.


Very best wishes, Peter Heselton.


P.S. Please feel free to circulate this invite to those who may like to attend.

Spirit of Place 2

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 09/11/2018 – 11/01/2019
Admission: Free

The pythongallery is very pleased to announce it’s next and final exhibition for this year.

It is a visually engaging group show by the Artists of Aim4Art. It is a stunning showcase for this collection of talented Artists and will include painting, drawing and collage amongst other materials.

For more information please see:

aim4art is a voluntary community arts group, formed in 2009, dedicated to pushing our personal artistic boundaries. We aim to paint, aim to draw, aim to create art. We meet every Tuesday (10am-4pm) at The Barn, Hemlington, Middlesbrough, TS8 9DA. We have no regular tutor, but support each other and organise a programme of visits and workshops.

A Taste of Africa

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 05/09/2018 – 29/10/2018
Admission: Free

Hello to you all,

As the summer fades into Autumn and the days get colder and shorter why not come along and bathe in the warmth and vibrant colour of our next exhibition at Pythongallery?

On Friday 14th September from 6pm to 8pm we are proud to be opening our newest show.

‘Come and experience a taste of Africa’

Python gallery is delighted to announce a new exhibition by 2 local artists – Catherine Reed and Barbara Reed. Featuring new works by the artists drawing on their own life and experiences of growing up and living in Africa.Exploring it’s history the show celebrates the beauty and richness of African cultures -along with telling ‘forgotten’ histories. Through the works the exhibition will certainly challenge our own perceptions of history

Artworks include textiles, paintings and sculptures all adding to a dazzling display of colour and textures -this is a must see exhibition for 2018.

As always, the invitation is open to all so please feel free to circulate, admission is free and as usual refreshments will be provided by our wonderful on site cafe, TP Coffeehouse.

So please come along and help us celebrate the launch of this stunning exhibition.

Very best wishes, Peter Heselton

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