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Archived Middlehaven Exhibitions

Memories of Middlesbrough Exhibition

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 21/01/2017 – 28/01/2017
Admission: Free

Pythongallery is very pleased to announce an exhibition of images and information detailing the local history of Middlesbrough by the Memories of Middlesbrough group.

(More details to follow)

Derek English: An Approach to Drawing

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 25/11/2016 – 06/01/2017
Admission: Free

pythongallery would like to cordially invite you along to the last, (but by no means least), Private view of this ever so successful year.


On Friday 25th November we will be launching ‘An approach to Drawing’ by Derek English, from 6:30 – 9pm.


It presents a very warm and welcome return to the gallery by Derek English who has shown in the gallery before to very appreciative praise. Most familiar to all by his abstracted landscape paintings and print work, Derek has agreed that this exhibition will showcase a little seen, but massively important side of his creative output which is focused on the primary act of drawing.


Spanning his whole creative working career, the work on display gives an intimate and thoughtful insight into the mastery of a medium and the sheer breadth of his drawing ability. It will show many works that have never been exhibited before and perhaps, works that will only fit into the context of this exhibition, so may never be seen again.


I promise that there will be something for every visitor to appreciate in this exhibition and I am delighted to be ending this year with it.


As always, the refreshments will be delivered perfectly by the wonderful TP Coffehouse. So come early and enjoy the beautiful work, the delicious food and the gratis wine!


I would also like to wish you all a Happy Yule and a Wonderful New year!


Cheer, Peter


P.s. Please feel free to spread this info far and wide.

Richard Piers Rayner Exhibition

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 29/10/2016 – 19/11/2016
Admission: Free

Richard Piers Rayner is Middlesbrough born and bred. A third generation Boro supporter (his Granddad bought a house in Tavistock St because of it’s proximity to Ayresome Park), he’s been attending matches since a 2-0 victory over Liverpool in the old 2nd division in October, 1961. (So he knows what it is to suffer.) He illustrated the 300 pages of the graphic novel Road to Perdition that led to the faithful screen adaptation by Sam Mendes that starred Tom Hanks. His previous credits for the American publishing giant, DC Comics, include work on Hellblazer (for which he won the Best Newcomer Award at the San Diego Comic Convention in 1989), Batman, Swamp Thing, LEGION and Doctor Fate. For Marvel Comics US, he illustrated Captain America: Red White and Blue, and for Marvel UK, Doctor Who: Evenings Empire. He set the latter in Middlesbrough, featuring well known landmarks in the background of the story. Such as, the Transporter Bridge, Linthorpe Rd and Ayresome Park. The villain’s lair is based on the old family home in Linthorpe. This book has recently been re-published by Panini Comics and Rayner has contributed a substantial body of new material. He was Artist in Residence at Middlesbrough Football Club from 2000 to 2016 building up an illustrated history of the club from 1876 to the present that is unprecedented. He also wrote and illustrated Middlesbrough FC: the Unseen History, published by Breedon Books in 2008. 

The Past is Forever; Ian Taylor Exhibition

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

When: 09/09/2016 – 14/10/2016
Admission: free

Ian Taylor; ‘The Past is Forever’ exhibition


The award winning pythongallery in Middlesbrough is pleased to announce it is launching a new show by Artist Ian Taylor on 9thSeptember, with an opening event from 6:30pm.

Ian who has lived in New Zealand for many years now spent his formative years on Teesside.

He says, “ I was raised on a council estate in Dormanstown in the 50’s and 60’s. They were halcyon days for me. Football in the streets, a working class community of steel and I.C,I. Workers. A secure environment in which to grow”

The work of Ian Taylor speaks eloquently of a life spent collecting impressions from multiple visual and cultural sources.

Like a fine tuning of divergent experiences, there exists in his work a stunning visual synergy between past and present.

Ian says, “ My work tries to reflect a genuine love of the area I grew up in and all the cultural influences that have affected me in some way. The Beatles, my beloved Boro, John Ford westerns, Dylan, Miles Davis, Bartok, Beckmann and Play for Today. It is a very personal journey that sees the past as forever. 

Peter Heselton, the curator of the gallery saya about Ian’s work, “Many of the works seem almost at a hazy pictorial point, a cross roads between the solidity of the past and the expression of a nostalgia that informs the present .There is a mythology at work here, which although personal is far from private or exoteric, it welcomes the viewe and engages with recognisable and familiar themes and sources in a playful and conversational way”.

This will actually be Ian’s first exhibition on Teesside and includes paintings and drawings spanning his career. He is flying over later this month to be at the opening.

Ian has never lost his love for the North East, for its places and it’s people, and with this exhibition at pythongallery he is certainly making a triumphant return.

War & Peace

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

When: 11/06/2016 – 26/08/2016
Admission: Free

On Saturday 11th June, from 1-3pm we are officially launching a new show entitled War and Peace, by the Artist Kevin Weaver.
Kevin is an astonishing artist based in Cumbria who works in painting and other media to produce works that deal with quite profound subject matter.  There are particularly two strands that run through this show, one dealing with Kevin’s traumatic time spent as a war reporter for such papers as the Independent, the Guardian and The New Statesman and the other thread concentrates on his love of Landscape and the beauty and power of Nature.
The show is a very powerful dialogue between these two aspects of the world and is handled with a humanistic and thoughtful approach.
It really is a ‘must see’ exhibition.
We are also really pleased to be launching another show in our Upstairs space by Local Artist Shaun Eliott, featuring his vibrant, urban and idiosyncratic work on found and recycled material.

Margaret Williams Exhibition

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 23/04/2016 – 03/06/2016
Admission: Free

By Popular Demand we have extended this show until 3rd June. Come along and see a  truely amazing exhibition that crosses the boarders of fine art and work perceived as craft
We would cordially like to invite you to the next amazing private view at pythongallery.
On Saturday 23rd April we launch an incredible exhibition by the very talented Margaret Williams entitled ‘Drawn Threads’
The exhibition features selections from the various strands of Margaret’s multi faceted career which illustrate through her engagement with textiles, drawing, mixed media and photography how an ever changing and mercurial perspective can positively alter and transform an artist’s creative practice beyond the limitations of working in one idiom.
Refreshments will be provided by our great in gallery partners T P CoffeeHouse, so come along and help us celebrate this exciting and rewarding show.

Miranda Richmond New Works

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 04/03/2016 – 08/04/2016
Admission: FREE

Hello, We would like to invite you to the next astounding exhibition at pythongallery.

On Friday 4th of March from 6:30 until 8pm we are Launching our new show, Miranda Richmond, New Works.

This exhibition focuses on a number or recent large scale drawn works by Miranda which are physically expressive, commanding and emotionally absorbing. Each piece is developed through her own particular visual vocabulary and although created through often traditional means and observation they are powerfully non conformist and idiosyncratic in their delivery. The work is both fugitive and self explanatory, solid and transitory and requires the viewer to look deeply at the surface and the content to find meaning.

Born in Buckinghamshire, Miranda Richmond has lived and worked in Middlesbrough for 21 years .Before that she was located in in rural North Yorkshire. Landscapes have formed a large part of her work, and more recently she has moved into depicting iconic and emotional portraits and figure drawings.

This exhibition will feature a number of recent large figure compositions packed with emotional drive and creative dexterity as well as representations of  landscapes and portraiture.

Miranda Richmond has exhibited widely in the North-East and elsewhere and has work in many private collections.

It is truly an exhibition that you must see.

If you enjoy this exhibition please come to a further display of work by appointment, at Albert Terrace, Middlesbrough,  including landscapes, drawings, watercolours and sketches.

Please contact me on 07955372829 or email to arrange a time for viewing

For further information and images of work please visit:


Ray Husband and Pauline Kenny Exhibition

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 18/01/2016 – 26/02/2016
Admission: free

Happy New Year from pythongallery,

We would very much like to invite you to the first exhibition opening of the new year on Friday 22nd January 6=8:30.

The show is an exuberant and painterly display of the work of two artists based in the rural North east.

Ray Husband’s work has recently been on show in the Loacalism Exhibition at Mima and in the Selfhoods Exhibition at Teesside University’s Constantine Gallery


Ray Husband uses colour, line and texture to capture his own experience of his rural and industrial surroundings. The paintings incorporate some visual references such as buildings, hills and the sea to orientate the observer, but the other forms are largely abstract, suggesting his emotional response to his everyday environment.

Pauline Kenny’s paintings look below the surface of her enviroment, using colour to create a

mood and line to contain the disorder of the land. They spring from the earth as a garden
would. Allowing the atmosphere to be reflected. Contained in a balance between the
conscious and subconscious world

The show is vibrant, fresh and stimulating and is sure to be a success with all our visitors, so we hope that you will be able to join us and help celebrate this launch and the beginning of another strong year for the gallery.

Refreshments will be served from 6pm.

Kind regards, Peter Heselton

PS Please feel free to share this invitation with all who may like to attend.

Glenn Middleton Exhibition

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 06/11/2015 – 15/01/2016
Admission: Free

We would very much like to invite you to attend the opening of the final exhibition of this year at pythongallery.

On Friday 6th of November from 6-8:30pm we officially launch an astounding exhibition by North East Artist Glenn Middleton.

The show features Paintings and Drawings which are exceptional in their precision and technique but which also scrutinise the very nature of being human. Truly engaging and thought provoking Glenn’s work has to be seen in the flesh to be really appreciated.

We Hope you will be able to attend and help us celebrate this stunning and intriguing show and the continuing work the gallery does to bring some of the most amazing talent working in contemporary art to Middlesbrough.

Refreshments will be servd and local parking is free after 6pm.

Very kind regards, Peter Heselton

Ps Please feel free to circulate this invitation to your contacts.

Of his work Glenn says:
The paintings are based on photographs taken from newspapers, video and television.

The fascination lies not only in the content; the subject and what it might say about our culture, but also in its availability to us as passive consumers. We can use any image without permission or negotiation with the original subject because the need and means with which to share have made it public property. This is liberating, exhilarating and disturbing in equal measures. We become intruders, voyeurs and we cannot look away from the glare of such aggressive intimacy. The source photographs are bad, small scale, poor quality with no regard for formal considerations, such as composition. There is a feeling within of fracture and dislocation which can be seen as a metaphor for the broken society of such tabloid hysteria but it is the colour and light that is ultimately seductive and compelling.

The drawings are based on photographs of men of my age or older. They are made with pencil, pastel, charcoal and conte crayon. The photographs were taken during conversations reflecting on a shared indelible past, the uncertain future and obliquely, our own mortality.

Monochrome provides both a contrast to and a respite from the paintings which run concurrently. The close scrutiny of details using the point or edge of the stick is balanced by passages created using fingertips to mix and move the dry material around. Like the paintings, the primary concern is to search for patterns of light and shadow that form an equivalent for what is seen in the photograph when viewed from a distance and then up close.

Improvisation is essential, creating a tension between the back and forth. During the process the need to retain a likeness is born out of respect for the subject rather than a desire to mimic the photograph. Again, the irony of working in such an intimate, tactile and physical way upon the surface on an image of another man’s face is keenly felt and, at times, seems absurd. The question being asked of friends, acquaintances, colleagues and ‘mates’: is how deeply can we know each other, how much do we reveal?


Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: pythongallery
When: 29/09/2015 – 30/10/2015
Admission: Free



2 – 30 October 2015


Private View: 16 October, 6-8.30pm


Meet the Artists Event: 20 October, 11am-1pm


Emma Bennett

Jan Sopher


This exhibition looks at how maps and journeys have informed the current work of artists Emma Bennett and Jan Sopher.

The artworks complement each other in relation to their materials, processes and methodologies.

Old maps and prayer flags encounter marker pens and stitched messages in a show that unites the artists’ individual practices.



Emma Bennett


The work shown in this exhibition continues my interest in using old charts and employing early triangulation methods to plot personal journeys that are informed by travel, memory and personal connections. The levels of opacity within the coloured areas of the drawings and paintings relate to how vivid my recollection may be.

Reworking some of my map drawings into paintings I aim to create a connection between the works shown. Like distant memories, the paintings trace journeys taken which are not as evident as in the original drawings. The painted surface is assembled using a process of selection and deconstruction of form and colour which is then rebuilt into precise structures.

Jan Sopher


The grid in one form or another is a recurring visual device in my practice. In this body of work it expresses latitude and longitude, the imaginary lines, which measure out the surface of the earth and define location and time zones.


Maps employ these virtual grids but additionally have signs and symbols representing real features and landmarks. They are invaluable for anyone preparing for a journey whether physical or spiritual, business or meeting loved ones. For many, they have been superseded by modern technology but a map and a compass will always be a reliable means of navigation.


The work in this exhibition encompasses many journeys and connections I have made as an individual, a tourist, a pilgrim, a friend, an artist and a mother.

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