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Award-winning, international artist Shanthamani Muddaiah celebrates untold stories from the rural Yorkshire Dales this Autumn. Settle Stories presents her new exhibition, Life in Our Hands, a commission that captures a moment of  time in a rural community.

Shanthamani visited Yorkshire for the first time in June 2019 as artist-in-residence with Settle Stories to begin her journey. She toured Settle and surrounding areas visiting farmers, mechanics, gravediggers and those whose profession and contribution has shaped the landscape. Through informal yet intimate conversation, participants shared their stories with Shanthamani as she cast their hands.

Hand casting process created an intimate space where honest conversation could flourish, whilst the casts themselves preserve the hands that have made a mark on this community. At this bold and unique exhibition sculptures are presented alongside video and text, so visitors can hear, read and see the stories that are central to the Life in Our Hands project.

Sita Brand, Artistic Director & CEO at Settle Stories, accompanied Shantamani on all her interviews, she commented, It has been an extraordinary experience for me. It has allowed me to hear stories from many unrecognised people in our community. Stories we don’t often celebrate. Everyone loves the area so much and is committed to the community- that is a very beautiful, moving thing.” 

La Boheme

January 29, 2020 - January 29, 2020

A live satellite screening of the opera, La Boheme from the Royal Opera House in London.

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The Ancient Art of Afghanistan

February 5, 2020 - February 5, 2020

Oriental ceramics expert, Hanne Sutcliffe, examines the “Ancient Art of Afghanistan” at Tennants Garden Rooms, Leyburn. This lecture for The…

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Newberry & Verch

February 6, 2020 - February 6, 2020

Joe Newberry and April Verch are both master musicians, and their Canadian/American duo collaboration is fuelled by a shared passion…

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Othello

February 12, 2020 - February 12, 2020

A live recorded screening of Shakespeare’s Othello from the Globe Theatre.

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Dark Skies Planet Trail

February 14, 2020 - March 1, 2020

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a place where you can find stunning star-filled skies, free from light pollution. Learn…

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Up to Now

February 15, 2020 - February 26, 2020

‘Up to now’ is the exciting first exhibition by Vicky Tucker – an eclectic mix of stunning paintings that mark…

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Coffee Morning

February 15, 2020 - February 15, 2020

An informal drop-in for coffee and cake in the schoolroom at the back of the chapel. Disabled access & facilities…

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