New Photography Workshops

July photography workshops now listed. Please note that there will not be any during August. Don’t panic, they will re-start in September.

gold torn leaf matt

Photoshop – Leaf by Matt Gartside


Next Exhibition: Alistair Isle

Alistair Isle 1st-30th April 2016 at Studio22B & Gallery

Our next exhibition, and our first featuring a guest artist at 22B, is recent works by Alistair Isle. It opens on the 1st April with a private view in the evening. It is on for the whole month. We are really looking forward to this show. Alistair’s paintings are witty, surreal and painted with a  scintillating palette. We think that you will enjoy them too. Here is a taster.

More Waves and Ripples

A second chance to catch the show at Studio22B

We had a great time at Artsmill and were sad to leave. Invigilating the exhibition and talking to visitors about our work was both interesting and motivating. We got really good feedback and comments which has given us a boost and a positive start to 2016.

Our pictures (minus sold pieces!) are now back ‘home’ at 22B and we will be hanging them over the next week, to open on Thursday 25th February at our usual time of 2-6pm.

Romanian Lives exhibition raises £153


Dr Kathy Tedd receiving the cheque and framed photograph from Matt.

We travelled to Bingley to meet Dr Kathy Tedd from Jubiliee Outreach Yorkshire. This charity is still going strong supporting Romanian people with practical help. It started with Dr Tedd supporting a Romanian doctor who, thanks to the vagaries of the Ceaucescu regime, only had a very basic medical kit and no drugs at all, and has ended up with entire hospitals and support centres for vulnerable people across Romania. Learn more about their work here.

It was a very emotional exprience for Matt as it was the first time he had been able to talk to someone else who knew what it was like out in Romania in those conditions, for over 20 years. Dr Tedd put names to faces in Matt’s photographs and added her own anecdotes to his.

Thank you to every one that donated.



Here are the winning tickets for the
Romanian Lives raffle:

First  White 476 – Mr Ian A      
Ian gets to choose one of Matt’s pictures from the Romanian Lives exhibition.

Second  White 117Jonathon
Jonathon gets to choose an ACTelfer A3
mounted print.

Third  Green 9 – Doris
Doris gets a ‘baker’s dozen’ of Studio22B
artist greeting cards.

Raffle Ticket Numbers

We will be in touch with the prize winners to organize a time to come to the studio to choose their prizes.

Thank you to all of you who bought tickets and came to the talk. We have raised £153 for Jubilee Outreach Yorkshire.

You can still donate by buying one of the pictures from the exhibition. They are £125 each, including the handmade oak frame. Matt will donate £50 from each sale to J.O.Y.

Romanian Lives Exhibition:- Charitiy raffle for Romania

by Matt Gartside

and help us raise money for Jubilee Outreach Yorkshire.

Win your choice of a framed picture from the Romanian Lives Exhibition. All you have to do is enter the raffle. The tickets are £1 for 5.  Matt is also donating £50 to J.O.Y.from each framed picture sold!

Second prize is a mounted A3 A.C. Telfer print of your choice, third prize a ‘bakers dozen’  of Telfer & Gartside artist cards (winner chooses).

Not only has Matt taken the photos, but he has also printed and framed them. The frames are handmade out of recycled oak floor boards.

To enter, call into the studio, use the contact form below or email We will then contact you to arrange payment. To find out more about the exhibition click here.

Come to The Grand Opening of the new studio and gallery.

Gallery setting


Our new space is nearly ready and pretty spiffy its looking too. Come and marvel at it this weekend, chat to the artists, have a drink and slice of cake. The walls and floors are painted (you can see what fun Aly had below!) and the all important lighting, designed by Matt, has lit up Soughbridge Mill. Then all we have to do is hang some pictures and set up the Darkside Photography studio. Aly is already installed in her painting studio annexe, which will also be open to view.

We have two dates to choose from, Sunday daytime or Thursday evening. On the Thursday evening Matt will be running a photography workshop (portraits) which you are welcome to observe. To join in the workshop properly, please follow the link to book. Aly will be on hand for chats and tea making.

There will be original artworks, prints and cards by painter ACTelfer and photographer Matt Gartside of Darkside Photography

Countdown – Day Two.

An exciting day today in transforming a corner of a grotty mill into a sanctuary of creativity – the floor got painted. And rather lush it is looking too. There was a classic ‘Some Mothers do ‘ave ’em’ moment at the end when Aly foolhardily decided to re-enter across the wet floor to retrieve the paint tin lid. It turns out that wet oil-based paint on a smooth floor has NO FRICTION what so ever and within half a second she was flat on her face sliding across the floor like a human curling stone. As no purchase could be achieved on the floor, she had to crawl out, covered in paint with a sore elbow. Shamefully, there were expletives.

Studio&Gallery22B – work in progress

We have been working on our new digs. The new space should be rather lovely by the time we have finished. Our first job is filling annoying cracks and bumps in ceiling, walls and floors. Then we will be on to painting. We are going for white and just a couple of shades of grey – hence the monochromatic theme to this post.

Our home-made blinds, made on my Grandma’s 1951 festival of Britain Singer Sewing machine, will be coming from the old studio. There will be four main areas. One for mount cutting and ‘putting in’, a retail area for prints and cards, and the two main ones of a gallery wall for framed work and a photographer’s studio for portraits, studio shoot and workshops.

We are aiming to be in at the beginning of July and definitely all ship shape for our grand ‘Open Studio&Gallery Warming’ on Sunday July 19th. Watch this space for more details of this event. If you’re wondering where the painter is going to be, she’s next door in a self contained messy space/padded cell.