SAVE THE DATE! Workshop and Special Events at 22B.

  • LIFE DRAWING (nude model) – DROP IN SESSION. Tuesday 21st July, 7 – 9.30pm. £10 – pay on the night. For more details and booking click here.
  • 22B GALLERY & STUDIO SPECIAL OPEN DAY, Sunday 19th July.
    We are moving – but only down the corridor. This will be your first opportunity to see our new space – or rather spaces as Aly has a separate space for gloriously messy painting in splendid solitude and Matt has a pristine photography studio which will also be a gallery for both of us and maybe other artists in the future.


Natural Eye

Ice Matt Gartside 22" x 33"

If you want an excuse for a trip to Clitheroe to take in the tearooms, charity shops and quirky independent retailers, you must go to see Matt’s exhibition at Longitude Gallery in Clitheroe. It is called ‘Natural Eye’ and Matt has 7 important, large and best of all beautiful pieces in it. Its a really interesting exhibition comprising of 4 photographers each with a different approach. It is comparatively rare for a British gallery to promote photography so well done to Andy and Sarah at Longitude.

It opened on Saturday 10th and is on throughout January and February. Matt does all his own printing and has even made the frames using upcycled wood which harmonise beautifully with the subject matter. They are glued together with blood, sweat and tears and are retailing at £295. There are smaller mounted prints in the galleries browser from £50. Here are some photos from the opening today.


longitude 1    Longitude 2   Longitude 3


Aly is also looking forward to exhibiting at Longitude, hopefully sometime around May. Watch this space!

The Drawing Office

Here’s our studio half a century ago when it was the drawing office of Bristol Tractors. That’s half a century of pencil wielding at 22B. Come and see how things have changed by popping into the studio. You can come to a workshop, Open Studio, exhibition or just call in. If the A board is out we are open!

drawing boardbeerandfags

With thanks to Earby Local History Society for the pictures.

Invitation – Open Studio Saturday 8th November 2014


Pop in any time between 10 and 6 on Saturday. We will once again be doing workshops. Aly will be doing unorthodox things with acrylic paint and Matt will be having fun with freeze frame action photography. Just turn up and join in. It is up to you if you prefer just to peruse the art, have a brew or have a go at a workshop. It is free entry but if you wish to tick a few names off your Xmas shopping list by getting them a calendar or a print whilst simultaneously supporting local artists we won’t stop you! We look forward to seeing you.



October Bulletin

Take Off by Matt Gartside.

It has been a busy time in and out of the studio for both of us. Matt has been photographing work for various artists, including painters, illustrators and stonemasons. Many of these will become published giclee prints, which he can now offer up to A1. He has also been out and about on various commissions including photographing paragliders for Burnley Magazine and community arts events. He is also about to start a series of three photography workshops for adults at Burnley Youth Theatre. Each session is a stand alone so its not too late to join in. As well as commisioned and teaching work he has also been busy editing his personal work, some of which will be on display at our next Open Studio. This is on Saturday November 9th 10 am – 6pm. As in the September one we will be doing workshops again – watch this space for details.

Take Off by Matt Gartside.

Take Off by Matt Gartside.

Work in Progress

More rocks, ACTelfer charcoal, pastel and ink. Work in progress.

Work in Progress

More Jackdaws Acrylic on primed card. Work in progress.

In the studio, Aly has been getting on with a couple of oil paintings, drawings using charcoal, pastels plus whatever else is handy, and some acrylics. She recently exhibited at the Central Lancashire Art Fair in New Longton and can be found at Otley Artisan Fair the last weekend of October (Sunday 10-1) and Kelbrook Art Fair the first weekend of November. Otley is in The Courthouse and the fair is actually in what was what the courtroom. The building is now an arts centre. The farmers market in Otley is on the same day, so a good little trip out. Kelbrook is a in the village hall and consists invited quality stalls. As an added bonus there is rather lovely homemade cake in the cafe too.


September Open Studio – report.

Thanks to all who came to our September Open Studio. It was the first time we had offered workshops at an open studio day and we were really pleased with the response. We had a steady stream of visitors all day, and it was great to see new faces amongst the old friends. Visitors enjoyed interacting with both activities and it is definitely something we will do again.

One of our visitors was 14 year old Megan from Long Preston. She really enjoyed setting up, shooting and editing some photographs of stones under Matt’s expert tutelage and spent a long time getting it all exactly to her liking.  Here she is hard at work along with the finished product.

Megan working hard at editing her image.

Megan working hard at editing her image.

Hints and tips from Matt.

Hints and tips from Matt.

Any suggestions for titles?

In the pen and ink workshop, sisters Tara and Caitlin enjoyed exploring a new medium. Only one bottle of ink was spilt the whole day – though by an adult, not them! – which was less than Aly manages when working on her own. Both workshops were enjoyed by both children and adults.

Tara and Caitlin enjoying the pen and ink workshop.

Tara and Caitlin enjoying the pen and ink workshop.Tara and Caitlin each completed a wonderful streamwalk in pen and ink. They were quite rightly really proud of them.

Our next one is the second weekend of November as Alyson is at Kelbrook Art Fair the first weekend. We are hoping to offer workshops again. And the traditional home made (by Aly) cake.  Please note that there is no Open Studio in October due to other commitments.

Workshop fodder for the masses - let them eat cake.

Workshop fodder for the masses – let them eat cake.

Open Studio with drop in workshops, Saturday September 6th, 10 a.m to 6 p.m.

We are kicking off our new season of Open Studios the first Saturday of September. As well as the usual exhibition, prints,cards and of course home made cake, we are also doing workshops. These are on a drop-in basis – no need to book, just turn up and take a seat.

Aly is doing a pen and ink workshop. This is £2 for materials and you could walk away with your own streamwalk masterpiece as well as new techniques and ideas.

Do your own 'streamwalk' picture using acrylic inks.

Do your own ‘streamwalk’ picture using acrylic inks.

Matt is doing table top/close up photography with emphasis on composition. Give your photography a shot in the arm with new ways of seeing as well as new technical skills. Giclee prints available to order of your work, printed by Matt. Camera equipment supplied.

Get some expert advice from Darkside photography.

Get some expert advice from Darkside photography.

Both workshops are suitable for children (of school age) and adults – no matter how long it is since you left school. Any questions, use the contact form below or email

Open Studio Latest

Thanks to all those who came to our June Open Studio.

This will be our last one until September 6th as we are both off on holidays at varying times throughout the summer. There will be one or the other of us around most of the summer so if you wish to call in just ring 0777 3583072 or 07803 151699 for an appointment. Or, if you’re passing and the A-board is out, just pop in.

We were really pleased that quite a few local people from Kelbrook and Sough called in and liked us enough to ask to be on our mailing list. Just fill in the contact form at the bottom of this post to do the same.

Regal Purple

Regal Purple

Mademoiselle X

Mademoiselle X

It was also good to see Matt in full portrait photography mode as he was doing a ‘Prom Dress Special’. Some of the local soon to be high school graduates turned up in their prom dresses and finery for a photo shoot as classy and elegant as them.

Above are a couple of the results.

If you would like to book a Prom Dress Special photoshoot ring Matt on 0780 315 1699. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes at the studio and costs just £15. This offer is available until the end of the school term. This includes an A4 print of your favourite shot. Extra prints are from £10 for an A4, £15 for an A3.  Discounts for runs of 3 or more.

Work in Progress

Work in Progress