Family of incredible artists on show at Harrogate's 108 Fine Art gallery

One of Briain's greatest-ever artistic families will be the focus of a unique exhibition this weekend in a leading Harrogate gallery.

Friday, 28th October 2016, 9:19 am
Updated Monday, 31st October 2016, 8:44 am
Family of artists - The Arnups in York in the 1950s.

In its last nearly two decades of artistic highlights of all shades and descriptions, Harrogate’s 108 Fine Art gallery has enjoyed many memorable moments.But it’s never had a family group exhibition before.Then, the Arnups are no ordinary family.Mick and Sally Arnup were one of the great artistic partnerships in the post-war era in the north of England,Between them, the spheres of painting, ceramics and sculpture flourished.The couple had four talented children – Rebecca, Ben, a ceramicist; Tobias, an art therapist, and Hannah who set up Ballymorris Pottery in Ireland.Now in a new exhibition at 108 Fine Art on Cold Bath Road in Harrogate starting this Saturday, there’s the chance to view the work of all six of the incredible Arnups.The Arnups – A Family of Artists will run until November 19 and will represent all their many facets – from Mick Arnup’s gorgeous Portrait in Red in oil from 1971 to the perfect details in bronze of Sally Arnup’s Wiemaraner.Having met originally in 1943 at Kingston College of Art, Mick and Sally Arnup married while post-graduates at the Royal College of Art.In 1957, they moved to York to build their home and their studios at Holtby.For the next six decades their talents flourished while they both taught at York Art School; building their own reputations and that of the school itself, Mick in painting and ceramics, Sally with her beautiful animal sculptures.Sally’s work is well represented around York, such as the calf in the courtyard of The Kings Manor.Her commissions came from customers worldwide, including Prince Philip.But neither she nor Mick ever turned their back on York. Sally even set an Oxfam shop in the city at the end of the 1950s.Always a trailblazer, she shone until the end, dying last December at the age of 85.But her work endures and you can see it in its family context – Sally, Mick, Tobias, Ben, Hannah and Rebecca all together again at 108 Fine Art.