Past Exhibitions

A flyer that for Ripon Museums Creative Conversations. At the top a logo reading Ripon Museums with images of people in bright bold colours from Victorian Britain. The logo is small and at the top left corner. There are image panels down the front of the flyer. The first image at the top is an over-the shoulder perspective of a picture of a family that says "A Poor Victorian Family". The next panel is a bold text panel that says "Ripon Museums Creative Conversations". Below that is a watercolour image of a group of 10 people standing in front of a Victorian building and some of the people are in Victorian clothing. The next panel is a bold text panel that says "Join us on Saturday 12 March to celebrate the unveiling of a new installation in response to ideas and artistic creation from a group of local young people." The final panel is an image of a person's hands playing an old piano. The piano has a logo on it which says R.OBERLANDT.
A flyer for Ripon Museums Creative Conversations. riponmuseums.co.uk Event Location - The Day Room. 12 March 2022 11am - 3.30pm. In January 2022 a group of young adults studying at Evolve College engaged in Creative Conversations about Fairness with Newcastle-based visual and community artist Rachel Eleanor Brook. An artist film presentation and installation of the conversations and ideas produced by the group will be unveiled during Sights and Sounds of Ripon 2022 in the Workhouse Museum Day Room. Meet the Artist and be part of the Creative Conversation. To celebrate this unveiling there will be a number of engagement opportunities throughout the day in response to the Creative Conversations theme of Fairness. Join the conversation and contribute to the artistic response through collective idea mapping (add your thoughts to a shared idea board and be part of the installation). There will also be illustration and colouring activities for all ages on the theme of Fairness, considering past residents of Ripon Workhouse and present day understandings of social justice and poverty. Imagine Create Discuss.

Ripon Museums Creative Conversations

Gary Carter X Rachel Brook at High Bridge Works

17 Jan – 17 Feb 2022. Abstract acrylic, oil and mixed media works from two generations of North-East Artists exploring the use of bold shape and colour and experimental approaches to image production.

High Bridge Works | Gary Carter | Rachel Brook


Behold was a mixed media abstract visual art exhibition that ran between 22 July – 29 July 2021, displaying a body of work produced throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic in response to an abstract exploration of dimensional space and colour as metaphor for shifting socio-political perspectives on diversity of ability and knowledge in the age of information.

This was the first exhibition at B&D Studios since March 2020 due to UK COVID-19 restrictions and one of the last solo exhibitions in both B&D Studios and Commercial Union House before the building closed as part of Newcastle City Council’s capital redevelopment plans.

The exhibition title is a shortened version of the main exhibition image “Behold The Tesseract”. It is a celebration of the tesseract (or hyper cube), a four dimensional shape that can be observed from multiple perspectives. Each time you view the shape you see something new, observing the shape from multiple angles, considering the different interconnected cubes forming the whole shape and the central point of focus, seemingly changing position before your eyes or when you look again.

When explored artistically the shape offers both challenges in its construction and opens doorways to new avenues of visual experimentation.

As a visual artist and arts freelancer I produce abstract visual art, artist film/moving-image and digital art.

“I began to think philosophically about the tesseract during the first UK lockdown and what it represented to me about my understanding of the world and the lives of so many people interlinked by common ground and yet fragmented by individual experience

In the confusion and uncertainty of the pandemic the tesseract offered me an avenue of structure and boundaries in form whilst representing diversity of thought in the multiple viewable perspectives. One can have two or more opposing thoughts at one time and value (or reject) all equally. I feel like we exist right now in this pivotal moment in history where polarised sociopolitical consciousness is becoming more blurred and spherical.”

My artist film work presents a range of dream-like perspectives, often combining surrealism with art documentary. I live with an invisible disability that impacts my sleep, physical and mental energy levels and mental health. The more personal aspects of this work include approaches to the visual and ambient perspectives of living with Narcolepsy.