Bils & Rye

Bils & Rye
5 Market Place, Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire, YO62 6AB
  • Telephone 01439 748392
  • Opening times Mon, Tue & Thu–Sat 10am–5pm; closed Wed & Sun.
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  • Website www.bilsandrye.com
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Bils & Rye

An inspiring art gallery in the heart of North Yorkshire exhibiting eye-catching contemporary sculpture and exquisite ceramics from some of the UK’s finest artists and makers.

The relaxed environment allows visitors to explore and engage with an inspiring collection of contemporary British ceramics, sculpture and paintings.

Set in one of North Yorkshires most picturesque villages, Bils & Rye specialise in ceramics and sculpture from over 100 established and emerging British artists and designers, making it one of the largest collections of ceramics in the North. More recently, ceramics have arrived from Dubai, Spain and Germany to further bolster the show.

From the Autumn of 2013, the gallery started to show paintings by leading UK based artists. Bils & Rye offers a continually evolving show with 60 plus artists on display, the majority of which is 3D works. Many plaudits have been received for the relaxed style of the gallery as well as the warm welcome and passionate delivery of information.

Owners Kate & Nick encourage hands-on exploration of the works on display and are always happy to discuss and explain works with the same level of passion that was used in their creation. There is always an eclectic mix on work on display, sourced from all over the British Isles. Each item carries key elements of clever design aesthetics and superior build quality.

Bils & Rye are proud of the diverse display of ceramics on offer. With up to 40 ceramicists on show from a selection of nearly 70 it has been said that the display is the largest of it's kind in the North of England. Similar work is underway in the sculpture department with several leading sculptors having their work on display. Kate has been instrumental in bringing in high calibre work from Helen Sinclair and Michael Thacker, both of whom have a vast heritage in contemporary sculpture circles. Where possible the 3d works are given pride of place providing all round accessibility as if in situ in a garden of atrium.

Dotted throughout the gallery space are other 3d oddities like the astoundingly clever paper sculptures of Janie Graham's studio and an eclectic mix of paintings from a variety of established and emerging artists. The key element is that it is not a stuffy atmosphere, many visitors are speechless on first entering the gallery, such is the unexpected presentation. Feedback is appreciated, both positive and negative and from this both the artists and the gallery can grow. All in all, it is an experience many wish to repeat.

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  • Provides: Free wi-fi

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