“Creativity takes courage” – Henri Matisse


It’s a glorious Saturday in the month of May, wall to wall sunshine, birds tweeting, a gentle breeze and here we are trying to write an interesting blog that everyone will want to read! Blogging is a new experiment for us, and to be honest haven’t a clue what we are doing,  but as the old saying goes nothing ventured nothing gained.


We will start our blogging life with a little introduction. Leck Gallery is a contemporary art gallery set in the beautiful surroundings of Leck. If you have never been to this hidden corner of the Country you
have missed out on a treat. Tucked away between the Lakes and the Dales, Leck is a farming community blessed with the most glorious views. We are just up the road from Cowan Bridge, a lovely little village which lies just a couple of miles east of Kirkby Lonsdale. Cowan bridge famed for its link with the Brontes but it is also famed for its scrumptious tea rooms which sees regular visits from Japanese visitors following a full page article in a Japanese magazine.


Last night saw the opening of our exhibition by Kenneth Leech. Like today the weather was also on our side, it was a lovely balmy evening, with mouthwatering canapés and tantalising glasses of prosecco to tempt our guests. It was a great evening and everyone enjoyed themselves, it was also good to welcome new and old faces into the gallery and a pleasure to have the artist himself there to tell us more about his work. Kenneth’s exhibition will be here until the 17th June, then it will be all change and we will welcome artist Elspeth Mackenzie.


For those of you who prefer the literary world, we have an inspiring course coming up in June looking at the works of the Brontes, or if you would prefer to try your hand at painting, in August, we will be running a picnic and painting course where we will spend the day in privately owned ‘Black Wood’ with tutor Elspeth Mackenzie. It will be a great day, we are really looking forward to it and hopefully the weather will still be as glorious. Look out for more details soon.


Here’s to the first of our many blogs.

Black Wood