More Pennine Skies |Bob Thompson | 06 - 27 May 2017

This Exhibition consists of further paintings originating form Thompson's time spent in the Pennine Hills. When exploring the high Pennine Moors it the sky that dominates the landscape. The land feels insignificant in the overwhelming presence of a threatening storm.

These 'skyscapes' originate from walking and recording such conditions along sections of the Pennine way.


Opening Event, Friday 05 May, 7 - 9pm

WINDOWS | Kate Stewart | 08 April - 30 April 2017

The windows in the Unit 9 gallery in south Square were the starting point for this exhibition. The art on the wall can be wonderful but I often find myself gazing out of the window. I wanted to portray the juxtapositions of the inside and the outside and how we are drawn to the light. This led me onto looking at windows from the outside at dusk when there is light from the inside and outside, and when the inside is dark and the light is reflected.


Opening Event, Friday 07 April, 7 - 9pm

Light View | Viv Owen | 04 March - 02 April 2017

Vivid, gestural oil paintings reveal a fascination with emotional states, with the help of unwitting accomplices captured from feature films and the television screen. Subtle in scale: a whisper in the ear rather than a shout across the room, their textured surfaces contain intriguing hints of the depths of emotion below. Forever given pause, these oil paintings make comment on emotional entanglement with the artificial as a substitute – or perhaps immunisation against- the fluctuating feelings of everyday life.


Opening Event, Friday 03 March, 7 - 9pm

Night Ferry | Brian Rowlands | 10 January - 26 February 2017

Part One (2014) -"The light's gone"

The disappointment expressed by another photographer on deck gave me a perfect title for this collection, shot by incidental light onboard the Pride of York.


Part Two (2016) - A Different Light


Photographs from the same Hull-Zeebrugge ferry exactly two years later, taken as the boat began its voyage.


Opening Event, Friday 03 February 2017

Unit 9’s Third Winter Salon | Group Show | 05 November - 18 December 2016

As the days get darker, Unit 9 artists have put together a lively show of paintings, prints, drawings and photographs, for you to enjoy; you may find the perfect gift for friends and family here too!


Preview Night, Friday 04 November 5 - 9pm

Earth-bound | Nancy Stedman | 08 - 30 October 2016

Underlying rocks and continuing geomorphological processes determine so much of how and where we live. In this country we probably have an unrealistic view of rocks as stable and unchanging. In this exhibition ‘Earth-bound’ Nancy Stedman starts to explore some of the processes that are underway all the time - rock faces cracking apart, soils eroding and accreting, rivers braiding and ponds silting up.

Preview Night, Friday 07 October 7 - 9pm

New Ventures | Denise Oukhaba | 03 September - 02 October 2016

In this latest exhibition -the first of a unit 9 member in what was the Calver gallery, - most recent works bring together embroidered textiles and acrylics in a new adventure of mixed media. The subject matter remains relatively constant whilst the colours and textures are as always vibrant and exciting.

Not the Jerwood | Group Show | 06 - 28 August 2016

For over 20 years now, there has been an annual opportunity for artists across the country to submit drawings for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Having seen the high quality of the works rejected (as well as the works selected) the Unit 9 artists have decided this year to hold their own exhibition of all those drawings not selected, or perhaps not even submitted… and you can vote for your favourite!

Preview Night, Friday 05 August, 7 - 9pm

Picking Up The Pieces | Sylvi Gibbs | 02 - 31 July

A fire that destroyed the textile mill next to her home inspires Sylvi Gibbs’ work. She makes landscapes and abstract pieces using the very last remnants of worsted cloth salvaged from the mill. Through collage, lino cut and photography she celebrates the beauty of the cloth and the sad demise of the mill.

Preview Night, Friday 01 July, 7 - 9pm

North to South | Sue Logan | 04 - 26 June 2016

A series of landscapes by Yorkshire artist Sue Logan, inspired during visits to various locations between the rugged North of Scotland and the sunny South of France.

Preview Night, Friday 03 June, 7 - 9pm

Clowns | Patricia Calver | 07 - 29 May 2016

An exhibition of new paintings based on Calver's fascination with the many facets and contradictions of the clown.

Love them or hate them!

Preview Night, Friday 06 May 7-9pm

Time and Motion | June Russell | 02 April - 02 May 2016

Two recent exhibitions have involved June making drawings responding to aspects of Bradford’s rich textile heritage.

At the Industrial Museum, as part of an 18 month residency with Inkers Printmaking Group, the insistent sound of a loom in motion allowed her to relax into drawing with a loose, abstract feel, making work that was as much about sounds and action of the machines as their visual forms.

In response to 1790s Vint & Gilling hand-drawn designs on paper from the SDC Collection in the Bradford Textil Archive, she produced a very different series of drawings; using the motifs that come to her unbidden when she doodles; her own visual signature. They are in pen, on notepad paper and remain ‘preliminary’.

Into the Woods | John Allcock | 05 - 27 March 2016

Inspired by the title of Stephen Sondheim’s musical, John Allcock’s paintings explore the contrasting associations we attach to “the woods”, both as dangerous places which threaten destruction and as sources of creative energy and new life.

Preview Night, Friday 04 March, 7 - 9pm

This could be anywhere... | Mariel Borst Pauwels | 06 - 28 February 2016

Mixed media work informed by snapshots of the built environment. Reframing these images results in a collection of semi abstract two- and three dimensional pieces of fragments of anonymous places.

Preview Night: Friday 05 February, 7 - 9pm

Moors Meditations | Bill Parker | 09 - 31 January 2016

Recent paintings reflecting Bill's experiences walking every day on the Bronte Moors and his practice of daily meditation and studio time.

Made with paper pulp, inks, encaustic wax on gesso on canvas, they are not tied to specific views but are generic of a particular place in various times of day and weathers.

Being deliberately modest in scale and purposely physical they change mood and character in different lights, times and spaces.

Wizard | Group Show | 07 November - 20 December

a person who practices magic magician, sorcerer a conjurer or juggler a person of amazing skill or accomplishment a software feature that guides users through complex procedures of or relating to a wizard superb, excellent, wonderful

For their Christmas show this year, Unit 9 artists will be responding in their usual wide variety of ways to the theme 'wizard', exploring its range of meanings through paintings, drawings, prints, textiles and mixed media, and creating a lively and engaging show.

Journeys | Jennie Crawford | 03 October - 01 November

This work is about journeys; setting out, passing through, onward, overcoming difficulties and dangers, possibly reaching a planned or imagined destination. Being in the moment invokes parallel journeys whose nature may be only revealed at the end.

...what I did on my holidays... | Kate Stewart | 05 - 27 September

Following a painting holiday in Wales with landscape artist Maggie Brown who challenged an orthodoxy that good landscapes are painted outside in front of the subject, In this exhibition Kate shows the sketchbooks of gathered information, and the resulting paintings of Wales, Yorkshire and New York, constructed from paper, watercolour, fabric and stitching.

Selfie | Group Show | 08 - 30 August 2015

Self-portraits have long formed part of an artist's work, often penetratingly honest and revealing. In 'Selfie' the members of Unit 9 explore a variety of ways of portraying something about themselves.

Inside Out | Fiona Kemp | 04 July - 02 August 2015

In 'Inside out' Fiona explores the way the transitory images seen in the reflective surfaces found in our cities overlay each other and distort thus merging the view of inside and outside.

Metamorphoses | Richard Mort | 06 - 28 June

Taking the canvas as a three-dimensional form in space which can be carved and appliqué-d on, Mort has experimented with colour and form using a 25mm square module.

By the use of mirror-tiles, the painting becomes interactive, with the viewer becoming part of the painting, interacting with geometric colour-runs which act like a kaleidoscope in the general consensus of the painting.

The textured images become a scaffold, which frame the viewer into the painting allowing the colour to coalesce in harmony with the image. The viewer becomes as one with the painting.

Time Passing | Nancy Stedman | 02 - 31 May 2015

In Time Passing, Nancy has returned to the persistent theme of time, using the conventions of geological charts to convey change over millennia, along with processes such as rusting to reveal change over days or weeks. In contrast, blind drawings that arise from exploring stone walls by touch alone are evidence of much shorter periods of time, that taken to transform touch into graphic images.

Stepping stones | Denise Oukhaba | 04 - 26 April 2015

Denise Oukhaba presents a selection of artwork from childhood to the present day. Celebrating 50 years of artistry the works chosen show development of style & skill in a variety of mediums and notes a lingering fascination with nature and the glory of colour.


Preview Night, Friday 10 April, 7 - 9pm

Diane Jones & Nicki Taylor | 07 - 29 March 2015

A joint exhibition of new work by Diane Jones (left) and Nicki Taylor (right) which will be extending into the vegetarian cafe.

Diane's work involves further experimentation with monoprint, resist and machine embroidery techniques onto silk, using natural forms as inspiration.

Nicki's new collection of photographs lead you along a very fine line between humour and tragedy. The objects she uses are cherished and have fond memories attached to them.

Section: Examine | Nikki Sheen | 07 February - 01 March

An exploration of the byproducts of teaching through print and digital media.

Pennine Hills and Pennine Sheep | Bob Thompson | 03 January - 01 February 2015

An exhibition of paintings dedicated to the Pennine Hills, originating from the artist's walks and exploration of the paths and tracks which traverse the landscape from the moors above Howarth to Holme Moss.


Closing Event
Friday 23 Jan, 7 - 9pm

Secret Semantics | Group Show | 08 November - 21 December 2014

Unit 9 artists respond in a variety of ways to festive words allotted to them in 'Secret Santa' style.

'Continuum' | Viv Owen | 04 - 26 October 2014

Paintings of fleeting glimpses: a split second of emotion, only visible to the naked eye thanks to the TV camera, paused then translated into paint to amplify & perpetuate the event.

What do we do all day? | Group Show | 16 August - 27 September 2014

Over 6 weeks in the summer, Unit 9 artists will be running a changing exhibition of finished works alongside sketches and other preparatory pieces, giving an insight into the many ways in which each artist explores ideas and techniques in the process of producing a completed piece.

Set Apart: Solitude and Sacredness | John Allcock | 05 - 27 July 2014

A series of fourteen subtle and thoughtful images inspired by Allock's encounter with a group of remote and ancient hermitages located in the mountainous Picos de Europa region of northern Spain.

A Feeling For Felt | Pat Belson | 07 - 29 June 2014

The exhibition displays a body of work exploring the capabilities of felting, using techniques such as wet and needling felting, both separately and combined. The work experiments with a variety of subjects and utilises abstraction to create patterns.

Form and Transformation in Nature | Sammy Palfrey | 03 - 31 May 2014

Drawings, prints and objects representing decay and re-birth in the natural world. Palfrey's work shows both nature's and her own power to transform natural plants, pebbles and creatures into something 'Other'.

A January Morning in the Park | Kate Stewart | 05 - 27 April 2014

A series of new watercolours and textiles which explore the vivid colours beginning to shine through the gray of winter in a park in January.

The Birches of Farnhill Moor | Nancy Stedman | 08 - 30 March 2014

Through prints and drawings, Stedman explores the visual qualities of the colonising birch woodlands around Farnhill Moor.

Strange Invention | Steve Rayner | 08 February - 02 March 2014

Exploring the physical effect of light on photosensitive paper, Rayner presents a series of photograms of plants plucked along a canal journey from the south to the north of England.

Metamorphosis | Richard Mort | 09 January 2014 - 02 February 2014

A collection of paintings and drawings which explore colour, shape, form and composition through a series of geometric studies.


Exhibition Opening | Thursday 09 January, 4 - 7pm
Artist Richard Jack Mort will be available, should you wish to speak to him about his work.

Winter Salon | Group show | 02 November - 22 December 2013

A group exhibition presenting a rich selection of artworks by the Unit 9 artists collective. On display will be a range of media including textile, print, painting and drawing - all for sale and can be collected at the time of purchase.

Horizon | June Russell | 05 - 27 October 2013

“The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon...” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

A series of prints by June Russell based on the stark landscapes of the northern Icelandic coast.

Que Será Será | Denise Oukhaba | 07 - 29 September 2013

Working with found and donated materials these textile and embroidery works provide an experimental exploration into the relationship between colour, texture and tone.

Unit 9² | Group Show | 03 - 25 August 2013

Unit 9 artists set themselves the challenge of producing work to a common format: a square or cube. On display throughout August will be a range of work in various mediums and sizes, demonstrating their individual responses to the theme.

Still Life | Fiona Kemp | 06 - 27 July 2013

A series of drawings and paintings of the Bradford Industrial Museum, depicting inanimate machines which now stand still as a memorial to times past.

Promise | Viv Owen | 08 - 30 June 2013

"Promise" consists of colourful freehand paintings that eavesdrop on relationships. Inspired by mass media imagery that engages viewers, with the ever-present safety net of the off-switch.

In Passing | John Allcock | 04 - 26 May 2013

A new series of works through which the artist tackles the sensitive subject of bereavement, his own mortality and the use of art to come to terms with loss.

Fish | Patricia Calver | 06 - 28 April 2013

Working with wood, plaster and printmaking techniques, this exhibition plays with the motif of the fish as it drifts in and out of the artist's consciousness.

Diane Jones and Nicki Taylor | 02 - 31 March 2013

Nicki's photographs illustrate the quirky mini landscapes that can, or do exist within her home.

Decorative textile pieces combining mono print, collage and 'drawing' with machine embroidery

Kate Stewart | 01 - 24 February 2013

Through watercolour, textiles and stitching, Clouds, Flowers and one Face explores the interdependent and informative relationship between technique, processes and subject.

Re-viewing Unit 9 | Nancy Stedman | 05 - 27 January 2013

Nancy Stedman presents an installation of drawing in Unit 9 exploring the traces of past exhibitions on the walls, the light at night and other unfamiliar features of the space.

Winter Salon | 02 November - 19 December 2012

In Winter Salon the Unit 9 artists will be offering an array of paintings, prints and drawings, all of them suitable as Christmas gifts.

Four Tides | Jennie Crawford | 06 - 28 October 2012

"In discovering a small world we discover the whole world" - Aleksander Janicijevic, Specific Aspects of Psychogeography

Four Tides is a series of sea foam prints, tide tables, paintings and sketches that record the four tides moving through an estuary in a single day.

Being There | June Russell | 08 - 30 September 2012

My method of working is to observe and enjoy the places in which I find myself, take visual notes and then, back in the studio, to attempt to recreate what it felt like to be there at that moment.

I frequently make multiple attempts at this - and it can take years of re-imagining, refining and redefining, with only a scribble and a memory to tie me to time and location.

Images in the 2.5 Dimension | Bob Thompson | 07 - 29 July 2012

Images in 2.5 Dimension began as a natural progression from my earlier abstract work. Looking for ways of representing my experiences of the Pennine landscapes these abstract textured images examine the spatial notion of landscape engaging with a variety of media on wood and canvas.

Visual Monologues | Janet Mclelland | 11 - 29 June 2012

This series of theatrical characterizations are brought from the inward thoughts of the artist, giving an insight on events in the life of her subjects and in their existence.

"Texture in view" | Denise Oukhaba | 04 - 27 May 2012

Embroidered textile explorations of the hues and textures of land and seascape.

Impressions | Hester Cox | 07 - 29 April 2012

Impressions is an exhibition of new works celebrating Hester's recent projects and her longstanding love of natural history.

Masquerade | John Allcock | 03 March - 01 April 2012

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as Harlequin and Columbine: Eleanor Rigby: an encounter between a helmeted girl-biker, the threatening wearer of a balaclava, and a woman wearing a burka. These and other challenging images emerge from Bradford artist John Allcock's engagement with masks and mask-wearing. Do masks hide or express identities? Do they confer protection or offer a threat? Visitors to the exhibition can decide for themselves.

Off Centre| Fiona Kemp | 03 - 26 February 2012

Off Centre is a collection of paintings re-visiting fleeting images unconsciously collected by Fiona Kemp on the way home.

Turn of the Year | 02 December - 29 January 2012

The Unit 9 artists present their group show Turn of the Year.

life drawing and fabric... a work in progress | Kate Stewart | 04 - 27 November 2011

I have been trying to improve my life drawing skills in Dean Clough and Cottingley for the past few years and wondering about whether it is possible to combine life drawing and painting with my interest in fabric and embroidery. This exhibition is very much a work in progress. Some of my explorations might lead to further development, some may be dead ends. I would welcome feedback.

Inside Bradford College | Pat Belson | 08 - 30 October 2011

Pinhole images taken inside Bradford College exploring the everyday workings of students tutors and technicians.

Edge of the Moor | Jennie Crawford | 03 - 25 September 2011

Jennie's exhibition celebrates the harsh life of the Thornton Moor farmers and dwellers and the beauty of the open land.

Work in Progress: Progress in Work| August 2011

The Unit 9 collective presents a diverse group show of their work in progress.

"DRAWN IN" | Viv Owen | 02 - 31 July 2011

Drawings in different states: from on the spot to off the page.

Tents will be shifted (and other stories) | Steve Rayner | 04 - 26 June 2011

Veering from whimsy to formal compositional exercises, Steve's photographs celebrate the ordinary and often overlooked moments and tableaux that are part of everyday life.

Bob Thomson | 06 - 29 May 2011

Working in pastel, the paintings engage with the lost art of looking, finding the time to stand and stare.

John Lacey and Diane Jones | 02 April - 01 May 2011

Diane presents new experimental textile pieces using mono print and devore processes, whilst John presents atmospheric and textured landscape paintings.

Glimpse | Nancy Stedman | Unit 9

New works exploring how glimpses of the transient and fleeting can be translated into forms that are static and stable.

De Aqui y de Alla (From Here and There) | Janet Ferreyros de McLelland | 05 - 27 February 2011

In my works I have created a statement of the cross cultural experience. My works although inspired by my Peruvian roots and childhood memories, have been influenced by the experiences of life in Yorkshire. My paintings are a display of fictitious places and people which exist only within the cross cultural experience of the life of the artist.

Silver | Unit 9 Collective | 04 December 2010 - 30 January 2011

A group show on the theme of "Silver", which each artist has interpreted in their own way to create a festive and fun exhibition.

Dog | Patricia Calver | 02 - 24 October 2010

Through lovingly crafted sketches and sculptures, this exhibition illustrates the artist's relationship, and sense of companionship, with her dog.

Spoken in Colour: The Art of Poets | Seema Gill and Richard Heley | 07 - 29 August 2010

Seema Gill and Richard Heley are now based in Derbyshire - but only after lives which have taken them through many countries and acquainted them with a variety of artistic disciplines. Two things in particular, however, give unity to this exhibition: their shared delight in colour and their common vision of that which is poetic in life. Neither of these characteristics will be surprising to those who know them, as their life and their work is driven by an exuberance and love of life, and they are both published poets. Their enthusiasm for both life and art will be evident both in the pictures on display in Unit 9, and in the poetry which they will be reading in South Square at 4.00 pm. on Sunday 29 August.

Love at first sight | Group show | 04 July - 01 August 2010

What sort of art do artists enjoy? What makes an artist respond to another artist's work, so much so that it's 'love at first sight'? How do they come by those artworks that are so special to them, that 'say' something to them, that they treasure? Unit 9 artists are pleased to present a selection of artworks that they have acquired from other artists, with some words about what makes them special.

Viv Owen | Second Sight | 05 - 27 June 2010

Paintings and drawing that chase expression.

Denise Oukhaba | Rows | 01 - 30 May 2010

A new selection of paintings.

Surviving | Bob Thompson | 03 - 25 April 2010

This exhibition reflects Thompson's artistic practice over the past two years. In particular, these works explores the artist's interest in emotional and physical survival, and the notion of hanging on.

The Enigma and the Essence | Sarah Cave | 06 - 28 March 2010

Drawing inspiration from elements in the natural world, this exhibition illustrates a mix of influences that have been collected, combined and re-formed in the artist's imagination.

Bad Moon Rising | Bill Parker | 06 - 28 February 2010

An exhibition of recent studio out-takes in the form of drawings and paintings with references to Film Noir, comic books and rock soundtracks.

Feast | Unit 9 Artists | 06 - 20 December 2009

A Christmas themed group exhibition by Unit 9 artists.

Not Just a Pretty Place | John Allcock | 03 - 25 October 2009

The term "landscape" has often been reduced to the idea of the "picturesque". I am intrigued, however, by the diversity of ways in which this genre can also be used to explore spiritual or metaphysical ideas, such as the nature of time, mortality, personal identity, or the place of humanity within our natural environment. Equally, I am puzzled by the depth and complexity of the emotional springs which continue to impel my own engagement. This exhibition sets out to display that diversity, and to explore the purposes which continue to motivate the "landscape" painter.

John Murphy | Testament | | 5 - 27 September 2009

This series of small works by John Murphy uses simple line and coloured inks to explore how basic mark making can engender an emotional response.From an initial exploration of technique, the works were developed to portray John's emotional response to biblical themes, and consequently into a number of smaller series based upon books of the old testament.

Spectrum | Group Show | 08 -30 August 2009

New work by the Unit 9 artists:

John Allcock | Pat Belson | Patricia Calver | Manya Donaque | Diane Jones | Fiona Kemp | John Murphy | Denise Oukhaba | Viv Owen | Bill Parker | Steve Rayner | Andy Rushworth | Nikki Sheen | Nancy Stedman | Kate Stewart | Bob Thompson

Another Chance to See - New Work | Viv Owen | 6 - 28 June 2009

Another chance to see... to look at vintage and contemporary images in a new context. In the gallery the rare and precious sit with the everyday and disposable,and both are given equal status in a hand-made permanence never dreamt of in their original forms.

Oooh Different | Denise Oukhaba | 2 - 31 May 2009

A slight departure, the Denise has chosen to exhibit some of her most recent work in progress. Challenging the barriers of expectation the audience is encouraged to experience new dimensions through mediums and all ensuing constraints.

Drawing Around | Nancy Stedman and Gemma Hobbs | 4 - 26 April 2009

Nancy and Gemma have put together a joint exhibition exploring some of the possibilities and challenges of drawing.

Angels | Patricia Calver | 7 - 29 March 2009

Two sets of portrait images which hold an underlying connection with each other, have been brought together by Patricia Calver, for her latest installation piece - a sensitive response to these times of crisis.

Diane Jones & John Lacey | 7 February - 1 March 2009

John paints in a colourful, free flowing and energetic style to capture an an image or emotion using watercolour, acrylics or oils, and his range of work includes landscape, still life and portraiture. He typically presents his work in handmade and hand painted mounts and waxed frames.

Diane works experimentally with textile print techniques on velvet.

John Lacey's Website

Christmas Present | Unit 9 Artist Collective | 6 - 21 December 08

Artists from the Unit 9 collective collaborate this December, transforming the gallery space into an eclectic Christmas living room full of intriguing objects

Ephemeral City | Fiona Kemp | 8 - 30 November 08

This series of paintings and prints records the fleeting and ever changing aspects of the city environment. Fiona is fascinated by the transient reflections that shimmer and fracture in the windows, puddles and canals. These moments are mostly unheeded by the passers-by. Crowded images of confusion and movement are briefly glimpsed and lost forever.

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