‘MY Nidderdale with Forest Fusion’ is the title of the latest, collaborative exhibition at Skipton’s Mill Bridge Gallery.

The exhibition of glass and prints, which opens on Friday (November 29) and runs until December 22, represents the work of Nidderdale based artist Gill Kirk and Skipton based artist Helen Seth.

Gill has a passion for the local flora and landscapes of the Dales, but particularly her home area of Upper Nidderdale.

After a career in teaching outdoor education at Bewerley Park Education Centre, Pateley Bridge, she has an intimacy and understanding born out of familiarity.

Gill, who is drawn to flora, individual hedges and trees, rocks and field patterns, was also fortunate to be given an artistic residency by the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), to respond to the hay meadows of Upper Nidderdale in 2017.

This culminated in an exhibition after18 months observation. Gill, who has always drawn wildflowers, says it was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the species. Since then she has focused on the roadside verges; and what she considers important and notable landmarks.

Her work is usually print although as she loves experimenting so will work in all mediums. Often her prints are hybrids, using different print methods together to create layers giving texture and depth. In this joint exhibition she will be showing her fine art, along with screen printed cushions, machine embroidery and cards.

Helen Seth works in fused glass and mixed media and, as a self-taught fuser, takes an unconventional approach to the media.

She began fusing glass several years ago to support her young daughter, Charlotte, who was six at the time, and along the way fell in love with the colours and the science of glass.

Helen’s approach to glass uses both of these aspects to create unique pieces, including trees and sheep, which reflect the Dales landscape which inspires her, the resulting pieces are then combined with other media including felt and driftwood to add texture and contrast to her work. The Forest Fusion part of the exhibition is centred around a single piece which is a window into the forest outside, with Helen inviting people to come and look through that window into her world.

The exhibition opens with a preview evening on Friday between 6pm and 8pm, attended by the artists. The exhibition will then be open during the usual opening hours for the Mill Bridge Gallery from 11am to 4pm Thursday to Saturday.