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News Release - Issued by Kentmere House Gallery, York

Artist in residence appointed at York Early Music Festival

Since 1992 Ann Petherick of York’s Kentmere House Gallery has regularly collaborated with the York Early Music Festival (YEMF) to invite an artist to work during the performances & rehearsals, with an exhibition of the resulting paintings and drawings taking place the following December. This is the seventh such collaboration.

The artist in 2014 will be Alfred Huckett, currently based in London, and this will be Alfred’s third residency at the YEMF - the only artist to have been invited back so many times, his previous visits having resulted in some stunning work.

All artists love the special privilege of painting during performances but none more so than Alfred. His approach to the residencies is based on his life-long love of music, and his ongoing involvement as a singer in an early music choir in London. Both his work and his presence around the Festival have been enjoyed by all concerned, as he immerses himself in the music, the venues, and the interactions with the performers:

“From an early age music and art have been keystones in my life, but it is only in later years that I have sought to unite these two passions. My first residency at York was in 1995 and during the intervening years my approach and style has taken several turns in my efforts to document this wonderful and important event in the Early Music calendar.

In my previous residencies I have worked from relatively figurative ideas to a freer approach more concerned with the movement of the musicians, along with some depictions of the music itself. This last area is the one that currently interests me: neither abstract nor figurative, but based on the actual piece of music.”

Alfred also enjoys recording the atmosphere and details of the many special venues used for the Festival, including the Nave and Quire of York Minster, the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall, and many of York’s churches, including St. Michael le Belfrey and St. Margaret’s, the National Early Music Centre in Walmgate. Many concert-goers still remember his series of paintings of the ‘Five Sisters’ window in the Minster, painted throughout a Purcell concert, with the colour of the glass darkening as the light faded outside.

Delma Tomlin, Director of the YEMF, said:

“We love having Alfred around as he is such an enthusiast for the music, and knows many of the performers. He and his work add another dimension to the Festival for all involved and his paintings enable the Festival to live on in the minds of its supporters.”

The theme of this year’s York Early Music Festival is ‘Age of Gold, Age of Enlightenment’ and it will take place from 10-19 July. The exhibition of Alfred’s paintings will be held at the National Early Music Centre in Walmgate, York from 6 –20 December 2014.

Further information about York Early Music Festival can be found at and about the gallery at


Notes for Editors

Background to the collaboration between York Early Music Festival and

Kentmere House Gallery

The first collaboration between the York Early Music Festival and Kentmere House Gallery took place in 1992, when Ann Petherick invited Sussex artist John Scarland, after seeing his work in London and tracking him down. Since then four more artists have taken part, selected from contacts Ann has made during her travels throughout the country.

This is merely one of many innovative ideas dreamed up by Ann, who refers to them as her “out-of-gallery experiences”. Other such ventures have included the celebrated exhibition of Jake Attree’s work in York Minster in 2006, a show at Newby Hall to coincide with the opening of their sculpture park, an exhibition in York Theatre Royal, Yorkshire artists’ work hung in the Leeds head office of a government department, and regular exhibitions at The King’s Manor campus of the University of York. All of which continue alongside the exhibitions in the spacious premises of Kentmere House Gallery itself.

Further information

Alfred will be available for interview & photographs from 9 July – please contact the gallery.


Ann Petherick

Kentmere House Gallery 01904 656507

53 Scarcroft Hill

York YO24 1DF

01904 656507