Exhibition Opening 18th of April at 2pm and runs until the 27th of MayRamshackles is a generic title I have adopted to describe any kind of functional structure, innocent of the ‘professional’ eye or hand, but built by laymen for their own pursuits, and covering a wide range of activities, from recreational pastimes to work.
The first major exhibition was at Impressions Gallery in York, which had pioneered the concept of photo galleries, and was called ‘The Work of The Weavers’, an exploration of the West Yorkshire woollen industry. Several other long-term projects were also started during this time including ‘Ramshackles’ (a celebration of alternative architecture) in 1975, Appleby Horse Fair. In 1973 he quit teaching and returned to freelance photography based in Leeds. Clients included the Halifax, BBC Television, and many regional and national advertising agencies. He also continued to produce personal work, being a founder member of ‘Northlight’, a co-operative based in Leeds, and in particular the long-term project of ‘Ramshackles’, before returning to teaching in 1984, moving to the north east and teaching at Cleveland College of Art & Design.
His first major regional exhibition was at Darlington Arts Centre, ‘Ramshackles’, 1986/87, which has since toured many venues in the UK, including Side Gallery. He has continued to work around the themes of people and landscape, some in liaison with Amber Side, including a 1992 project on the Blue Circle cement works.