Pop up artwork

New exhibition in Castleford being set up in an empty shop by the Art House, called Beta, featuring work by three young northern artists.Ben Hellawell.
New exhibition in Castleford being set up in an empty shop by the Art House, called Beta, featuring work by three young northern artists.Ben Hellawell.

AN empty shop has been transformed into an art gallery to help promote young people’s work.

Beta is a new exhibition, which has been created on Carlton Street, in Castleford.

The pop-up gallery has been set up by Northern Young Artists and The Art House as part of a project to turn vacant premises into colourful displays of work.

The exhibition opened on Monday and will run until Sunday.

It will include work from Ben Hellawell, 25, of Huddersfield, Fiona Halliday, 26, of Barnsley and Lucy Morrison, 24, of Thornes, Wakefield.

Miss Morrison, who paints with oil on canvas, said: “We want to use the space and interact with a new audience who would not usually see our work.

“We want to make art more accessible, while promoting what talent is out there.

“For me, art provides an escapism. It is all I have ever wanted to do.

“We have had a lot of interest in this project so far and it has been great.

“People may even find a unique Christmas present.”

Beta is Northern Young Artists’ second exhibition, which allows graduate artists and designers to display a range of their work, from landscape paintings to wood carvings.

The latest project is part of their Sites in Sight: Art for the Quiet Times initiative, to transform empty spaces across the Wakefield district into art galleries.

The Carlton Street gallery will have around 20 pieces of art on display throughout the week and some will be for sale.

Beta is open from 11am until 3pm until Sunday.

Artists or art groups who would like to take part in an empty shop project in Castleford or across the district should contact project manager Elinor Unwin on 01924 312003.