A GALLERY is preparing for its first-ever Christmas with an exhibition made in Yorkshire.

Kunsthuis, at the Dutch House, in Crayke, is welcoming a host of talented British artists to display work in its art space and café in the run-up to Christmas.

The Christmas show opens on Friday and runs until Sunday, January 11.

It will run in conjunction with the gallery’s primary autumn exhibition, My Own Yorkshire.

This will feature work by Yorkshire-based photographers John Potter and John Illingworth and previews on November 13, from 7pm to 9pm. It run from Friday, November 14, to Sunday, January 11.

Kunsthuis’ Christmas Show consists of:

* Paintings by artists, including Jill Campbell, Tony Noble, Lesley Birch, Robin Puplett, Jonathan Pomroy, Lesley Birch, Gillian Gathercole and Karen Purple, plus work by Dutch artists, to be announced;

* Prints by Lucy Antwis, David Lyon, Hayley Louise Crann, Bridget Wilkinson, Stef and Ian Mitchell;

* Ceramics by potters Muddy Fingers, George Ormerod, Katie Braida, Tone von Krogh and Judith Glover;

* Sculpture and glass by Sam Harrison, Jane O’Neil, Elise Bikker and Carol Nicholson; 

* Jewellery, Christmas wreaths, decorations, and more.

Many of the artists are Yorkshire-based. Painters Jill Campbell and Robin Puplett draw inspiration from the Yorkshire landscape, with markedly different methods and results.

Cecile Creemers, director of Kunsthuis, said: “We are delighted to welcome these artists to exhibit in our gallery.

“Most of them have never shown work with us before. This is an exciting time for us as a new gallery and we wish to celebrate our first festive season in style.”

The gallery is also hosting a special Christmas weekend on Saturday, December 6, from 10am to 8pm, Sunday, December 7, from 10am to 6pm.

There will be mulled wine, marshmallow roasting, pancakes, mince pies, barbecue and Christmas carols.

There will be also be torch-lit Santa Trail (bring your own torch), wreath workshop and Father Christmas grotto.

Tickets for grotto, which is open on Saturday, from 3pm to 6pm, and Sunday, from 1pm to 3pm, are £3.50 per child. The café will be serving food until closing time.

From November to March, the gallery, café and garden are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 4pm.

For more information, phone 01347 889431 or visit dutchhouseyorkshire.com