Joe Cornish Gallery

Stunning artwork in a beautiful settingRegister House

An impressive 18th century building, 'Register House' is the setting for a gallery of photography and other stunning artwork in Northallerton, on the edge of the North York Moor.

Established by and named after an internationally-renowned photographer, Joe Cornish Gallery is a welcoming location where you can enjoy browsing amongst the many beautiful pieces of art.

Renowned photographer

Coming under the spell of photography while studying art at university, Joe Cornish worked as a photographic assistant in London and Washington DC after graduating, before starting out to earn a living as a photographer in his own right.

Specialising in travel and landscape pictures, and a great advocate of environmental protection, Joe's career includes providing photographs for more than 30 travel books, working with Raleigh International as an expedition photographer, and employment with the National Trust, with whom he still continues to work on a freelance basis.

The Joe Cornish Gallery holds a permanent exhibition of Joe's work, with other temporary displays also provided by visiting photographers.

Nooks & crannies

Built in 1736, the building was originally the registry office for the whole of the North Riding. Since then, it's also been used as a probation office, dental school and funeral directors, until becoming the home of the Joe Cornish Gallery in 2004.

Full of the character often found in buildings from that period, there are numerous rooms of different sizes, along with plenty of alcoves, nooks and crannies. These have all been put to good use to display the varied collection of art and crafts; not only photographs, but also ceramics, wood, sculptures, paintings, and pottery. There are 7 main galleries split over two floors in total, along with a shop and café.

The Gallery also offers space for creative meetings and talks, as well as workshops with artists, designers and craftspeople.

One of the galleries

Eat, drink and browse

The addition of the Gallery Café in 2013 means visitors can extend their stay even longer, relaxing in the warm and creative atmosphere whilst enjoying a locally roasted coffee or delicious home-made food. "It's gone from strength to strength," said manager Lauren O'Neill, "and is really establishing itself amongst the eateries of Northallerton. You're able to wander round the gallery and take in the exhibitions with a slice of cake and cup of coffee."

For those who want to really take the  weight off their feet, comfy leather sofas in the snug invite you to get extra cosy while you watch the world go by outside through the large sash windows.

In warmer weather, you can soak up the rays in the sunny courtyard, where you'll also find a selection of plants for sale. 

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Find Joe Cornish Gallery in person at Zetland Street, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 1NA. Tel: 01609 777404.  You'll also find them on  Facebook and Twitter.

Date: 20 March 2015
Author: The 360 Company