Crescent Artspace

14/15 Queen Street


Saturday 28th May

Performances of the Selves

10.00am – 5.00pm
Admission is free (come at anytime)

Final year students, graduating from BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance at the School of Arts and New Media at University of Hull (Scarborough Campus), present an event which takes you on a journey through the languages, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, politics, stories and practices in autobiographical contemporary performance. See tomorrow’s performance artists today.

More underground activity

Crescent Artists’ car park treatment


Andrew and Caitlin Webb-Ellis have transformed the underground car park situated at Aquarium Top between the Rotunda and the Spa.

Take a look at the latest public artwork by two of our very talented artists. Commissioned by Scarborough Borough Council as part of the Spa refurbishment, and following Helen Donnelly’s hoarding treatment in 2010, Andrew and Caitlin have brought a fresh vision to the otherwise rather brutal and forbidding architecture. Even if you have to ‘pay and display’, there’s no charge for viewing. All pedestrians are welcome.


Crescent Arts, The Crescent, Scarborough

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A new video installation by Helen Sear

Saturday 12th March to Saturday 9th April 2011
Thursdays – Saturdays 11.00am – 5.00pm. Admission is free.

We are delighted to announce the opening of ‘Pond’, a new video installation by Helen Sear,  and an opportunity to meet the artist at Crescent Arts on Saturday 12th March between  2.00pm – 5.00pm.

Helen Sear’s photographic practice has developed from a Fine Art background of performance,  film and installations made in the 1980’s. Her photographs became widely known in the 1991  British Council exhibition, De-Composition: Constructed Photography in Britain,  touring Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Her work explores ideas of vision, touch, and the representation of the nature of  experience, demonstrating an enduring interest in landscape in relation to both the  human and animal body. She combines drawing, lens based media and digital technologies.  ‘Pond’ sees a return to video and installation work, showing similar concerns with the  experience of the relationship between landscape and the human body.

Her work was included in the exhibition About Face at the Hayward Gallery  London in summer 2004 and La Mirada Reflexiva at the Espai D’Art Contemporani  in Castellon Spain in 2005. A 90-page monograph Twice, was published by  Zelda Cheatle Press in 2002, and Grounded was a touring exhibition curated by  Impressions Gallery, York between 2003 and 2005.

Recent solo exhibitions include; Inside The View, at Gallery Harmonia in Finland in  2006, and G39 Cardiff who also published the bookwork Tale in 2009; Beyond The View,  Hoopers Gallery London, and Klompching Gallery New York in 2010.  Her work will be next featured in Aperture magazine in 2011.

Helen is currently Reader in Photography and Fine Art Practice and a member of the  European Centre for Photographic Research at the University of Wales Newport.  She is a recipient of a Major Creative Wales Award 2010-2011.

To preview Pond on youtube visit


The artist has produced a special edition signed print to mark the occasion of the installation of ‘Pond’:

‘Eyepond’ 1
Vivera archival ink on Hahnemule Photorag paper
35 x 25 cm, in an edition of 12 signed, £200 each.

For further information please contact Stuart Cameron, Director, Crescent Arts

Tel 01723 351461


At the same time…..

‘INSEPARABLE’: Photographic works by Helen Sear
Duckett & Jeffreys Gallery, Malton, North Yorkshire

Wednesday 23rd February – Saturday 2nd April
Wed-Sat 10.00am – 5.00pm

Malton is about 30 minutes drive from either Scarborough or York and easily accessible by train between York and Scarborough.

Crescent Arts would like to thank Comet Group Plc for generous loan of equipment for this exhibition.

Chris Hicklin at The Auction House



Chris Hicklin is a dynamic young artist currently studying at Yorkshire Coast College. He has been working in the space at Queen Street for three weeks to create an exciting pop-up exhibition. His work explores the unconscious and conscious mind and the symbolism in dreams.

For more, please visit

We would like to thank Calvert’s Carpets, the Dulux Shop and B&Q for their generous support.


Saturday 29th January – Sunday 20th February 2011

Crescent Arts Studios, The Crescent, Scarborough

Thursdays to Saturdays 11.00am – 5.00pm
(also open on Sunday 20th February)
Admission is free.

Crescent Arts is delighted to present ‘Fragment Series’ by resident artist printmaker  Dawn Brooks, representing new work produced over the past 18 months in her studio  at Crescent Arts.

The prints, which together form ‘Fragment Series’, acquire a powerful physical  presence through their collective presentation within a space specifically designed  and constructed in consultation with the artist.

Dawn Brooks explores printmaking processes which combine drypoint and collagraph  on a large scale, requiring composite plates to form the image. As the title suggests,  images are worked in series as a direct result of combining printmaking and drawing  processes which effect a sense of temporality, transformation and material change.

“I develop my prints using automatic drawing as a means of expressing ideas from  the subconscious. The resulting drawings are a starting point for the printing plate  which is created as a painter might use a canvas, in the sense that the construction  of the image is process led, instinctively reacting to marks as they are made”.   

The monochromatic restraint within the work serves to enhance its physical presence,  whilst at the same time the artist’s expressive mark-making evokes a surprising sense  of intimacy.    Dawn Brooks has worked from a studio at Crescent Arts since 2002 and exhibits  widely across the region and the UK. Dawn was a prizewinner in the  1st Open International Print Competition 2010 (A4 Printmakers, South West, Cornwall UK)  and her work will be exhibited at the Wharepuke Print Studio in 2011 in New Zealand as part  of this exhibition. She was awarded a grant for research and development by  Arts Council England Grants for the Arts in 2008.

Don’t miss the ‘introduction to drypoint’ workshop on  Saturday 19th February which supports Dawn’s exhibition and  will enhance appreciation of her work.  See Printmaking Workshops February – March 2011.

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