A GROUP of local artists is staging a new exhibition for Christmas.

The Christmas Exhibition, by Bradford Arts & Crafts Network, features artwork by Catherine Gilford, Steven Spencer and Neil Bell, as well as photographs by Jason Feather and Simon Sugden.

Simon is well known for his images of gritty urban scenes across Yorkshire, particularly derelict industrial buildings. His work can often be seen in pages of the T&A, as a member of its Camera Club.

Steven, from Bradford, is inspired by the landscape of the Pennines, its wild, gritty, moody, and sometimes harsh moorlands and post-industrial remains and Catherine, of Baildon, draws inspiration from places and objects that hold meaning for her.

Jason’s, whose work also features regularly in the T&A, includes studies of shade and reflections in Bradford’s buildings and streets.

They four are being joined for this new show by new member Neil Bell who will be displaying his thought-provoking and visually absorbing canvases. He described his work as “a hybrid of abstract expressionism with surrealist overtones.”

The group has explored the use of alternative artspace in their previous

two exhibitions as a way to bring artwork to a wider audience, who may not visit the many interesting buildings in Bradford and district.

Their last exhibition, which ran throughout October, was held at Bacaro Wine Bar in Sunbridge Wells. The show proved to be very successful for both the arts group and the business. Many people visited to see the artworks and the interesting Sunbridge Wells development.

The Christmas show is taking place in Riris Coffee House, The Arcade, North Street, Keighley, from November 19 to December 14.

For more information about Bradford arts & Crafts Network, the artists can be contacted through Facebook: Steven: @WoolCity Art. Catherine: Art by Purple Raven. Jason: @appertunityJasonFeather. Simon: @suggyspics

Helen Mead