Joe Cornish Gallery

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Joe Cornish is regarded as one of the world’s foremost landscape photographers and for over twenty years, he has lived and worked on the edge of the North York Moors.

A favourite subject is the distinctive landmark of Roseberry Topping rising above the village of Great Ayton. It was here that a young James Cook went to school, before setting sail to discover the world. While Captain Cook’s adventurous instincts led him to explore the islands of the Southern Hemisphere, Joe’s have seen him become intimately acquainted with the Moors and Yorkshire Dales.

His work is informed by a commitment to nature, wild places and wilderness, a commitment that is reflected in an on-going working relationship with the National Trust of nearly thirty years. Through his work for the Trust, and for VisitBritain, his images have helped define the way the British landscape is seen by millions at home and abroad. 

Located in Northallerton, the gallery occupies the town’s former ‘Register House’, a building that dates back to the eighteenth century and is full of character. The Gallery offers a warm and welcoming ambiance that makes the galleries and the art, which is set over two floors, as accessible as possible. 

There is a permanent exhibition of Joe’s work on display in addition to housing his print archive. After a long printing ‘apprenticeship’, Joe now hand prints all his images in his North Yorkshire home studio. They are printed from very high-resolution files on contemporary fine art matt papers of highest quality before being mounted with conservation grade, acid free board (and framed). The images come in varying degrees of limited edition and are priced accordingly.

In addition, the gallery also exhibits work by other photographers, artists and craftspeople as well as hosting regular craft and photographic workshops and cultural events. A renowned thinker and commentator on photography, Joe is keen to promote the cause of the community of nature photographers. To that end, the galleries reflect a broad spectrum of different work through ‘tenant’ photographers and temporary exhibitions providing a unique shop window for new and upcoming talent.

The gallery’s standing as a destination as much as an exhibition space is complemented by a café serving locally sourced and freshly made food. The design of the gallery building creates intimate ‘snug’ areas that have been furnished with comfortable seats. Here customers can relax with coffee and cake from the café while enjoying the art that adorns the walls.

In the summer months a sunny courtyard furnished with tables and chairs boosts the space available for enjoying refreshments. Cyclists are welcome and there is space for bikes to be left while riders refuel. The gallery is also dog-friendly.

The layout of the gallery building is completed by our gallery shop. A range of prints, cards, jewellery and design-led items are available including work by local artists, designers and craftspeople.

Opening Hours

Sun 09:00 17:00
Mon 09:00 17:00
Tue 09:00 17:00
Wed 09:00 17:00
Thu 09:00 17:00
Fri 09:00 17:00
Sat 09:00 17:00


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