Art at the Priory Workshop

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Date(s) - 10/08/2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bridlington Priory Rooms


The monastic Priory must have been a hive of craft activity in stone, wood, glass and much more. To commemorate this, Priory 900 organized a series of workshops on alternate Saturdays throughout the season. Each workshop offered a small group the chance to work with an expert to practise some of the skills involved.

Workshop Tutors: Sharon Winter, Leanne Broadbent and Katherine McDermid

General Introduction
This was a creative workshop led by established local artists with a passion for visual interpretation of buildings, their history and context. Rather than recreating the art of the past, this was an opportunity to respond to the heritage before our eyes, and the sense of the people who have been part of its life over time.

There were three strands to choose from in the Art in the Priory workshop, each overseen by a different tutor.


Sharon Winter studied at Scarborough College and graduated with a First Class Honours degree in 2001. Her inspiration comes from fairy tales, folklore, memory and family. Sharon works by building up layers of paint, collage and gold leaf to create patterns, motifs and texture. She created a large theatrical backdrop of the Priory and the Old Town for a public drama project, ‘A Burlington Tale’.

The Aims of the Workshop
Participants explored and used different methods and materials in response to the Priory environment. With the group, they discussed the varieties and possibilities of methods and materials. Participants then chose an area of interest in or around the Priory on which they based their final work.


After completing a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree in 2005 from the University of Hull, followed by a PGCE, Bridlington-based Leanne Broadbent has been working as a self-employed mixed media artist and has exhibited widely across Yorkshire and included in several joint, group and solo exhibitions. Leanne has also undertaken many workshops and has been artist in residence at both stately homes and primary schools.

These stately homes and other sites of architectural beauty in Yorkshire first inspired Leanne to travel and document each site capturing the atmospheric drama that the buildings contained. These architectural studies enabled Leanne’s individual style to develop and continue through into her latest work, which are often inspired by the fantasy literature of Lewis Carroll and fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. These latest works have been featured on national television in 2011. This year, Leanne’s projects include a debut in North Yorkshire Open Studios and a touring exhibition which will see her work displayed overseas in Iceland.

The Aims of the Workshop
Participants studied the Priory building from the Church Green, to get a view of the whole. They worked in pencil and learnt how to convey architectural subject matter.


Katherine McDermid worked as a freelance graphic artist and cartoonist before making a mid-life manoeuvre to study for a degree in Fine Art, graduating with a BA (Hons) in 1996 from the University of Northumbria. From abstract to figurative, realism to cartoon imagery, her work is ideas-based and explored through various media, including pen & ink, oils and artist books.

The Aims of the Workshop
The aim of the workshop was for participants to enjoy the atmosphere and craftsmanship of the Priory and sketch pieces of interest, working from detail of stonework or carving inside and outside the church.

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