Christmas 2011 and the past year....

Posted by Claudia Jackson-Berettoni on December 06, 2011 (0 Comments)

As Christmas fast approaches Ashley Jackson and all the girls at the Gallery wish to join in sending warm wishes for a peaceful Christmas and Healthy New Year. I look back on the year between my last Christmas letter and wonder where the time has gone… but then I consider everything that Ashley has squeezed in to that time, below is a brief revisit. 

 October 2010 was the commencement of a full year celebrating 70 years of Ashley Jackson with an exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London 4th October- 9th October with a return to Yorkshire for October 22nd, his actual birthday to Temple Newsam House where “Power and the Passion” was hung for 6 months. This was a celebration not only of Ashley Jackson’s Art and Life but his vision of Yorkshire. We can share with you that not only was the exhibition a success in visitor numbers, whilst over 700 children benefited from free demonstrations but also in its provision of a donation to The Prince’s Trust  Yorkshire and the Humber. Paintings from “Power and the Passion” which were specifically chosen by Ashley from his personal collection to preview, Yorkshire’s power and Ashley’s passion for his Yorkshire mistress are now on show at the Gallery in Holmfirth so if you didn’t get the opportunity to view these magnificent paintings in either exhibition setting then please do visit the Gallery to share in the celebration.

 March 12th 2011 launched “A Walk with Ashley” a brochure published by Kirklees to encourage visitors to Holmfirth to look outside of the Town centre and beyond Summer Wine to take in the beauty of the landscape within a short distance from Holmfirth, you might have caught a glimpse of this on Calendar News. Ashley was honoured to produce a walk that would take in the local hamlets, winding roads and stunning moorland scenery that he captures in his watercolours. The brochure contains three of Ashley’s prints and leads walkers to these locations to compare the artist’s vision with their own. Kirklees have been kind enough to supply us with a number of copies so should you visit Holmfirth and wish to see something different, bring your walking shoes and we can provide the map.

 The Paint Days in May were extremely successful with the new location and amenities of a local mission providing a safe guard should the weather have been too unsuitable to paint outside, it also allowed for more painting time as we no longer had to travel to and from a lunch venue. A fantastic outside catering company provide fine Yorkshire Fayre with enough to feed all students and more. Students past and present wrote to us after their painting experience to express their appreciation of Ashley’s tuition and to generally thank Ashley for such a memorable day. We have two dates now released for next years Paint Days, the 11th and the 14th May, already the 14th is proving extremely popular. If you think this might be a suitable Christmas gift for yourself or someone you know do contact the Gallery and we will be able to provide you with further information and answer any questions you may have.

 The New Limited Edition “Coming Home before the rain” Brontë Moorland, the first release for two years was unveiled on the 1st October and has seen popular interest from those who wish to build a collection of Ashley’s limited editions and those who are new to Ashley but wished the opportunity to enjoy the view of the limited edition on their wall. The Limited edition is of 250 copies, the first 50 are remarques which are purchased with a mounted pencil sketch taken from the original drawings of the painting. Call me a romantic but there is a farm house standing proud against  the moorland, with a path that leads up to it through an open gateway and  so viewing the Limited Edition reminds me of Scarlet O’Hara reaching Tara during the Civil War, it contains the atmosphere of an emotional homecoming….. Should you wish the Limited edition is on preview at the Gallery.

 “Where Counties Meet” an exhibition celebrating the friendship of Ashley and L.S.Lowry is at present on display at Patchings, Nottingham. The title was aptly given to signify the Yorkshire and  Lancashire heritage of each artist, but a little know fact is that L.S.Lowry first met Ashley at his Gallery in Barnsley where he purchased a painting of his own choosing when turned over to display its title “Where Counties meet” was unveiled…. This was to be the beginning of a close friendship of which Ashley is honoured to contribute work to hang alongside his old mentor. The exhibition closde on the 20th November.

.Through popular demand we have also launched a new Limited Edition Beaker, which contains one of the most powerful paintings exhibited within “Power and the Passion” – The Lion at Blakey. It captures everything that Ashley transcribes so well, a warm autumnal foreground leading you to The Lion Public House with your attention held there by the powerful overcast sky. Once again Dunoon have finely displayed their attention to detail and replication of colour, which you can compare against the original painting hung within the Gallery should you choose.

A final gift to Ashley before the end of his 70th Year on October 20th was for Grand Central Railway Company to provide Ashley with the accolade of not only having a train named after him, “Ashley Jackson – The Yorkshire Artist” but to assist in his life long philosophy of making art accessible to everyone by placing reproductions of his paintings within the carriages. The train will run between Bradford and London three times a day so if you do get the opportunity travel on “Ashley Jackson – The Yorkshire Artist” and let us know what you think via facebook or twitter (photographs optional)

 Unfortunately due to phenomenal success we have no Christmas cards left this year, so I do apologise if this has left any disappointed customers. It really was a warm card depicting a community atmosphere looking from West Nab down to the village of Meltham. Please do email me if you wish to be emailed with news on next years Christmas card when it becomes available.We have placed an alternative card on the website for those who may still wish to send an Ashley Jackson card this Christmas.

Should you should wish to have Ashley personalize a  Christmas gift  please do contact us before setting off so that we may confirm Ashley’s availability as we would not wish to disappoint you after making the journey to the Gallery.

 Just a final reminder most items can be purchased through our website, all prints and Limited edition will be mailed out without frame or glass to prevent damage and we shall do our best to guarantee Christmas delivery on all goods ordered by 12 noon Monday 19th December for UK delivery. All overseas orders can be placed by contacting where we will be happy to quote postage charges and invoice you via paypal. 

  We also know how many people prefer to speak to someone at the end of a phone to discuss purchase or queries and so we are also more than happy to arrange mail order items through this means, do contact the Gallery on 01484 686460

 The Gallery will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Bank Holiday Monday, New Years Day and Bank Holiday Tuesday.

 I think that is everything, and all that is left is for me is to wish you everything that I would wish myself, happiness and health.

 Warm wishes


Ashley Jackson Galleries



A Charity Evening for the Lord Mayor of Bradford

Posted by Claudia Jackson-Berettoni on November 18, 2011 (0 Comments)

 Join Ashley on the 8th December at Bradford City Hall for an event with a difference.

Whilst Ashley entertains you with his watercolour painting demonstration, Yorkshire Humour and life stories you can feel warm in the fact that your ticket money is going to the Lord Mayor of Bradford's Charities. 

Taking place in the City Hall which will be decked out for the Christmas festivities this can really start the Christmas count down and with a raffle taking place for one of Ashley's Limited editions some one is going to reserve a fantastic gift on the evening.

Mince pies, cheese and Christmas cake will be provided with refreshments  so you may feed your stomach and warm your heart whilst being enthralled - what more can a person require on a cold winters evening.

A small selection of Ashley's books and small prints will be available to purchase with percentage donation from all sales going to The Lord Mayor's Charity .

Tickets cost £12.50 per person, which will include a light supper and donation to the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal, which is this year supporting Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Bradford Hospice.

Raffle tickets are available in advance and on the evening at a cost of £1 each or a book of five tickets for £5.

The Lord Mayor, Coun Naveeda Ikram, said: “Ashley Jackson is one of the country’s leading landscape artists and this evening will be a unique opportunity to meet him in an intimate venue.

“I hope people will join us for a fascinating celebration of art, life, and Yorkshire that will also raise valuable funds for my Charity Appeal.”

 To book tickets for the evening with Ashley Jackson or to buy raffle tickets, please call 01274 434965 or email



Yorkshire Post Literary Luncheon

Posted by Claudia Jackson-Berettoni on November 16, 2011 (0 Comments)

 Tomorrow at the Majestic Hotel Harrogate I shall be attending the 500th Yorkshire Post Literary Luncheon to speak about the fantastic biography that Yorkshire Post Feature writer Chris Bond has written about my life. The book is a collaboration of many hours of conversation between the two of us transcibed in to a chronological order with my water colour paintings interspersed through the pages alongside personal photographs.It is a warts and all description of my experiences my life growing up as a evacuee in Barnsley and making Yorkshire may home.

I shall be speaking alongside fellow Yorkshire men - Ian Mc Millan and Dickie Bird so it should be a warm truthful and informative afternoon with the possibility of purchasing signed books by all authors present - a possible Christmas present?

Tickets are available through the Yorkshire Post. 


Christmas Card levels running low....

Posted by Claudia Jackson-Berettoni on November 07, 2011 (0 Comments)




 I know it still seems too early to be thinking about Christmas, but unfortunately the adverts on television are beginning to place Christmas to the front of their agenda if not ours....

For those of you who have been looking at or even thinking about purchasing this years Christmas card can I ask that you might give it some extra thought so as  to avoid disappointment - This years card West Nab looking down to Meltham with Castle Hill and Emley Mast in the distance has been phenomenally successful and we are now extremely low in our remaining stock.(We never ever reprint the Christmas cards)

If you would like to keep a card, as I know many of you do, as it is an exclusively released card each year please do not hesitate in calling in to the Gallery, contacting us by phone: 01484 686460 or clicking on the Christmas card image to the right of this news update which will lead you directly to the Christmas card webpage.

    Don't disappoint Santa this Christmas - You know how much he likes his Ashley  Jackson Christmas Card.



Proud of Barnsley

Posted by Claudia Jackson-Berettoni on November 02, 2011 (0 Comments)


Thank you to all the budding artists in Barnsley who entered "Proud of Barnsley" a competition that allowed them to create a piece of art that expressed what or why they were proud of Barnsley. It was a difficult choice for Sir Nicholas Hewitt, Milly Johnson and myself with one winner and 11 others put forward to be entered in to the "People's Choice"  to be judged by the readers of the Barnsley Chronicle.

It was a difficult morning as you would really like to make everyone who entered a winner because by entering they have made Barnsley proud of them and they all deserve a vote of thanks for reminding us all what is important to Barnsley.  

Congratulations to everyone who entered.



Ashley Jackson Galleries are proud to present a new release to the Limited edition beakers.

For collectors of the range you will  once again be pleased with the faithful reproduction of Ashley's painting, The Lion, Blakey Ridge which formed a centre piece to the exhibition "Power and the Passion" at the Mall Galleries London and Temple Newsam House Leeds.

This is the fourth beaker we have released with all other editions being sold out extremely quickly, we have provided a pre order service through the website for the new beaker which has been extremely successful with those who have ordered their beaker receiving their presentation boxed beaker tomorrow.

The beakers are now available in person at the Gallery in Holmfirth or through the website for postage world wide. 

For those outside of the United Kingdom who may wish to purchase a beaker we are able to do this through paypal invoicing as the website does not have a facility to cost for postage over seas, should you require this service please email where I will be happy to make arrangements.  ( 1 beaker £10.00 postage, 2 beakers £15.00 postage)

The beakers would make a fantastic Christmas present for those who enjoy Ashley's paintings or who have a connection with Yorkshire and placed inside a satin inner,  green leatherette presentation box the recipient may wish to display the beaker rather than using it for cups of tea, but I can advise the beaker is dishwasherproof and intended for regular use.

For further information please take a look at the webpage:



"Art on line" with Grand Central

Posted by Claudia Jackson-Berettoni on October 21, 2011 (0 Comments)


Last Night Grand Central unveiled fantastic honour "Ashley Jackson - The Yorkshire Artist" , a train that is much more than its name, it is a public expression of my love affair with Yorkshire through faithful reproductions of my paintings in to vinyl images that are within every carriage. There is also a surprise for anyone who visits the toilets, where a painting is placed on the back of the door with words from my sketch books from the 1960's through to present day which hopefully convey my need to paint my mistress - Yorkshire.

I hope the paintings will promote Yorkshire and the beauty she beholds, whilst being a historical first for art. Now you can sit in Kings Cross admiring a landscape of Yorkshire

On a humourous issue I apologise if this has created a longer than average stay within the toilet facilities as people stop to read the passages from my sketch book.


Today is the day, a new exhibition is unveiled.....on a train

Posted by Claudia Jackson-Berettoni on October 20, 2011 (0 Comments)


Today's the unveil a fantastic accolade, a train with my paintings in every carriage, buffet car and toilets. I have always wanted art to be more accessible to everyone to enjoy and Grand Central have enabled me to put this philosophy in to reality by naming a train "Ashley Jackson - The Yorkshire Artist", I am honoured to promote Art and my passion for Yorkshire and hope that should you get the opportunity to travel between Bradford and London you might have a look and tell me what you think. 

The ceremony will take place at Bradford Interchange at 18.30pm today.  

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Where can you see paintings at 125 miles/hour

Posted by Claudia Jackson-Berettoni on October 18, 2011 (0 Comments)

 On the Thursday 20th October  5.55pm at Bradford Interchange, Ashley will be unveiling a new exhibition of  " Art on line" , to find out more join Ashley on facebook and twitter by clicking on the icons at the top right hand corner of  the page.  Be the first to find out what new experience Ashley is creating and see first hand photographs as they are released on Friday 21st October.


Where Counties meet - Exhibition at Patchings Art Centre

Posted by Claudia Jackson-Berettoni on October 05, 2011 (0 Comments)


 On Saturday 6th October "Where Counties Meet" an exhibition celebrating Ashley's friendship with L.S.Lowry will commence at Patchings Art Centre, Calverton, Nottingham. Ashley has provided a number of original paintings and Limited editions to be hung alongside lithographs and signed prints by L.S.Lowry. In 1968 a driver brought L.S.Lowry to Ashley's Gallery which was then in Barnsley , where upon he purchased a painting and on turning the painting over found the title to be " Where Counties Meet". As a tribute to this friendship Ashley has chosen the same title to explain the exhibition. Mr Lowry as he was known to Ashley was a great friend and mentor.

There will be a Meet the Artist session on the 16th October 2.30pm with tickets available from Patchings. 

The exhibition will close on the 20th November

We hope to see many of you there.