Walker Morris Shortlisted for Community Engagement Award through Art

Posted by Claudia Jackson-Berettoni on February 03, 2012 (0 Comments)


Walker Morris Shortlisted for Community Engagement Award

Law firm Walker Morris has been shortlisted for the prestigious Managing Partners Forum European Leadership - Community Engagement Award, in recognition of its 17 years' investment in art and creativity in primary school aged children.

Walker Morris was nominated for the Community Engagement Award for its £1.2 million, 17 year programme of investment in art and creativity in primary schools.  Walker Morris integrated what was originally a regional painting competition with its other national art sponsorships and as a result, was able to create unique opportunities for schools, teachers and pupils 

I have been fortunate to be a judge in partnership with Walker Morris for nearly 18 years on their Calendar Competition. Art requires no academic qualifications only imagination and freedom and thus all children of all abilities are able to enter the competition without embarrassment or fear ,it is has an inclusive ethos allowing art for all.

The inspiration to the children is clear to see in their faces when with great pride they see their painting in the calendar, a calendar which raises funds for St Martin's House Hospice.Last year a number of schools were able to participate in workshops and masterclasses enabling me to work alongside enthusiastic children and teachers.To make such an impact on some one’s life is not something that I or Walker Morris take for granted and our commitment to the competition continues.  

The Managing Partners Forum Awards take place on the 1st March 2012, I wish Walker Morris every success.


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We would like to wish you all a happy New Year with this photograph of Folly Dolly, beauty within yards of Meltham to Netherton Main road.

We would also like to thank all our clients and friends who have visited us at the Gallery or travelled to exhibitions throughout the years.

You will notice our gallery and website does not offer additional savings, discounts or reductions we value our customers and therefore would not cause disappointment to those who have purchased before. We like to believe that we are consistent with our pricing and offer value to all those who collect and enjoy the Yorkshire Moorland though Ashley's paintings, limited editions and prints.

So be assured when you purchase at Ashley Jackson Galleries.





Last minute shopping - Downloadable Gift Vouchers

Posted by Claudia Jackson-Berettoni on December 22, 2011 (0 Comments)

 May we wish everyone a warm and welcoming Christmas and happy and healthy 2012.

Should you have left  Christmas gift purchasing to the last minute we can still assist with our downloadable Gift Vouchers, which as they do not require postage can be purchased right up to gift giving on Christmas day.

The recipient can then use the vouchers to purchase and choose to their own personal taste and requirements.

We shall be closed Christmas day, Boxing Day and Bank Holiday Monday, New Years Day and Bank Holiday Monday so if you require a breath of fresh air between Christmas and New Year do call in to the Gallery.


Warm wishes from

Ashley, Claudia, Sandra, Helen and Lynn 


Slight Christmas Sprinkling this morning

Posted by Claudia Jackson-Berettoni on December 15, 2011 (0 Comments)


Woke up to a slight sprinkling of Christmas snow and low cloud over the moors, but as the morning progresses the snow is melting leaving a slushy trail in its path. All roads are clear so no worries for Santa at the moment.....


Just to remind you all, our last date for  mail orders guaranteed for Christmas will be the 19th December, so do take a look at the website over the weekend.

We wish to thank everyone who has supported Ashley Jackson through 2011, visiting exhibitions, demonstrations and the Gallery in Holmfirth, we look forward to meet you all again in 2012

Warm wishes for Christmas     


Worried about the weather

Posted by Claudia Jackson-Berettoni on December 10, 2011 (0 Comments)

If you are worried about the weather, why not guarantee your Christmas presents arrival by ordering on line or over the telephone.

 There is something for everyone from bone china beakers for your daily cuppa to paint days on the moor with Ashley.

If you need assistance please do not hesitate to contact us on 01484 686460 and we will endeavour to provide Christmas gifts for all to enjoy

 Warm wishes  Claudia


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.