Published On: Thu, Jul 3rd, 2014 on 11:50 am

Cyclists and art lovers flocking to Brighouse ahead of Le Tour

Michelle Campbell Tour Map

Michelle Campbell's tour map

To celebrate the arrival of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, a gallery in Brighouse is holding an exhibition showcasing paintings by artists who have been inspired by the race.

The Harrison Lord Gallery, located on Bradford Road in Brighouse, has opened its Tour de Yorkshire art exhibition that contains prints and original paintings centred around the world’s biggest cycling event.

Steven Lord, the owner of the Harrison Lord Gallery, told the Yorkshire Standard: “The Tour de France exhibition has created a huge amount of interest from cyclists and art lovers alike.

“I have never seen such excitement for a local event and our exhibition which celebrates the Tour de Yorkshire, is buzzing with people planning where and when to see the race.

“What better way to remember it than with a piece of art, which has been inspired by the world’s biggest sporting event passing through our home county?”

The show includes work by Jane O’Neill who was recently featured on BBC’s Countryfile, who was shown cycling up Cragg Vale, part of the Tour route, and then in her studio making prints and glass coasters.

Another artist is Michelle Campbell who, over the last 12 months, has gained an enviable reputation for artwork inspired by the Tour featuring a series of quirky cyclist characters such as Dynamo Derek in local settings.

Just for the show, she created two detailed maps depicting the two stages of the Tour de Yorkshire in her quirky, humorous style.

Other featured artists include Alex Tomlinson, Roger Simpson, Paul Shipley, Tony Noble, Anthony Marn, Andy Farr, Martin Cowton, and Christine Evans.

The Tour De Yorkshire exhibition is being held at the Harrison Lord Gallery in Brighouse until 11 July. It is free to enter.

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