An eclectic contemporary art gallery specialising in sculpture, ceramics and fine art paintings by British and International artists.There is a relaxed, informal atmosphere in the gallery much reminiscent of Kettle's Yard in Cambridge, verified by many visitors. Settees and stools abound throughout the gallery which sits well with a hands on approach to viewing the exhibits.
The works on display have a consistency of quality, form and often function. Sculpture by leading artists including Simon Gudgeon, Nichola Theakston and Helen Sinclair sits alongside the exciting emerging artists like Tom Hiscocks and many more.
The ceramics have a Japanese inspired influence and tend towards arty porcelain works by some of the UK and Europe's leading ceramicists plus some gems from further afield.
Fine art paintings adorn the walls throughout the gallery and tend towards the slightly abstract with the occasional wild card thrown in.
From the outset, Kate & Nick Bentley strived to bring work of the highest quality to the original Nunnington Studios gallery. From September 2016, having relocated to Kirkbymoorside, the couple continue to improve the offering with world class sculptors, internationally renowned painters and one of the finest display of modern British ceramics available in Great Britain.
Despite being filled with art, there's no pretensions here, everyone has a valid opinion!
Founders and owners of Bils & Rye Kate and Nick Bentley live for art. It is their passion, along with two daughters and an errant dog.
Kate spent the last 10 years working as an artist, recently taking a break to spend more time in the gallery alongside home schooling her young daughters. Her work covered figurative through to seascapes and much in between and her last body of work was a series showing the diversity of Highland Cattle! She has a love of dogs, horses, chocolate and entertaining (not necessarily in that order). Her greatest influence has been her incredibly arty family. Kate has subsequently retrained and works part-time managing a piano restoration workshop whilst continuing to paint commissions and also working in the gallery!
Nick spent many years in a variety of careers including air traffic control, building, event management, catering and sales. Never has he been happier than running the gallery. Many years of travel have instilled in him the power of aesthetics and quality finishes, in conjunction with well applied theory. Outside of art and ceramics in particular, Nick loves motor racing, cricket, reading and eating out! Wine is also quite important.