Events & Exhibitions

Exhibition: 'Lefty's North' by Martin Kinnear

22nd September 2020 to 4th October 2020

A New Vision of the North

Since the Industrial revolution the North has never been as central to Britain’s future as it is today. Tennants are delighted to be able to present, this Spring, Lefty’s North, an exclusive collection of works created during the making of Martin ‘Lefty’ Kinnear’s forthcoming debut major gallery show. Lefty’s North is a visual record of the North of Britain and how it seems to artist Martin ‘Lefty’ Kinnear to live here now, and in our time. A native son of the North, Kinnear’s affectionate and powerful work explores the tensions between poverty and privilege, industrial sprawl and sublime natural beauty, community and isolation through the places and people which define this region. Kinnear’s eagerly awaited landmark inaugural show, Regeneration will open at The Bowes Museum in November 2020, but has already seen preparatory oils from scooped up by the Paris Salon. All works will be for sale, including pieces which are to be sold on behalf of charities supported by the artist.

About the Artist

Martin ‘Lefty’ Kinnear (born 1969), is an oil painter from the industrial valley of Burnley and Pendle in East Lancashire. His works, about the people we have become and places we inhabit in post industrial modern Britain, have won him international acclaim, including a prestigious Medaille d’ Argent at his first Paris Salon in 2018. Martin has exhibited with prestigious societies including the ROI, the RBA, at the Discerning Eye, several Affordable Art Fairs, and most recently again by invitation, in the 2019 Paris Salon with the Societie Nationale des Beaux Arts.

In 2019 he was commissioned to create a solo show by The Bowes Museum to follow up their show by Hockney and their landmark retrospective on Norman Cornish. Kinnear’s show ‘Regeneration’ will run from Winter 2020 - Spring 2021.

Paralysed on his left hand side by a stroke at the age of 34, Lefty Kinnear is actively and passionately committed to the role of art in therapy and regeneration. Describing himself as ‘possibly the best one armed painter in Wensley’ he is a patron of several stroke societies and champions personal development through art in his capacity as founder of the Norfolk Painting School. Lefty has studios in Wensley, from where he records his impressions of the North and in Norfolk where he has long been an established artist.


The Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5SG

01969 621146

The exhibition is free to enter.

Opening hours


22nd September: 10am - 12pm

Join Martin for a Preview Day on 22nd September. Martin will be in the gallery from 10am to 12pm, during which time he will be available to talk to visitors about his extraordinary work.

Entry to the Preview is free of charge, no booking necessary.

TALK by Martin Kinnear

22nd September, 3pm

For the last two years Yorkshire artist Martin ‘Lefty’ Kinnear has been feted at the Paris Salon for his depictions of the industry and the beauty of Northern England. Steeped in the tradition of Cornish, Fell, Kelly and Lowry, Kinnear has now been recognised in Britain.  In the run up to a major solo show, commissioned by The Bowes as a follow up to their Norman Cornish retrospective, Kinnear talks about the distinctive tradition of Northern painting and  the need for the region to record its unique communities and industrial heritage by creating distinctively Northern painting.

Tickets for the talk are £12 and include refreshments.

Tickets can be booked by calling The Garden Rooms at Tennants on 01969 621146.

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