Northern School: From Degas to Ghislaine Howard

This exhibition at the Gateway Gallery was a significant step in defining what is becoming known as the ‘Northern School’  – tracing a lineage from Degas’s interest in selling his paintings to the Manchester cotton merchants of the nineteenth century, through the work of Sickert, Valette, Lowry, and contemporary artists such as Liam Spencer, Helen Clapcott and Geoffrey Key. It was especially exciting as it featured one of her major canvases: The Degasists, unseen since 1986 when it was shown at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.