Kid In A Sweet Shop - Jo Peel - Solo Exhibition

Opens Friday the 9th of November

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Art Exhibition

Kid in a Sweet Shop

by Jo Peel

November 8th – November 30th

Art of Protest Gallery, York. 16 Little Stonegate

The UK chocolate industry is the centre of a new solo exhibition by Sheffeild born urban landscape artist Jo Peel at

The Art of Protest Gallery York. Over the past 9 months Jo has painted a series of works presenting the journey of

UK chocolate from utopian communities to a globalised driver of stock exchanges around the world. The paintings,

and screen prints, focus is on how chocolate has influenced the cities of York, Birmingham and London; and how

philanthropy expressed through architecture and social planning were overtaken by the bottom line economics of

the late 20th century.

There will be a series of original paintings on canvas and drawings on paper shown at the exhibition which include

contemporary views of York, Birmingham and London. In addition, an exclusive limited edition collection of hand

pulled screen prints will also be available to own. Jo will be installing a new indoor mural within Brew York’s beer

hall and a street art installation at The Art of Protest Gallery on Little Stonegate prior to the exhibition opening.

Jo Peel explained her inspiration “Over the last nine months I have been researching the British chocolate industry.

Starting in York with Rowntree’s and Terry’s and on to Bournville to discover a parallel history steeped in Quaker

roots and a philanthropic approach to business.

I was interested with the parallels in the rise of the chocolate industry and the rise of capitalism; as chocolate has

often been described as “The perfect drug for Capitalism”

The slow erosion of ideals in favour of profit were finalised when the Cadbury business was bought by Kraft, and

now Mondelez, in a hostile takeover. Both Rowntree and Terry’s are also owned by Nestle and Mondelez


From site visits and photographs, I have created a body of work for the exhibition that documents the buildings as

they stand now. Cadbury is the only one left still functioning as a chocolate factory today.

Of the collection Jo Peel said “It really struck me how visual the legacy of the chocolate industry was at the heart of

these cities. Decisions taken were influenced by their Quaker ideals with investment in the communities where their

workers lived and worked. The buildings and community projects left over by chocolate give us an alternative visual

record on this time. Through the remaining, and changing, architecture 150 years of industrialisation and de-

industrialisation is the landscape for all that see it today.”

Craig Humble, co-founder of The Art of Protest Gallery said “The exhibition reminds us of one of the first principles

of landscape painting, a nostalgia for what is gone. If Constable was reacting to the Industrial revolution and land

enclosure’s effect on the working people of the day I feel Jo Peel is doing something similar with this collection. The

buildings and views she selects remind us of something that is gone. Once the employers were at the heart of

shaping the community and influencing their workers values. This exhibition, for me, isn’t about whether things are

better or worse at these two points as hindsight can sometimes chocolate coat the past as maybe Constable did;

but by documenting the changes in contemporary paintings Jo has created a collection tied to our society’s

evolution from manufacturing to consuming. It may also be asking us how business is now is aspiring toward a

utopia; and who will leave a legacies as potent as the Rowntree’s or Cadbury’s of the 19th century.”

Jeff Clarke, of The Art of Protest Gallery, added “We’ve had Jo’s work in the gallery since this time last year and

been overwhelmed with the warm reception people have had for her alternative views of the world we live in. She

does our favourite thing of making us look and reassess what is beautiful and worthy of being a subject for painting.

Jo is well known as a street artist and animator with these aspects of her work displayed from Cambodia to London

and from Pittsburgh to Sheffield. We are really grateful and proud to work with Jo while she has been looking at

some of York’s other histories and how that echoes through the country via a history of chocolate and sugar.”

Exhibition opens to the public on November 9th until November 25th at The Art of Protest Gallery, 16 Little

Stonegate, York YO1 8AX – 01904 659008

contacts –

Craig Humble co-founder Art of Protest Gallery – 07989970011 –

Jeff Clark co-founder Art of Protest Gallery – 07969398388 –


Born & Raised- STATIC- Exhibition

Join us at the gallery for the opening of the show for drinks and celebrations from 7pm for the unveiling of the mural and the new collection.

Join us at the gallery for the opening of the show for drinks and celebrations from 7pm for the unveiling of the mural and the new collection.

Art Exhibition 

Born & Raised 


October 19th – October 31st 

Art of Protest Gallery, York. 16 Little Stonegate

The Art of Protest Gallery York is proud to bring Scarborough duo STATIC back to the North for their first solo exhibition in their home county. This follows exhibitions in Asia and the U.S and high profile presence on the London street art scene.

Street artists Craig Evans and Tom Jackson have been working together under the name STATIC since 2006. Earlier this year, they were the headliners at the UK’s leading mural festival in Bristol, Upfest; as well as joining the artistic protest in Bethlehem, ignited by the opening of the BANKSY hotel. Now for the first time in their long and successful career they have a solo exhibition in their home county of Yorkshire. During their residency in York STATIC will paint a floor mural in The Art of Protest Gallery and a wall mural at Brew York as part of the continuing public art program instigated by The Art of Protest since their opening 2 years ago. 

STATIC’s studio work is created using a combination of screen printed and stencil/spray painted techniques. They also produce layered glass artworks which play with space and how a perceived 2D visuals can shift to reveal a 3D picture. 

Their very first print - the Chinook Chandelier - quickly became an important motif of their work and has appeared across the world including this year’s UPFEST. They painted a mural using patterns found in their latest body of work and a 5ft stencil of the signature Chinook Chandelier. This year the image has also appeared half way up one of the watch towers in Bethlehem near the BANKSY hotel when STATIC were invited over with a group of influential UK street artists.

Craig Humble, co-founder of The Art of Protest Gallery said “The exhibition, although focusing on new spray and collage work based on Modern Muses & Connexions will also work as a mini retrospective. This way the gallery can show STATIC’s journey and successes down south and around the world over the past 12 years including key signature themes, like the Chinook Chandelier which have had so much coverage in Bethlehem and Bristol.”

Jeff Clarke, the other partner of The Art of Protest Gallery, added “We love the way STATIC react to the ephemera of our everyday environments. The Connexions pieces in the show started as a commission project with Network Rail where the guys have described the journey between York and Kings Cross through patches of pattern and design encountered on a specific journey.” 

STATIC said: “The Chinook Chandelier has been our logo since we started working as STATIC back in 2006. It came about from us bouncing simple images and ideas back and forth between us and has appeared in many guises down the years.

“There’s two parts to it and individually they have their own meanings but when combined those associations are altered and flipped on their head. We think it’s a positive message and have always received a good response from members of the public who have seen us painting or pasting them up and we’ve always enjoyed reinventing it and reinterpreting it depending on what style or direction we’re working in.”

STATIC are the founders of one of the largest community street art projects in the UK called Wood Street Walls, which uses street art to drive awareness & funding for community schemes and projects involving children and education. They are collected by the Saudi Royal family, musicians Natalie Appleton and Liam Howlett amongst others.  

Press Call and Private view from 7pm Thursday October 18th, please contact the gallery to be included on the list.

Exhibition opens to the public on October 19th until October 31st at The Art of Protest Gallery, 16 Little Stonegate, York YO1 8AX – 01904 659008

contacts – 

Craig Humble co-founder Art of Protest Gallery – 07989970011 –

Jeff Clark co-founder Art of Protest Gallery – 07969398388 –   

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