PAINTINGS by two Keighley-district artists are being displayed as part of a 'past and present' initiative.

Work by the late Allan Laycock is being paired with pieces by Jess Kidd for a presentation, which will be shown daily on the big screen in Centenary Square, Bradford, throughout next month and October, at 12.30pm.

Organiser Colin Neville, curator of the Not Just Hockney website, says: "The work of both Allan Laycock, who died in 2020, and Jess Kidd is characterised by the subtle presentation of the impact of light on the landscape, and the use of colour that captures the mood at a particular point in time."

Allan, born at Sutton-in-Craven in 1928, studied at Keighley School of Art.

In 1945 he and another student were chosen to paint mural panels celebrating post-war rebuilding, which were displayed in the town centre.

Following National Service, he returned to Keighley School of Art in 1948.

And he then went on to gain an art teacher's diploma at Sheffield College of Art.

Mr Neville says: "After leaving college he continued to live locally, and was a member of Keighley Art Club.

"He moved away to work for advertising agencies and design groups in Norwich and London, and overseas in New Zealand, before finally locating in Gloucestershire. Although trained as a graphic artist, he's best remembered for his landscape paintings, which were widely exhibited in the UK and overseas."

Jess graduated in 2008 from Central Saint Martin’s Art College, London, with a degree in fine art.

She says: "I'm a multi-disciplinary artist with a current focus on mixed-media painting, exploring landscape in relation to cognitive behavioural therapy. I'm inspired by art that provokes people to reconsider the familiar. Since Covid, and experiencing unexpected grief, I have started to explore the subject of light. Throughout Bradford district, light can change so quickly, creating fleeting moments of joy."

This year she has won the Joan Day Bursary from South Square Arts Centre, Thornton, and the Scott Creative Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award.

The ‘past and present’ display will also feature the work of four other artists from the Bradford district. Painter Allan Gummerson, who died in 2020, is matched with artist and teacher Sharon Snaylam; and the graphic designer, Eric Lombers, who died in 1974, is linked with multidisciplinary artist and designer, Ben Holden.

The work and profiles of all six artists can be found at