Mark Thompson

Curriculum Vitae

Born Bradford March 1957
Education: Menston in Wharfedale Primary 1961 – 1968
Ilkley Grammar School 1968 – 74
1974 – 75 Bradford Regional College of Art. Foundation.
1975 – 78 Leeds Polytechnic specializing in Etching under Norman Webster ARCA, RWS, RSPE. Gaining BA hons (2.1)

1975 – 78 Ellingstring Youth Hostel, Masham. Appointed seasonal warden.
1978 – 79 Barden Tower, Upper Wharfedale: Custodian for the Duke of Devonshire.
1979 – 80 Head of Art, Clevedon House Preparatory School, Ilkley.
1980 – 81 Stable Door Restaurant and Gallery, Middleham, Wensleydale.
1981 – 87 Barden Tower, Upper Wharfedale (following restoration) Tenant.
Developed Art Studio and Gallery with monthly exhibitions. Restaurant, accommodation and bunkhouse.
1987 -89 The Cottage Studio, Beck Hole, Goathland and (1987) The Little Studio, Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire.
1989 – 93 The Old Parsonage, East Witton, Wensleydale. Total restoration Grade 11 Listed building
1990 Paros Cyclades Islands, Greece. Photography and painting.
1993 – 94 Killorglin, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland: Freelance Artwork.
1994 – 97 Studio at The Old Parsonage, East Witton.
1997 – 2001 The Kings Arms Hotel, Reeth, Swaledale.
2001 – present The Green Dragon Inn and Hardraw Force, Hardraw, Wensleydale. Redeveloped ancient Inn, waterfall pathways, designed heritage Centre (To open 2012)
2008 – present Nappa Hall, Nappa, Wensleydale. Restoring Grade 1 fortified Manor House.
2015 - Hardraw Force Heritage Centre opened.
2015 - Photographic tour of Sri Lanka and The Maldives.
2015 - April: New studio space opened on Paros, Greece.

One man and group exhibitions include:

Gallery 1 Settle, North Yorkshire.
Midland Bank, Bradford. Nelson and Colne College. Skipton Building Society, Ilkley. Airedale and Wharfedale College, Horsforth. Cliffe Castle, Keighley. Goosewell Galley, Menston, West Yorks. British Waterways Board, Leeds. Park Square Gallery, Leeds. Northern Artists Gallery, Harrogate. North Yorkshire Artists, Braithwaite Hall, Barnsley. Royal Academy, London. The Mall Galleries, London. The Bankside Gallery London.

Craven Herald and Pioneer. Bradford Telegraph and Argus.
Ilkley Gazette. Horsforth News. Airedale and Wharfedale Observer. Yorkshire Evening Post. Huddersfield Examiner. Yorkshire Arts Magazine. Darlington and Stockton Times. Northallerton Thirsk and Bedale Times. The Field. The West Australian. The Yorkshire Dales Guide. Chartered Surveyor. Yorkshire Life. Leeds and Yorkshire Topic. Whitby Gazette. Northern Echo. Yorkshire Post Magazine.

Articles and illustrations: The Dalesman Magazine, Pennine Magazine, Artist's and Illustrators Magazine. Yorkshire Arts Magazine. Yorkshire Dales Society Review.

Television Interviews: BBC John Craven Country File. ITV Luke Casey Dales Diary. BBC Martin Parr Country File. Channel 4 News. ITV Grundy's Wonders. BBC Naked Britain.

Work in public and private collections: Britain. America. Australia. China. Canada. Japan. Greece. Republic of Ireland. New Zealand.


'Thank you very much for your drawing of the entrance of the Old Kirkgate Market. I can well understand your decision to make art your career, if only because this seems to me a very good drawing indeed.'

J B Priestley January 1974.

'We are both absolutely thrilled with your drawing and I hope to be able to buy some more of your drawings in the future.'

The Duke of Devonshire.