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Long Live The Christmas Tree! Artists

Long Live The Christmas Tree! will feature 11 artists and makers from across Yorkshire and beyond, bringing a contemporary festive twist to the State Floor, creating trees (and ‘trees’) inspired by the natural world, winter rituals and Harewood itself. Long Live the Christmas Tree! will conjure the playfulness, joy and warmth of the season.


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Swallows & Damsons 
Foraged florals entwine in a welcoming wreath

Founded by Anna Potter, Sheffield-based floral artists Swallows and Damsons bring an unexpected and uniquely wild feel to floristry and have worked on a number of international projects from their flower shop at the heart of their local community.




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Phoebe McElhatton
Playful plasterwork tumbles upwards in a feast for the eyes

London based Phoebe McElhatton works across sculpture and design using a variety of mixed media materials including clay, plaster, Jesmonite and wax.





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Juli Bolaños-Durman
Find festive beauty in the discarded and reclaimed

Costa Rican-born, Edinburgh-based Juli works with found glass and other objects, playfully creating fascinating characters and pieces.






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Meriel Hunt
A ‘Bee Tree’ reflects on natural seasonal cycles

Meriel Hunt is a set designer and art director from Wales. Her experience, spanning work as varied as local community folk exhibitions and luxury fashion events, has shaped her design philosophy and unique style admired by a similarly eclectic group of clients and collaborators.




Andy Singleton, photo credit Nick Singleton

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Andy Singleton
Paper swirls and spirals into ornate embellishments

Andy Singleton is a paper artist and illustrator based in Wakefield. His work is an exploration of the natural and manmade world through intricate paper cuttings, paper sculpture, hand drawn illustrations and large scale installations. 




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Ashley Karrell
Feel the winter solstice through poetry, dance and film

Ashley Karrell is an award-winning artist, whose work spans across film, photography, theatre and visual art with a career spanning over 20 years. His name is well known for the film and documentary of Geraldine Connor’s epic masterpiece Carnival Messiah, which was performed at Harewood in 2007.




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Galvin Brothers
Take a seat on a contemporary festive design

Beverly-based family business Galvin Brothers design and manufacture thoughtful furniture using the best quality timbers, revisiting traditional techniques in modern ways.





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Simon Costin
A striking tree gathered from Harewood’s grounds

Simon Costin, Artistic Director of Harewood’s 2018 Christmas, works internationally as an Art Director and curator. His work has been displayed in many exhibitions from Argyll to the ICA in London to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.




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Opera North x Martin Green
Pause – listen – hear the sounds of Christmas tradition

Opera North is the national opera company for the North of England, that creates extraordinary experiences every day, using music to entertain, engage, challenge and inspire. Martin Green is a multi-award winning musician and Ivor Novello winning composer.

Trumpets  Laura Jurd
Voices George Duff and the Singers of the Waverley Bar, Edinburgh



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Hughbon Condor
Be inspired by Carnival and celebrate one love

Leeds based costume designer Hughbon Condor is an internationally-respected carnival costume designer with over 45 years’ experience. He has been closely associated with Leeds West Indian Carnival for many years and has participated in a number of international carnival events.




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Yasemen Hussein
Burnished copper branches and sparkling crystals

Copper artist Yasemen Hussein sculpts intricate coppers pieces from her converted stable house in south London. Yasemen’s pieces range from light fittings and interior centrepieces for large- scale displays to wearable stageware for Katy Perry, Will.i.am and the Spice Girls.