A new photography exhibition, ‘Resurrecting Ancient Egypt’, opens at Cannon Hall, Barnsley this month, featuring images by Jennifer Robertson and Lynne Fletcher of Kyte Photography.
The Kyte Photography team worked with world-renowned Egyptologist, Prof Joann Fletcher, to resurrect Ancient Egypt in Yorkshire with a collection of photographs taken across the county inspired by Ancient Egypt. Several in the collection are from West Yorkshire and two impressive pieces of architecture are in Leeds itself.
Joann Fletcher, who was born in Barnsley, is a professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, and has spent the last thirty years studying Yorkshire’s Egyptian past. An authority on ancient Egypt, from its pharaohs to mummification, Joann has published nine books and made numerous television appearances, winning a BAFTA in 2012 and most recently writing and presenting the series ‘Immortal Egypt with Joann Fletcher’ on BBC 2 (for which the Radio Times dubbed her ‘Barnsley’s Cleopatra’).
Kyte photographed 21 sites in all, including farmer’s fields, market squares, reservoirs and stately homes.
‘It absolutely amazed us how much influence from Ancient Egypt was on our doorstep in Yorkshire. We would literally be walking down a country path, turn a corner and there would be a huge pyramid or a giant obelisk staring back at us.’
Here is the full list photographed:
- Temple Works, a former Flax Mill, Holbeck, Leeds
- Pyramid memorial tomb in St John the Baptist Church graveyard Adele, North Leeds
- Nostell Priory Pyramid Gate, Wakefield
- Castle Howard (3 sites) Pyramid Gate, Obelisk and Pyramid Circle
- Undercliffe Cemetery, Illingworth Mausoleum with Sphinxes, Bradford
- Widdop Resevoir, Cutters Slack Valve House, Hebden Bridge
- Bretton Hall Pyramid, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
- Badsworth Church Pyramid Memorial near Pontefract
- Sharrow Vale Cemetery Egyptian Entrance Gates & Mausoleum, Sheffield
- Sea Life Pyramids, Scarborough Beach, North Bay
- Olivers Mount War Memorial, Scarborough
- St John Churchyard, Pyramid Tomb, Sharrow – Ripon
- Ripon Obelisk (the oldest standing in the UK) Ripon Market Plac
- Studley Royal Obelisk, near Ripon
- Locke Park Tower, Romano-Egyptian engaged column built by R Phene Spiers, Barnsley
- Wentworth Woodhouse, Pyramid Gateway, Barnsley
- Hoober Stand, Wentworth, Barnsley
- Silkstone Church, Pyramid Memorial to Huskar Pit Disaster 1838, Barnsley
- Obelisk War Memorial, East Cowick Churchyard near Snaith
The exhibition is part of a season of three new exhibitions by Barnsley Museums and Galleries, guest curated by Joann Fletcher, revealing insights into art, writing, food and drink, cosmetics, tools, religion and mummification – all influenced by Ancient Egyptian style across Yorkshire.
Jennifer Robertson (Royal Photographic Society LRPS) and Lynne Fletcher began their collaboration as Kyte Photography in 1999. They run a successful commercial photography business covering the whole of Yorkshire and beyond, specialising in people, food and lifestyle.
They have won numerous awards for their portraiture including two UK Master Photography Awards and were finalists in the Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards, Business Section 2014. Their previous exhibition ‘Yorkshire Made Me’ premiered at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2014 and broke all visitor records for a photography exhibition and went on to successfully tour Yorkshire. The duo are currently working on their latest exhibition featuring British Actresses from Stage, Television and Film.