Andrew Black: On Clogger Lane

  • 20 Jan – 2 Jul 2023
  • Wednesday – Sunday, 10am–5pm
  • Shirley Cooper Gallery & Gallery 9
  • Free entry

On Clogger Lane is a new experimental documentary by Andrew Black.

The film meanders through the Washburn Valley between Otley and Harrogate, exploring the infrastructures of capital on land overshadowed by a monstrous satellite surveillance station, submerged beneath reservoirs, haunted by accusations of witchcraft, and populated by the traces of many generations of past inhabitants – from prehistoric carvings to the Victorian graves of child labourers.

Incorporating conversations with farmers, antiquarians, dowsers, grandmothers, Quakers, landowners and communists alongside an improvisational score, On Clogger Lane explores the meeting points of passivity and protest, public and private, past and present, all coincident in the same patch of ancient land.

This new film commission is presented alongside archival material relating to actions by largely women-led peace groups at Menwith Hill, gathered through Black’s research.


The film lasts one hour and starts on the hour.

Andrew Black is the recipient of the Margaret Tait Award 2021, a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.


— Studio International

Watch our interview with the artist

On Clogger Lane enacts a bubbling to the surface of places and people and stories and the connections between them”

— The Penitent Review


  • On Clogger Lane includes subtitles.
  • Audio description of the film is also available on separate headsets.
  • Seating is available.
  • This exhibition is hosted on the first floor.
  • Our lift is located at the rear of our building for access to all floors.
  • There are accessible toilets on our ground and second floors.
  • Please call us on 0113 320 2323 or email info@yorkshire-contemporary.local if you have any specific questions about access.