Pyramid Gallery started to host annual charity events in 2009 and has so far raised  £3824 for charities by


11 Nov 2009 Kangaroo Moon benefit gig raised £200 for St. Leonard's Hospice

30 January 2010 Isabel Wakeman raised £185 for the Medicin Sans Frontiers Haiti Earthquake appeal

4 November 2010  'York' exhibition and raffle raised £865 for St.Leonard's

14 October 2011 UNDER COVER benefit gig  raised £460 for St. Leonard's

15 October 2011 'Smile' Exhibition and raffle raised £365 for St. Leonard's

14 November 2011 'David Baumforth' Exhibition and raffle £240 for the Stroke Association

14th October 2012 Blackbeard's Tea Party concert and ceilidh raised £602 for Walk Against Crime (see a video here) plus approx £400 to the charity that runs Clements Hall

20th October 2012 'Tales From the River Bank' exhibition with raffle raised £970 for St. Leonard's Hospice

1st Dec 2012 an evening with Nika Shirocorad raised £147 for St. Leonard's Hospice

9 March2013 An Evening with Nika Shirocorad  and Barrie Webb raised £132 for St. Leonard's Hospice

2 June 2013 An Evening with Nika Shirocorad  and Barrie Webb raised £154 for St. Leonard's Hospice

Thank you everyone who help us to raise £417 for the Zuri Foundation on Sat 10 August which has brought teenagers from the Marthare Slums of airobi to York!

Click to Watch them dance  in York



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Opened on Saturday 20th October at 11am

Tales from the river bank

This exhibition includes a raffle of paintings donated by ten artists. Tickets on sale for £2 each. The draw will take place on Nov 14th. Money raised so far by commission donations, plus sales of pieces of Roddie Harris's art installation and  the raffle is £507 (as of Nov 14th) . Prizes include the book 'Mark Hearld's Workbook' priced at £30 (thank you to the publishers Merrells for this donation)



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thank you everyone who attended this event (about 100 altogether) and everyone who helped

Clements Hall (itself a charity) also benefitted from hall hire costs (£125) and bar sales of over £500, giving an estimated total amount donated to charities of £950

Thank you also to the following organisations who donated raffle prizes

YORK ARCHAELOGICAL TRUST , Jorvik Centre  pass for two people

SHARED EARTH, Minster Gates, £30 Token for Cooperative, Box of Nepalese boxes, Egyptian papyrus painting, Framed Seaside theme collage (4 prizes)

PANDORA , Shambles, Photo frame

THE CAT GALLERY , Petergate, ‘Turbo Track’  Cat Toy

INCALLAJTA , The Shambles, fair-trade Shoulder bag

THE YORKSHIRE SOAP Co, Blake Street,  gift bag with Soap and novelty soap

GOJI  , Goodramgate , Tea for Two voucher

BOLSITA,  Micklegate, 2 prizes, set of 3 ladies & set of 3 mens  scarves

BACCHUS WINES & SPIRITS Goodramgate, Voucher for 2 bottles of Stellenrust Fairtrade wine from South Africa

KENNEDY’s Little Stonegate, voucher

YORK GLASS LTD, 34 The Shambles,       Lucky glass cat

 COFFEE CULTURE , Goodramgate, £10 Gift Voucher

 MARK YOUR MARK, Goodramgate, ‘Christmas’ rubber stamp and ink pad

 VOM FASS , Petergate,  Two prizes of Vouchers for tasting evening for 2 people worth £30 per prize

 TULLIVERS wholefoods King’s Square, box of essential oils

 ‘ONE’  Ethical Boutique, Grape Lane, Necklace

 PYRAMID GALLERY, Stonegate, Mirror with antique finish

 NEAL’S YARD Petergate, selection of creams and potions in Gift Box


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copy of letter from Zuri Foundation acknowledging the donation (click to expand)





FUNDRAISING for the Stroke Association 2011

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The Majesty of York Minster- this painting has been donated by DAVID BAUMFORTH to the Stroke Association and will be the prize in a raffle for which tickets may be bought for a donation (suggested £3)

The draw will take place at 1pm on Christmas Eve. Tickets available from Pyramid Gallery until noon on Christmas Eve, 2011


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Thank you everyone who came and made this such an enjoyable evening, raising £460 for St. Leonard's Hospice! The additional raffle of artworks in our exhibition SMILE! has raised a further £354 

RORY MOTION performs 'Welcome to the Washing Machine'

RORY MOTION performs 'Osbaldwick Woman on my Mind'

Rory Motion performs 'I saw my whole life ...'

Click Here to watch RORY MOTION on Ecover 

Click here to watch UNDERCOVER

Click here to watch Magic Ball Man

An evening of entertainment and music

7pm til midnight

Friday 14th October 2011

at Holgate W.M.C, New Lane, Holgate, York YO24 4NT


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for the benefit of

St. Leonard's Hospice


UNDER COVER from West Yorkshire are one of several acts that are fronted by Jazz singer Julie Edwards and saxophonist/guitarist Kevin Dearden.

for more about Julie Edwards and Kevin Dearden of Under Cover  click here to go to Julie's website . Here is an extract...

Derbyshire born vocalist Julie Edwards and saxophonist-turned-guitarist Kevin Dearden will have been together for a decade in 2010. They have produced three CD's; 'Eden', 'Connections' and 'Rhyme or Reason' which have been featured on Michael Parkinson's and Humphrey Lyttelton's shows on BBC Radio 2 and on local radio stations in the UK and elsewhere.

With a degree in psychology, Julie worked as a sign painter, a youth club assistant, an insurance seller, a photographer and in adult education, before deciding to concentrate on singing. She studied at Leeds College of Music between 1994 and 1997 on a Postgraduate Diploma, where she discovered jazz as taught be Angela Elliot, Pete Churchill and Nikki Iles and where she sang in Tony Faulkner's Duke Ellington Repertory Orchestra. In 2000 she recorded her first album, 'About Time Too' and shortly afterwards teamed up with Kevin.

Having played electric bass as a teenager, Yorkshire born Kevin took up saxophone at age 20, studying with jazz educator Richard Ingham. Three years later he entered the Royal Northern College of Music. In the RNCN Big Band he worked with Bobby Shew, Lou Tabackin, Stan Sulzman and Victor Mendoza. He backed Tina Turner, Shirley Bassey, Barry White and Paul Anka at the Sporting Club of Monte Carlo. He directed Bradford University Big Band and the RNCM Jazz Ensemble, has designed Edexcel jazz courses and taught HNC jazz. He now teaches one-to-one and coaches student big bands. In the last 3 years he has added jazz guitar to his repertoire, which has become his favoured instrument.

Together they have played to enthusiastic and ever increasing audiences all over the UK, having appeared at many festivals and venues including Cleethorpes, Wigan, Scarborough, Birmingham, Cork and Keswick Jazz Festivals, the award winning Wakefield Jazz, The Boxford Fleece in Suffolk, Lincoln New Jazz Five, Ipswich Jazz, Jazz in Oxon, Swansea Jazzland and the Asociasion de Amigos Del Jazz in Spain.


also performing to music...


From York


The Magic Ball Man

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skillful and intriguing, this guy can make a clear sphere appear to defy gravity


we are grateful for the involvement of the following individuals and organisations for their involvement with this event


St. Leonard's Hospice

for being a partner in the promotional side

SHARED EARTH for involving Pyramid Gallery with the


Founder and MD of Shared Earth Jeremy Piercy will be walking across Britain to raise funds for a projetc that will bring dancers from Nairobi to the UK in 2012. The dancers are ex-members of street gangs from the deproved areas of the city. It's an exciting and necessary project that Pyramid Gallery will be taking part in. Meet Jeremy at this  event on Fri 14th Oct, where there will be a display of information.


if you enjoyed the magazine LIVE&LOVE for its short but succesful existence, then you may be interested in Stuart Goulden's latest project. It's a social hub, a news organ and a resource for charities and businesses for amdministration and promotion of their projects. You can meet Stuart at the event on Fri 14th Oct. Take a look at what they are about

And for the Raffle prizes we thank...










'The Pyramid Sage' is a collaboration between Pyramid Gallery and local musicians and artists to raise money for selected charities . The 2011 event is being organised by Gillian Byrom-Smith and Terry Brett with the help of many others to raise money for St. Leonard's Hospice. The Pyramid Sage would just like to take this opportunity to state that we do not use camels for entertainment and we have no idea how it got here.


also for St. Leonard's Hospice.....

opening on Sat 15th October at 11am

an exhibition of art

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