IN THE KNOW Kitchen kudos York executive chef Saurabh Prabhakar was furloughed during the pandemic but every day following lockdown he cooked from his home to provide food for York Hospital, ambulance depot, corner shop employees, council workers and refuse collectors to ensure essential workers never skipped a meal. He produced more than 720 meals from his home kitchen to support people protecting his community. Saurabh was recognised in the #SLHFORHEROES awards – of the worldwide 500 winners, 29% were in the UK, with Saurabh the winner from Yorkshire winning a two-night stay at one of the properties in the Small Luxury Hotels portfolio. HOMECOMING Leeds born artist Bridget McCrum brings her first show in Yorkshire to Harrogate gallery Messums. It will exhibit her most recent drawings, The Conference of the Birds, alongside a collection of bronze and stone sculptures. Still working with intensity, Bridget McCrum has made her career in England and this show is the 86-year-old artist‘s first in Yorkshire. McCrum’s work is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. Inspired by the ancient Mesopotamian artefacts she discovered during her youthful travels in the Middle East, and by the work of Brancusi, Hepworth, Moore and Frink, McCrum’s approach to sculpting is a reductive one, removing mass from a block of stone, using carving and sanding tools. In her charcoal drawings her favourite subject of birds depict speed and movement with simplified forms capturing the weightlessness of birds’ bodies suspended in mid-air. Says Johnny Messum, ‘We are delighted to be holding Bridget McCrum’s first Yorkshire exhibition in our new Harrogate gallery. We have shown Bridget’s works in our galleries in London and Wiltshire and it is very fitting that her sculpture and drawings should be introduced to art lovers in the county where she was born.’ messumsharrogate.com HELPING HAND A Yorkshire-based bag company has committed to donating 25% of all profits back to its suppliers in India as the country struggles amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Carol Pinder, founder of Beaumont Bags, has been in constant contact with her suppliers, who she regards as close friends, Lokesh, one of the company’s suppliers, owns a leather handicraft shop in Rajasthan. His area relies on tourists for roughly 80% of its economy and with none visiting since March and the amount of coronavirus cases still on the rise, the future looks uncertain. Carol Pinder says, ‘I desperately want to help Lokesh and his family and the only way I know how to is for me to continue to sell their bags. However, it’s proving difficult with the weekend fairs I normally attend being cancelled so I’m focusing on my online sales instead.’ The company hopes to clear its online stock so it can put in a new order for more bags to be made, thus creating work and generating income for suppliers. Carol first came across the leather bags when making her way through India on holiday with friends in 2012. Visiting the shop several times whilst in the area, Carol and Lokesh became firm friends and she then decided to sell them back in the UK. beaumontbags.bigcartel.com 18 Yorkshire Life: October 2020
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