North York Moors Gallery Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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North York Moors Gallery Celebrates 10th Anniversary

National Park Gallery’s special exhibition marks a decade of showcasing art inspired by the beauty of the North York Moors

A special exhibition opens in February in the North York Moors National Park to mark the 10th anniversary of its art gallery at Danby.

The ‘Past and Present Exhibition’ runs from 12 February until 13 March. It brings together an extensive body of work, much of it specially created for the exhibition, from many artists who have been involved with the ‘Inspired by’ gallery at The Moors National Park Centre during the last decade. The exhibition will also showcase the work of artists who will be represented in future exhibitions at Danby.

The gallery, which is free to enter, has hosted around 100 exhibitions since it first opened in 2007. Each year it provides a valuable platform for up to 100 emerging, local and nationally-acclaimed artists. All of their work has been inspired by the diverse landscape of the North York Moors.

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The initial success of the gallery, which now attracts around 103,000 visitors annually, led to the National Park extending the exhibition space. Through the formation of a volunteer group eight years’ ago, more artists and exhibitions are now being supported every year.

The wild moorland, majestic coastline and quiet dales, together with the heritage of the North York Moors National Park provide a rich seam of inspiration for artists over the years using a wide range of media – from textiles and ceramics through to photography to paintings.

This will reflect in the display of work by 21 artists during the milestone exhibition. It sees many first showings of new work, including paintings by John Freeman and Clare Caulfield, and a fascinator by milliner Bridget Bailey, together with existing paintings by artist Len Tabner.

Through a collaboration with the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk, new paintings by renowned artist Norman Ackroyd will also be on display.

North York Moors Gallery: “Celebration of the achievements of the last decade”

The first day of ‘Past and Present’ opens with a Love in the Air event on the Sunday before Valentine’s Day. This will lift the curtain on a display of jewellery that features in a parallel exhibition at the gallery entitled ‘Heart of the Landscape’.

Sally Ann Smith, curator of the Inspired by… gallery says: “’Past and Present’ will be a celebration of all the achievements of the last decade. Particularly the strong relationships we have built with art galleries and artists and the support we have been able to give to those artists who have a real passion for the National Park.

“Having been involved with the gallery right from the start, I’m still impressed with and proud of the creativity and new ways that artists find to express the special qualities of the North York Moors. Such as the huge walk-in fabric beehive created by artist Laney Birkhead and the tree root sculptures by Azad Mohammed.

“Inspired by… is now a popular visitor attraction. We’re looking forward to working with more emerging as well as familiar artists in the future.”

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