Lovers of the arts and the countryside have a dual treat in store at the Moors National Park Centre, Danby this summer. The Centre’s Inspired by … gallery is hosting a complementary pair of exhibitions which celebrate the creative responses of local artists to the Yorkshire landscape.
The first of the two, Yorkshire on my Mind, showcases the work of a group of northern artists, all four of whom cite their surroundings as the main influence on their styles of work. Martin Priestley’s black-and-white photographs and Jane Carlisle’s vibrant hand-painted silk collages strive to convey the atmosphere and drama of our county‘s landscapes and monuments. Textile artist Elizabeth Spencer uses felt with different fibres and materials to create vessels, pictures, scarves, jewellery and cushions imbued with the textures and colours of the natural world. Chris Rymer is a woodturner who seeks through his work to accentuate the beauty of wood by seasoning, shaping and finishing it in such a way as to conserve the character of the grain.
The second exhibition, entitled By Winding Paths, uses the art of embroidery to evoke the passing of the seasons. The three exhibitors set out to capture the colours and textures of the North York Moors National Park and its shifting patterns of light and weather.
Sue Pilkington-Hanna is a freelance hand-embroidress and textile restorer who works from her studio in Whitby. She has worked on a wide range of textiles and her work is international in scope. In this collection, Sue combines her skills in hand embroidery with other media to conjure the changing moods of the moorland scenery. Lydia May Hann is a young textile artist and embroidress who puts experimentation and exploration at the heart of her work. Having grown up in Norway, the Shetland Isles and the North York Moors, she has a strong emotional bond with rugged upland landscapes and a keen sense of the relationship between people and their heritage. Her unique hand-embroidered pieces echo the natural forms and textures of the landscape. Christine Wilde has waited all her life for the opportunity to focus on her embroidery. Having retired, she is now able to devote herself to her craft and is studying with Sue to produce pieces of a superb technical standard in her own distinctive style.
The National Park’s events officer, Sally Smith, said: ‘These two exhibitions really highlight the wealth of talent we have in the North York Moors. They show the role that National Parks play in inspiring artists to do some of their best work.’
Both exhibitions are to be held concurrently. Yorkshire on my Mind opens on 30th August and By Winding Paths on 31st August. Both run until 11th September. Opening hours are 10am–5pm and entry is free. Between 2pm and 4pm on 1st September visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists and talk to them about their work.