A little help from friends wanted by gallery

The North York Moors National Park Authority is looking for art lovers to help set up a new friends group for its gallery in Danby.

The centre’s Inspired by... Gallery hosts a changing programme of exhibitions by local artists whose work reflects the diversity of wildlife, landscape and heritage found in the North York Moors.

The authority is seeking people who would be willing to give a few days of their time to help man and promote the gallery’s exhibitions. Computer skills would be beneficial but are not essential.

In return, volunteers will receive specialist talks and demonstrations from exhibiting artists, invitations to preview events and a 10% discount in the gallery on the days they are on duty.

Members of the Friends of the Inspired by… Gallery would be part of the authority’s existing volunteer service and would also be entitled to travel expenses and 20% discount in the shops at Sutton Bank and The Moors National Park Centres.

Sally Ann Smith, the National Park Authority’s events and exhibitions co-ordinator said: “With a dramatic coastline, moorland, woodland and lush green dales, the North York Moors is a wonderful source of inspiration.

“Over 120,000 people visit The Moors National Park Centre each year so the gallery provides an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of our talented local artists. Becoming a friend of the Inspired by… Gallery will give an insight to the gifted crafts people found in and around the National Park.”

The Inspired by… Gallery has been open for four years. Past exhibitors have included sculptor Jennifer Tetlow, potter Elizabeth Bailey and painters Peter Hicks and Peter Sarginson. The gallery currently has an exhibition of landscape images by photographer Joe Cornish which runs until 30 January from 11am to 4pm during the weekends only.

Anyone interested in volunteering with the gallery should contact Sally Ann Smith on (01439) 770657 or email s.smith@northyorkmoors-npa.gov.uk