Exhibit: Past and Present marks gallery’s 10th anniversary

Harbour boats by Martin Fowler.
Harbour boats by Martin Fowler.

The North York Moors National Park has always sparked the imagination of artists and the Inspired by… gallery’s current exhibition highlights how the beautiful and varied landscape is reflected in a vast range of creative forms.

Marking the gallery’s 10th anniversary, the Past and Present exhibition brings together the work of 21 contemporary artists who have found inspiration in the scenery, nature and heritage found on the moors, along the coast, in forests, as well as in the villages and towns within the National Park.

Fish Boxes by Ian Burke.

Fish Boxes by Ian Burke.

Many new pieces of work are on display including a series of prints of Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay and Staithes produced by West Yorkshire artist Claire Caulfield and an insect bouquet fascinator by renowned London milliner Bridget Bailey, who hails from North Yorkshire.

Her nature-inspired millinery will be the subject of a future exhibition at the Inspired by… gallery later this year.

Local artists who have long-standing connections with the gallery are also involved including John Freeman and Len Tabner, sculptor Emma Stothard, Rosedale glassware artists Gillies Jones and Danby resident Peter Hicks.

Sally Ann Smith, curator of the Inspired by… gallery, said: “The exhibition really highlights the fantastic wealth of creativity we have locally as well as among artists who are drawn to the North York Moors from further afield.

Coastal Path near Cloughton, by Linda Brill.

Coastal Path near Cloughton, by Linda Brill.

“We’ve been delighted to help provide a platform for these artists and are looking forward to continuing working with them and new names in the future.”

The Past and Present Exhibition continues until Monday March 13.

Entry is free and the gallery is now open daily from 10.30am to 4pm.

Visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk for more information.