Gallery all set for a picture perfect artistic attraction

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ARTISTS from across Whitby are being encouraged to paint the perfect picture and boost a new exhibition.

Bosses at The North York Moors National Park are holding a huge event to mark its 60th anniversary.

The Your Place Exhibition will be held in the Inspired by...Gallery, in Danby, later this year and will feature work from 60 creative stars whose work captures the area’s qualities.

The exhibition is part of a wider range of events to mark the park’s 60th year and will follow Inspired Landscape – a showcase of new work by artists Peter Hicks, Len Tabner and William Tillyer, Joe Cornish, Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones running from 13 May to 17 July.

Sally Ann Smith, the National Park Authority’s Events and Exhibitions Co-ordinator, said: “The North York Moors packs a wealth of different landscapes in a relatively small space from moorland to woodland, valleys to coast.

“Add in wildlife, cultural heritage and picture-postcard villages and it’s easy to see it has been an inspiration for artists for many years.

“Whether you’re a painter, potter, wood turner or photographer, if your work draws on the landscape, wildlife or maybe just the atmosphere of the North York Moors, then we’d love to hear from you.”

The deadline for submissions in the Your Place Exhibition is Saturday 31 March.

Artwork for the final exhibition will be chosen by a panel of established artists including photographer Joe Cornish, glass artist Kate Jones and landscape painter Peter Hicks.

The exhibition will run from 21 July until 19 August.

For more information and an application form log on to www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/inspiredbygallery

The gallery is currently showing the Inspired By... Nature exhibition until Monday 27 February.

Featuring local farm and moorland, from birds to rare breed farm animals, Andrew Hutchinson’s Paintings illustrate the beautiful intricate images of wildlife.

The gallery will also show the Moorlands Art Group Winter Exhibition from Wednesday 29 February until Tuesday 27 March.

The exhibition is set to include the work of four different artists and depict the wildlife and heritage of the North York Moors in four contrasting and different ways.

There will also be Images of North Yorkshire and Beyond from Thursday 29 March until Tuesday 17 April.

In March, the gallery will also host the Brigantia visits at Easter exhibition, with Moods of North Yorkshire also set to delight audiences between Friday 13 April and Wednesday 25 April.