How do two artists living in sunny Somerset perceive the dramatic and moody landscape of the North York Moors?
That’s the question answered by new exhibition Northern Territories, which opens this month at the Inspired By… Gallery at The Moors National Park Centre. Also on display is Hidden Landscapes, an exhibition of paintings, prints, textile work and sculptures by a group of artists and friends that each have strong local connections.
Artists Sara Dudman and Jenny Graham met by chance a few years ago. They both live and work in Somerset, but they also share an enthusiasm for travelling to new places to gather inspiration and source materials.
The exhibition Northern Territories showcases a whole new body of work; the result of several joint research trips to the North East, specifically the North York Moors National Park and Bempton Cliffs RSPB Reserve.
Long-established painter and printmaker, Jenny Graham, has completely revised her painting style, moving towards a far more atmospheric and abstract way of painting.
She said: “It’s amazing how much going away with Sara to these wild places has affected me and how important it felt to capture the feeling of the places we visited. My former more descriptive style just didn’t seem to work any more.
“I have come to love this part of the world. It feels wilder and appeals to my romantic spirit.”
Following their first residential research trip to Staithes in May 2016, they knew they needed to return to Yorkshire for further visits. Having become connected to this part of the country, it felt wholly appropriate for them to bring their painted and drawn responses to their experiences back to the place of their origin.
Also on display is Hidden Landscapes, an exhibition by Yorkshire artists and friends Sandra Storey, Jane Carlisle Bellerby, Frances Payne and Fiona Mazza. The exhibitions run simultaneously from now until Monday July 16. Jenny Graham and Sara Dudman are hosting a coffee with the Artists session on Friday July 13, from 10.30am to 11.30am. Tickets £3, booking is essential.