A three-week exhibition, which explores how industry has shaped the North York Moors landscape and nature has reclaimed the spaces left by former industries, kicks off next week.
The North York Moors National Park’s Inspired by… gallery is hosting work from a number of artists for the This Exploited Land exhibition which coincides with the launch of a four-year project to record and tell the story of the era when ironstone mining dominated the area.
Visitors to the gallery at The Moors National Park Centre at Danby will be able to view a series of atmospheric black and white images by Grosmont photographer Ian MacDonald featuring notable landmarks left by the Victorians after the ironstone boom ended as well the present-day heavy industry which fringes the National Park.
Guisborough artist James McGairy has focussed on those areas where nature meets industry through his paintings of South Gare on the River Tees and the remains of the mines and calcining kilns at Rosedale.
The legacy of the past at Rosedale is also the theme taken by Scarborough artists Janine Baldwin and the Hanover Studios Collective comprising Trish Shaw, Caroline Thompson, Gill Elliott, and the late Joy Green. The Collective’s exhibits, which are dedicated to Joy and her husband Derek who sadly died last year, include abstract images created from objects left from the ironstone era, paper cuts symbolising how men toiled in the landscape, and paintings depicting how scars of former industrial workings are now part of the beauty of the area.
Meanwhile Janine has harnessed her passion for the natural environment through an evocative range of images of the Rosedale scenery using pastels, charcoal and graphite.
The exhibition runs from today until April 10.
The Moors National Park Centre is also hosting Ironfest tomorrow (Sat) where visitors can learn more about the work that will be undertaken within the This Exploited Land of Iron project and volunteering opportunities through a series of talks and displays of ironstone artefacts.
The £3.8 m project covering a 77-square mile area of the North York Moors National Park where ironstone mining once flourished, has been supported by a grant of £2.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Visit www.northyorkmoors/landofiron for more information.