Serpents, black dogs and witch hares - student art to go on show in Danby

Cottia Fortune, one of the students whose work will be shown in a unique two-part exhibition celebrating the work of art departments at a Teesside University which opens  at the Inspired By...Gallery at the Moors National Park Centre in Danby next month. picture: Tony Bartholomew.
Cottia Fortune, one of the students whose work will be shown in a unique two-part exhibition celebrating the work of art departments at a Teesside University which opens at the Inspired By...Gallery at the Moors National Park Centre in Danby next month. picture: Tony Bartholomew.

A unique two-part exhibition celebrating the work of art departments at a leading Northern university opens at the Inspired by ... gallery at the North York Moors National Park Centre in Danby later this month.

Teesside University Inspired (July 19 to 28 August) will feature the work of students in two departments at the university – Fine Art, and Concept Art – inspired by the landscape and folklore of the North York Moors and Tees Valley, including stories of mythical serpents, magical witch hares and the gytrash, a legendary black dog said to haunt the Moors.

Ahmed Albastaki.

Ahmed Albastaki.

The exhibition, which is also part of the Great Exhibition of the North’s Inspired by’ programme, is split into two parts, with students from the fine art department exhibiting from July 19 to August 8 and from the concept art department showing their work from August 10 to 28. There are sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographer, film-makers all exhibiting.

Lewis Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Teesside University, said: “A lot of the students who are taking part in the exhibition were already working with themes of landscape, nature and the environment, but with the knowledge that they have now of this particular environment they’re responding more directly.”

Nigel Kitching, Senior Lecturer in Concept Art, explains: “Concept art is about taking an idea and visualising it – the first step on the design of something like the recent film Blade Runner 2049, for instance, would be an artist creating images for the set designers and builders to work from.”

Inspired by… curator Sally Ann Smith said: “The North York Moors National Park is known worldwide for its glorious landscapes, but what’s perhaps less well known is its rich folklore and mythology. Using these themes of landscape and folklore, the students are presenting a body of work that stretches their creative talent and creates a new representation of the moors.”

There will be two ‘meet the artists’ days, on Saturday July 21 and Saturday August 11, both from 2pm-4pm.

The Inspired by… gallery is open daily, from 10am to 5pm in July, and from 9.30am to 5.30pm in August.