Exhibiton to mark park’s 60th anniversary

Inspired Landscape artists, from left: Len Tabner, Joe Cornish, William Tillyer, Peter Hicks, Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones
Inspired Landscape artists, from left: Len Tabner, Joe Cornish, William Tillyer, Peter Hicks, Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones

A PROGRAMME of events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The North York Moors National Park is under way at an exhibition entitled Inspired Landscape, which will run until 17 July at the Inspired by… Gallery, The Moors National Park Centre aat Danby.

Inspired Landscape comprises a strong and diverse collection of work by six of the region’s leading contemporary artists, all of whom have built up sizeable reputations both nationally and internationally, with their work widely distributed throughout private and public collections.

Aficionados and visitors alike will have a unique opportunity to be taken on an exploration of landscape by painters, Peter Hicks, Len Tabner and William Tillyer, glass artists, Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones and photographer, Joe Cornish.

The body of work reflects each artist’s passionate exploration of the North York Moors in this elemental part of Yorkshire. A short film by Nick Turner, which includes conversations with the artists, will also run for the duration of the exhibition.

Andy Wilson, Chief Executive of the national park authority, is delighted that these six artists will be exhibiting.

“The North York Moors has long been a magnet for artists,” he said.

“I am thrilled that six of our resident artists, now at the top of their respective fields, have agreed to put on this very special exhibition to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the national park.”

A fully illustrated book entitled Inspired Landscape will accompany the exhibition and explores the influence this special place has on each artist’s work.

In his foreword for the book, film-maker Richard Burridge addresses the unique features of the North York Moors and the way in which the capricious, transient nature of the elements is echoed in the artists’ work.

Burridge, who first came to live on the North York Moors almost 30 years ago, feels that he is now “firmly in the magical grip of this part of Yorkshire’s powerful gravitational field.”

He goes on to comment on “the particular magic of the moors, the solace of its emptiness, the sweep of plunging vistas, the cloak of its wildness, the deep pleasures of its endlessly changing light.”

During the exhibition, the centre will be hosting two key events at which the artists will be present.

The first event entitled An audience with our artists on Friday 25 May at 6pm, provides an opportunity to meet and learn more about what inspires these established artists.

The second event, Connected with landscape, takes place on Friday 8 June at 6pm and focuses on conversations between three of the exhibition’s artists: landscape photographer, Joe Cornish; landscape painter, Peter Hicks and glass designer, Kate Jones.

Tickets for these two events are priced at £10 each (to include canapés and drinks). As it is anticipated that demand for places at both events will be high, early booking is recommended.

Reservations are also recommended for those wishing to a have an evening meal at the National Park Centre’s Woolly Sheep Café after each of the events. For reservations, call (01439) 772738.

Inspired Landscape will exhibit at other venues, commencing October/November at award-winning Fifiefofum Gallery, Northumberland www.fifiefofum.com, then at Joe Cornish Gallery Northallerton.