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National Park’s gallery debuts the work of a former soldier turned artist

Art work by Adrian WrightArt work by Adrian Wright

A former soldier who took up painting to come to terms with leaving the Army early after sustaining an injury, is making his debut in the world of art with an exhibition at the North York Moors National Park’s gallery this autumn.

Adrian Wright who lives in Glaisdale will be showcasing a selection of paintings in the Moors Moments exhibition at the Inspired by… gallery which begins on Thursday 19 October and continues until 14 November.

Adrian only started painting eight years ago after sustaining an injury which meant leaving the Army early. He’s self-taught, having started painting using nothing more than a £5 paint starter kit.

From those early beginnings, he’s developed semi abstract and post-impressionist styles in oils, drawing inspiration from the beauty and natural colour palette of the surrounding North York Moors.

Sally Smith, curator of the Inspired by… gallery comments: “We’re delighted to host Adrian’s first exhibition. He is a self-taught and very perceptive artist. This body of work is an amazing achievement, particularly as Adrian has been through a difficult transition from his life in the Army.

“Adrian’s paintings are a great portrayal of moors moments as they capture how the landscape changes under different skies and light.”

Visitors can meet Adrian during a Meet the Artist day on Saturday 21 October. The Moors Moments exhibition is free to visit and is open from 10am to 5pm. In November the winter opening hours change to 10.30am-4pm.

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Amanda Brown
Tel: 01423 740048 or mobile: 07876 452580


Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
Tel: 01439 772700

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres), the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.  

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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