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Exhibitions in 2017

This year, the Inspired by... gallery is celebrating its 10th anniversary - below are the first exhibitions appearing in the gallery. Please scroll down to view previous exhibitions in the gallery.

This Exploited Land of Iron

Saturday 18 March - Monday 10 April
Photographer and writer Ian Macdonald reflects upon the past industries of the North York Moors. The exhibition is a companion piece to a 5-year National Park project - This Exploited Land of Iron. A programme of events and activities associated with This Exploited Land of Iron will be running over the next five years.

Poetry and Myth

Thursday 13 April - Tuesday 2 May
Maggie Moore's paintings and lino cuts explore the role of animals and birds in mythology, religion, poetry and literature.

Field of Vision

Thursday 13 April - Tuesday 2 May
Sculptor David Mayne offers a response to the wild landscapes of his explorations - stunning woodland, beautiful hills and dramatic moorland. 

Fusions of Light and Colour

Thursday 13 April - Tuesday 2 May
Keith Blessed's vibrant pastel paintings present a true fusion of light and colour - from storm- and wind-lashed moors to sun-drenched coast. 

Previous exhibitions 2017

Past and Present

Sunday 12 February - Monday 13 March
Join us for a blockbuster show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Inspired by... gallery. Alongside longstanding friends of the gallery, including William Tillyer, Len Tabner, Peter Hicks, John Freeman, Joe Cornish and glassmakers Gillies Jones, there's work by Norman Ackroyd CBE RA (courtesy of the Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk) as well as many other local and regional artists.

The Heart of the Landscape

Sunday 12 February - Monday 13 March
Jewellers Diane Higgins-Lee, Gracie j, Judith Gill and Angela Learoyd display their creative adornments as part of the gallery's 10th anniversary celebrations.

Previous exhibitions 2016

Under Sheltering Skies

Saturday 13 February - Tuesday 15 March
Members of the Leven Art Society portray the beauty, character and industrial heritage of the local moors and coast. 

Recurring Dreams

Saturday 13 February - Tuesday 15 March
Inspired by patterns in the natural world, the unique fractal art of Vienna Forrester shows the North York Moors in a fascinating series of landscapes and dreamscapes. 

Jewellery from the Moors

Saturday 13 February - Tuesday 15 March
Selected jewellers display their work in the gallery.

Northern Expressions

Friday 18 March to Monday 11 April
Artists Barbara Renton Wood and Lynne Herkman, and ceramicist Kath Bonson, reflect upon the people, landscapes and cultural heritage of the region. 

Nature in Detail

Friday 18 March to Monday 11 April
Andrew Hutchinson's highly detailed paintings shine a light on the farm life, wildlife and moorland environment of the North York Moors. 

The Coastline Journey

Thursday 14 April to Tuesday 3 May
Artist Caroline Riley and photographer Paul Ingram present video, photography, oils, drawings and pastels, in a vivid account of a coastal journey form Teesside to Whitby. 

From Land to Sea

Thursday 14 April to Tuesday 3 May
Bridget Wilkinson brings the coast alive with her paintings and 3D work, exploring both the smallest details and the widest landscapes. 

Illusion is the First of All Pleasures

Friday 6 May to Monday 30 May
With an emphasis on light, movement and colour, Christine Pybus's oil paintings reveal many of her favourite subjects - billowing clouds, sparkling water and deep, crisp snow. 

Flora in Abundance

Friday 6 May to Monday 30 May
Rosemary Abraham's floral paintings, landscapes and seascapes are inspired by the dramatic power of the North Sea and the simplicity of the countryside.

Hidden Depths

Thursday 2 June to Monday 27 June
Joy Green, Trish Shaw, Caroline Thompson and Gillian Elliott explore the traces of industrial archaeology, seeing how it has shaped the moors and coast - and how nature is claiming it back. 

A Landscape of Elements

Thursday 2 June to Monday 27 June
Jonathan Middlemiss' paintings, ceramics and other objects reflect the spirit and wild landscapes of the Yorkshire uplands and high moors.

Catching the Light

Thursday 30 June to Tuesday 19 July
Observe the ever-changing effects of light on our natural forms, coastal scenes and moorland landscapes through Gail Hurst's and Sue Morton's paintings, and Emma Evett's glass sculptures and jewellery. 


Thursday 30 June to Tuesday 19 July
The ancient roads and landscapes of the North York Moors, and the wild and unruly plants that flourish in the most unlikely places, are the sources of inspiration for ceramicist Charlotte Morrison and textile artist Agnis Smallwood.

Artisan Art Fair

Saturday 16 July and Sunday 17 July
Join us in the grounds of The Moors Centre for our first Artisan Art Fair, a celebration of North Yorkshire's creative artists and makers. Held in conjunction with Scarborough Arts Forum, it's an opportunity to browse and buy inspiring pieces of original art and meet the artists who created them.


Friday 22 July - Tuesday 9 August
A collective of artists and makers presents a creative response to the plight of the honey bee and other pollinators. Walk inside an enormous 3D print of 50,000 bees and learn how to connect with this vital ecological issue.

Colour in an Ancient Landscape

Friday 22 July - Tuesday 9 August
A collaborative exhibition in stained glass, textiles and other media, exploring the colours, textures and life of the moorland landscape - with Jo-Ann Eisenberg and Carol Sorhaindo.

Foray into Fibre

Friday 12 August – Sunday 4 September
Cleveland Fibre Arts textile group draws its inspiration from the countryside and coast of the North York Moors.

All Around Us

Friday 12 August – Sunday 4 September
Wildlife artist Coral Rose captures the energy and beauty of rural life, portraying traditional subjects in a contemporary style.

Natural Selection

Wednesday 7 September – Tuesday 27 September
Angela Chalmers, David Chalmers, Janine Baldwin and Lindsey Tyson interpret the beauty of the landscape through the diverse mediums of painting, photography, mixed media and textiles. 

Presence and Absence

Wednesday 7 September – Tuesday 27 September
Inspired by the exhibits in Whitby Museum (where she was artist in residence), Sandra Storey explores the significance of local artefacts and personal objects.

The Northern Connection

Saturday 29 October – Tuesday 15 November
An exhibition by selected members of Leeds Fine Artists, showing a direct personal response to Yorkshire landscapes – whether abstract, figurative or sensory.

Abbeys and Landscapes

Saturday 29 October – Tuesday 15 November
Joy Lomas is inspired by the majestic beauty and spellbinding history of the abbeys of the North York Moors.

Artist Advent

Friday 18 November – Sunday 22 January 2017
Brigantia’s artists and craftworkers showcase the very best in painting, photography, textile, ceramics and jewellery.


Sally Smith, Events and Exhibitions Officer
T: 01439 772700