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Exhibitions in 2017

This year, the Inspired by... gallery is celebrating its 10th anniversary - below are this year's exhibitions appearing in the gallery. Please scroll down to view exhibitions from earlier in the year.


Thursday 19 October – Tuesday 14 November
Celebrate the landscape and wildlife of the North York Moors and its coast with featured photographers including Joe Cornish, Peter Leeming, Lucy Saggers, Steve Race, Robert Fuller, and John Clifton. Also on show in the gallery is sculptor David Cooke, who creates dynamic wildlife pieces in a variety of styles and media.

Moors Moments

Thursday 19 October – Tuesday 14 November
Based in Glaisdale, in the heart of the National Park, Adrian Wright paints with a limited palette of colours, typical of the moorland landscape, and depicts the moody and dramatic skies of the North York Moors and its coast.


Friday 17 November – Sunday 21 Jan 2018
Welcome to the annual showcase seasonal exhibition from the artists of Brigantia. They present a gorgeous selection of leatherwork, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, photography, prints and paintings – wintertime, seen through artists’ eyes.

Christmas Craft Fair

Saturday 18 November – Sunday 19 November
Celebrating the very best of local arts, country crafts and seasonal gifts, from jewellery and ceramics to artisan gins, scented soaps and handmade chocolates. There’s also a visit from Santa, traditional music and children’s craft-making activities.

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.

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.

In Black and White

Friday 5 May - Tuesday 23 May
Printmaker Ian Burke brings us black and coloured relieft-print images on Japenses handmade paper - his graphic response to living by the coast in the National Park.

Prevailing Sense of Change

Friday 5 May - Tuesday 23 May
Underscored by historic memories of the northeast’s seafaring ports, Martin Fowler’s sketches and paintings record a changing way of life and work.


Friday 5 May - Tuesday 23 May
Michelle Freemantle presents a series of ceramics whose visual identity is inspired by the colours and markings in fields, tractor tracks, and fence and hedge boundaries.

Feather and Fur

Friday 5 May - Tuesday 23 May
Using pastels and acrylics, Diane Todd’s paintings feature texture and colour in wonderful detail, expressing her love of wildlife in the North York Moors and beyond.

Absolutely Buzzing

Friday 26 May – Monday 26 June
From a wearable wasp to a buzzing bouquet of bees, and from textile taxidermy bell-jars to millinery moths, designer and milliner Bridget Bailey explores the natural world in a textile spectacle – a fresh take on what is both beautiful and wearable.

Moor Stories

Thursday 29 June – Tuesday 25 July
Rich in beautiful landscapes, industrial heritage and iconic ruins, the North York Moors is also rich in stories, from the Battle of Byland to the legends surrounding Roseberry Topping. Ian Scott Massie has walked, sketched, written and painted his way across the moors, and the result is an inspiring collection of paintings and screen prints, and an accompanying book.

Impressions in Clay

Thursday 29 June – Tuesday 25 July
Katy O’Neil's contemporary ceramics and jewellery reflect the throw-away nature of modern life and how it affects the land. She uses found mechanical objects to impress marks on to the clay surface to form designs.

A Personal View

Thursday 29 June – Tuesday 25 July
Sue Ford presents a personal view of Yorkshire, in watercolour, pastel and mixed media.

Art to Go

Saturday 29 July – Monday 4 September
Local and regional creative talent come together to promote access to art for all. The exhibition features an outstanding array of affordable, portable (no larger than 10cm x 15cm) art, with each piece remaining anonymous until after purchase.

The Feel of Freedom

Saturday 29 July – Monday 4 September
A show by Penny Hunt about the little things that make up the landscape of freedom - the places where you feel the full force of wind and weather, and find some perspective on life.

Peter Hicks: A Retrospective

Saturday 9 September – Monday 16 October
A look back at the 60-year career of this most renowned of North York Moors artists, from his time at Leeds College of Art to the present day. Peter Hicks’ working life has been a search for identity through painting, with ‘landscape as metaphor’. The Esk Valley has played a major role in his development as an artist, where the magic of a hidden valley contributes toward shaping the way he expresses himself in painting. The valley is his home and also his visual home, rich with unending promise.


Sally Smith, Events and Exhibitions Officer
T: 01439 772700