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Exhibitions 2018

Below are this year's exhibitions appearing in the gallery. Please scroll down to view exhibitions from earlier in the year.

Dark Skies

Saturday 10 February - Monday 16 April
The year’s opening exhibition features a collection of outstanding artists from the region inspired by the dramatic skies of the North York Moors. Artists include: Len Tabner, Joe Cornish, Peter Hicks, Beveley Ann Hicks, Ian MacDonald, Kane Cunningham, Jo Barry, Kate Lycett, Rebecca Vincent, Jill Ray, Heather Burton, John Creighton, Robert Brindley, Andrew Broderick, Mike Shaw, John Freeman, Emma Stothard, Patrick Smith, Adrian Wright, Peter Heaton, David Owen and some pieces from Leeds Fine Arts and East Anglian Marine Artists and inkylinky.

Dark Skies - Inspired Jewellery

Saturday 10 February - Monday 16 April
Showcasing their lovingly designed wearable art are Jackie Selcraig and her amazing handcrafted jewellery, jeweller InkyLinky, whose work includes etched silver and copper, and Jenny Weston and her semi-precious stones.

Love in the Air

Sunday 11 February
A special Valentine’s event. Meet the exhibition artists, browse jewellery from selected makers, and enjoy free chocolates, a glass of wine and music by harpist Sarah Dean.

Shoreside to Moorside

19 April to 21 May 
Pam Scott, Ian Nicholas, Sally Nicholas and Anthony Cox find diverse inspiration from the North York Moors. Each has a distinctly different style and point of view when putting paint to paper. The exhibition is complemented by a display of fused glass jewellery and sculpture.

From Coast to Country

19 April to 21 May 
Heather Burton’s palette knife paintings capture the changing moods and character of our landscape, from rugged coastlines and cliff-hugging villages to dramatic moors and hills.


19 April to 21 May 
Exploring the people, flora and fauna that inhabit this local landscape, Suzie Devey uses an array of printmaking techniques to reveal untold and unimaginable encounters. Playing with scale and proportion this exhibition surprises the audience with microscopic elements encountered as large-scale linocut prints and detailed story scrolls depicting incongruous moments from everyday life in the North York Moors.

Moor Impressions

24 May to 18 June 
The East Anglian Group of Marine Artists tours the North York Moors annually and has amassed an amazing body of work inspired by the area. There will also be a small framed postcard exhibition, one from each of their artists.

Hidden Landscapes

21 June to 16 July
Sandra Storey, Jane Carlisle Bellerby, France Payne and Fiona Mazza explore the relationships between objects, collections, landscape and memory, seen through diverse lenses and mediums. Hidden places of the North York Moors and of the mind underline connections between the natural world and emotional well-being. The exhibition includes a focus on walking, collecting and attachment to significant objects.

Northern Territories

21 June to 16 July 
Two Somerset artists, Sara Dudman and Jenny Graham, showcase their creative response to the North York Moors and coast in works inspired by the land and environment. They provide fresh eyes and a new perspective on what may be familiar sights to local residents.

Teesside University Inspired

19 July to 28 August
Exciting, innovative and engaging art work by Teesside University's multi-talented art students, inspired by the wonderful scenery, landscape and folklore of the North York Moors and Tees Valley.

Small Scale Collectables

19 July to 28 August
An exhibition of small pieces of work from some of the most successful artists of the 2017 ‘Art to Go’ exhibition. All pieces are framed and cost less than £50.

A Broad Canvas

19 July to 28 August
Artwave North, a diverse group of mixed-media artists based in Darlington, respond to the life, landscape and majesty of the North York Moors.

Fields and Furrows

31 August to 24 September
Printmaker Rebecca Vincent interprets the rural landscape as a colourful pattern of inter-connecting shapes. Using a wide variety of textures and intricate details, her hand-printed etchings convey a delight in the countryside.

Threading through the Moors

31 August to 24 September
Diverse Threads is a group of York-based artists with a passion for textiles. They each address the landscapes, colours & textures of the North York Moors in an individual way to produce a riot of colours.

A View on Landscape

31 August to 24 September
Mark Sofilas’s paintings are inspired by the idiosyncrasies of the northern English countryside, bringing to his work the perspective of someone who originates from a very different landscape.

Altered Images

31 August to 24 September
Local woodworker David Hannah creates unique decorative mirrors and furniture using a wide variety of British hardwoods, mainly sourced from North Yorkshire. David’s philosophy is that art and functionality can be combined to create truly special pieces of wooden art.

Forwards and Backwards

27 September to 16 October  
Cleveland Fibre Arts showcase their knowledge of traditional local crafts and textiles in a wide-ranging exhibition.

Earth, Sea and Sky

27 September to 16 October
Working in watercolour Jake Jones focuses on light and atmosphere to create pieces inspired by the constantly changing beauty of the North York Moors and coast.

Time and Place

20 October to 13 November
An exhibition by members of Leeds Fine Artists (one of the oldest regional arts bodies in the UK), showing a direct personal response to Yorkshire landscapes, especially the North York Moors – whether abstract, figurative or sensory.

Brigantia's Yorkshire ‘Hygge’

16 November to 20 January 2019
Find unusual gifts created by talented artists, artisans and craftworkers from around the region.

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.


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.

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.


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.


Sally Smith, Events and Exhibitions Officer
T: 01439 772700