Saturday 17 May to Monday 16 June
Free Entry: 10.00am to 5pm, daily
Meet the Artists: Saturday 17 May, 12 noon to 3pm, with music by harpist Elisabeth Westhead, for 30 minutes at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm.
Graham Anderton and Sue Slack team up to create a truly unusual exhibition inspired by the Tour de France's 'Grand Depart' from Yorkshire in July 2014. In Recycled Countryside, Sue's vibrant paintings - made from points along the route of Le Tour - complement Graham's delicate metal sculptures, which are fashioned from bicycle parts and inspired by animals of the National Park.
Sue Slack takes her inspiration from the moorland landscapes that surround her.
Her art is both a celebration of familiar places and a vibrant exploration of the way that landscapes change according to points of perception. As a keen cyclist and walker she enjoys a fundamental connection to the countryside, and her latest work reflects the varying emotions experienced by those completing a challenging journey – exhaustion, despair, determination, pride and joy.
I love the varied landscapes of North Yorkshire, from dale to moor, and am mightily impressed by those who seek to tackle them by bike, whatever their motivation. Look carefully at my latest works and you’ll spot a tiny cyclist or two on the distant horizon, or zooming down a hill, or slogging across the moor tops. The beautiful landscapes are still there – and are fundamental to my work – but I hope I’ve also shown the energy, excitement and power of the cyclists as they journey towards us.
Graham Anderton works from a forge at the edge of the North York Moors. He’s inspired by the 150-year-old steel-making heritage of Cleveland – which is rooted in the very fabric of the local community – and has turned a lifelong fascination with steel into a thing of beauty.
Graham has always had a passion for making things out of metal, although he didn’t realise at first that he was creating art. He now brings four decades’ experience of working with steel to show others the beauty inherent within metals.
Heating, bending, welding and machining metals all give different results. Graham then shapes the metals into designs that bear his own unmistakable style.
In his latest work Graham recycles old bicycle parts and turns them into delicate metal sculptures that are inspired by animals of the National Park.
For more about Graham and his work, see www.graystarforge.com
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