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Artwork by James McGairyArtwork by James McGairy

We have an exciting programme of talks, events and workshops in the gallery during 2017, including a fashion show and an eclectic musical programme. For more information and bookings, please call the Inspired by… gallery on 01439 772737 or go to our EventBrite page where online booking is available.

Dark Skies - ‘The Little Picture Show’ (Sunday 12 February - Monday 13 March)

Dark Skies Fractal art by Vienna ForresterA fractal art and jewellery exhibition featuring works by artist Vienna Forrester inspired by our dark skies in our micro-gallery, and part of our second Dark Skies Festival

Vienna's unusual approach to image-making results in vigorous, explosive colour formations. Using latitude, longitude and the time/date stamp from her digital photographs as integers, she produces fractals which are further manipulated to represent aspects of place. What evolves is a fusion of two distinctly differing fields – the absolute rules of the fractal algorithm and the imagination of the artist. 

The theme of this exhibition has allowed Vienna to give free rein to her imagination. Combining digital absolutes with personal consciousness and emotional response, her work aims to showcase the mysteries and wonder of space from an artist's perspective. Fantastical galaxies, the 'space race', and the beauty and romance of the notion of space itself opens up so many colourful possibilities to explore.

Cost: Free entry
Time: 11am – 4pm (drop in anytime). Find them in the micro-gallery that we call ‘The Little Picture Show’.

Creations in Willow with Willow Expert Anthea Firth

Willow expert, Anthea Firth, is leading five special willow workshops this year at The Moors Centre. The workshops are aimed at beginners as well as those with some experience of the craft. You'll learn the core techniques required for willow working as well as the specific skills needed to create your willow creation. Please wear comfortable casual clothes. Materials and tools provided. Learn how to make:

  • Little Owls (Saturday 11 March 10am – 3pm; £45 including materials and light refreshments) - make a willow owl, perfect for garden or patio. 
  • Jewelled Dragonfly (Saturday 10 June 10am – 3pm; £45 including materials and light refreshments. If you have your own special bead please bring along) - make your own dragonfly – from willow to jewelled wings to adorn your garden or patio.
  • Large garden deer (Saturday 28 October 10am – 3pm; £45 including materials and light refreshments)
  • Large Christmas angel (Saturday 11 November 10am – 3pm; £45 including materials and light refreshments)  
  • Wreaths and decorations (Saturday 2 December 10am – 3pm; £45 including materials and light refreshments)

Minimum age 16 but must be accompanied by an adult.Advance booking essential for all workshops. Online booking available at http://northyorkmoors.eventbrite.com/

Paint with James McGairy (26 March, 23 April, 14 May, 18 June, 16 July, 20 August, 24 September 10.30am – 4.30pm)

Small-group workshops focusing on acrylic paint, a forgiving medium for beginners and more experienced artist alike. James will demonstrate his methods and you’ll leave at the end of the day with your own painting. Minimum age 16 but must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: £45 including all materials, lunch and refreshments. Advance booking essential. Online booking available

Spring Glorious Glass Workshop (8 April 10.30am – 4.30pm)

Judith Gill shows you how to create an inspiring glass window or wall hanging, and explores a range of exciting techniques used in fused glass design. Work will be fired after the class and returned to the venue for you to collect.
Cost: £90 including all materials, firing and light refreshments. Advance booking essential. Online booking available
Minimum age 16 but must be accompanied by an adult.

Ceramics Workshop (Sunday 9 April 10am – 4pm)  

Penny Hunt uses hand-building techniques to create ceramic pots, bowls and brooches. Learn how to impress grasses and seed heads into the clay and add colour using slips. Work will be fired at Penny's studio the following week and can be picked up from there or posted to your home address for additional postage costs.
Cost: £50 including all materials and light refreshments. Please bring your own lunch. Advance booking essential. Online booking available
Minimum age 12 but must be accompanied by an adult.

Screen Printing Workshop (Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April 10.30am – 4pm)

Gill Kirk focuses on the linear qualities of the east coast landscape to teach masking and stenciling techniques.
Cost: £40 one day, £80 two day, including all materials and light refreshments. Advance booking essential.
Minimum age 12 but must be accompanied by an adult.

Monoprinting Workshop (Saturday 20 May; Half-day workshop with sessions at 10.30am – 1pm or 2pm – 4.30pm)

Textile artist and printmaker Gill Kirk leads a half day workshop using flowers and grasses, and etching press and acetate sheets to explore basic mono-printing techniques using natural plant material. Advance booking essential.
Cost: £15 per session. Includes materials and light refreshments.
Minimum age 9 but must be accompanied by an adult.

Machine Embroidery Workshop (Sunday 21 May 10.30am – 4pm)

Free-motion machine embroidery with Gill Kirk – create a mixed-media piece responding to the wild flora found in the North York Moors using layers of cotton, scrim, net and threads with gesso and acrylic paint. These will be worked into with free motion machine embroidery. This workshop requires participants to bring their own sewing machine which allows a free machine foot to be used with the feed dog down.
Cost: £40, including all materials and light refreshments. Advance booking essential.
Minimum age 12 but must be accompanied by an adult.

Absolutely Buzzing - special events

As part of our wearable art exhibition, ‘Absolutely Buzzing’ (26 May – 26 June), we’re hosting a series of talks, workshops and for children, a whole host of creepy-crawly crafts and activities.

Flight Path with Bridget Bailey (Saturday 27 May, 12 noon – 1pm)

Designer and milliner Bridget Bailey shares images of her work past and present, discusses her career, and reveals how she became a textile artist and milliner.
Cost: £5, includes refreshments. Advance booking essential. Online booking available

Hungry Caterpillar’s Party (30 May, 10:30am – 11:45am and 2:15pm – 3:30pm)

Collect food for the hungry caterpillar in a special caterpillar bag and then transform your bag into a beautiful butterfly!  There are two separate sessions, starting at 10.30am and 2.15pm. Not wheelchair accessible. All children to be accompanied by an adult. For ages 3 to 7. Advance booking essential. Online booking available
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50

Creepy Crawly Carnival (31 May, 10:30am –12 noon and 1:30pm – 3:30pm)

Drop by to create a carnival headband and make some wings – and our face-painters are here too! (extra charge). Our Grand Parade begins at 1.30pm, when you can scurry, buzz and wiggle around the arena before taking part in bug-themed activities and races. All children to be accompanied by an adult. For ages 3 to 7. Booking not required, drop in any time.
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £3

Brilliant Beetles (1 June, 10:30am – 12 noon)

Go on a beetle hunt in the grounds – how many different types can you find? Make some brilliant beetle sculptures to take home. All children to be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age: 4. Booking essential. Online booking available
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50

Dazzling Dragonflies (1 June, 1:30pm – 3pm)

Learn about our dragonflies, do some dragonfly art and take home a fabulous sculpture. All children to be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age: 4. Booking essential. Online booking available
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4 50

Absolutely Buzzing: The Show (Saturday 24 June; drinks from 6pm, show starts 6.30pm)

Join us for an amazing fashion extravaganza featuring some of the region’s best textile designers, with music by Artbarge. Enjoy canapés and insect-inspired ‘mocktails’ (courtesy of Tree Top Press) and be in with the chance to win a wearable piece of Bridget Bailey art.
Tickets: £20, including canapés and mocktails. Advance booking essential

Flight of the Bumblebee Workshop (Sunday June 25, 10am – 4pm)

Create delicate flying insects using feathers, fibres, silks and velvets, with twirling swirling flightpaths incorporating Bright Bailey’s textile and millinery techniques. Booking essential. Online booking available
Cost: £50, including all materials, although a basic sewing kit with sharp scissors is required.
Minimum age 14 but must be accompanied by an adult.

Artisan Art Fair (Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 July, 10.30am – 4pm)

Our popup Art Fair returns to the grounds of The Moors National Park Centre, 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, meet the artists and makers, and watch them demonstrate their techniques. There will also be music and poetry workshops.
Cost: Free entry (drop in anytime)

Printmaking Workshop (Saturday 19 August 10.30am – 4pm)

Penny Hunt explores the use of drypoint etching and monotype to create images based on the small elements that make a larger landscape.
Cost: £40, including all materials. Please bring a packed lunch. Advance booking essential.
Minimum age 12 but must be accompanied by an adult.

An Interview with Peter Hicks (Saturday 23 September, 2pm; gallery closed for public viewing)

Photographer Joe Cornish talks to renowned artist Peter Hicks about his career and his journey in art.  
Cost: £5 (booking essential)

Get crafty for Christmas

Join us as we get ready for Christmas with a series of craft workshops and our annual Christmas Craft Fair. Learn a new skill, so you can make your own presents! Or come along to the Craft Fair to meet the makers and pick up a unique gift.

Christmas Willow Workshops with Willow Expert Anthea Firth

Willow expert, Anthea Firth, is leading five special willow workshops this year at The Moors Centre. The workshops are aimed at beginners as well as those with some experience of the craft. You'll learn the core techniques required for willow working as well as the specific skills needed to create your willow creation. Please wear comfortable casual clothes. Materials and tools provided. Learn how to make: 

  • Large Christmas angel (Sunday 5 November 10am – 3pm; £45 including materials and light refreshments) 
  • Wreaths and decorations (Saturday 2 December 10am – 3pm; £45 including materials and light refreshments)

Advance booking essential for all workshops. Minimum age 16 but must be accompanied by an adult.

Christmas Craft Fair (Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 November 10.30am – 4pm)

Complementing Brigantia's artists and craftmakers, who will be exhibiting in the Inspired by... gallery (17 November until 21 January 2018), our popular annual Christmas Craft Fair returns. Celebrating the very best of local arts, country crafts and seasonal gifts, from jewellery and ceramics to tree decorations, scented soaps and handmade chocolates, there'll be hundreds of gifts to suit every purse. As well as the wide-ranging goods on the stalls, seasonal gifts will be on sale in the Centre’s shop. There’s also a visit from Santa, traditional music and children’s craft-making activities.
Cost: Free entry (drop in anytime)

Christmas Glorious Glass Workshop (3 December 10.30am – 4.30pm)

Judith Gill shows you how to create an inspiring glass window or wall hanging, and explores a range of exciting techniques used in fused glass design. No experience needed. Your work will be fired after the class and returned to the venue for you to collect.
Cost: £90 including all materials, firing and light refreshments. Advance booking essential.
Minimum age 16 but must be accompanied by an adult.