Inspired by... gallery

The beautiful Inspired by … gallery at The Moors National Park Centre hosts changing exhibitions of work by artists and craftworkers who draw their inspiration from the landscape, life and colour of the North York Moors.

We have an exciting programme of exhibitions and events for 2014. Panoramic vistas, seascapes, dramatic photography, artist lectures, unique ceramics, colourful textiles - what will inspire you today?

  • Talk to your favourite artists or discover new ones at our 'Meet the Artist' preview events. Join us for a drink and nibbles while learning about their work.
  • The Inspired by… gallery is also pleased to present a programme of special events and concerts throughout the year.
  • Artworks, artisan crafts and handmade jewellery are available for sale in the gallery shop and craft area. 
  • See our exhibition archive and read artist profiles. 

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Current Exhibitions 2014

Francis Nicholson and the Lure of the Picturesque

Saturday 17 May to Sunday 15 June
Explore the rise of watercolour painting and printmaking through the pioneering works of Francis Nicholson(1753-1844)

Paysage Recycle

Saturday 17 May to Sunday 15 June
In 'Recycled Countryside' - inspired by the Tour de France's 'Grand Depart' - Sue Slack's vibrant paintings complement Graham Anderton's delicate metal sculptures.


Forthcoming Exhibitions 2014

Snickets, Stones and Streams

Friday 20 June to Sunday 20 July
Mixed-media embroidery by Sue Pilkington-Hanna, ceramics by John Egerton, hand-spun and knitted jewellery by Lisa Armstrong and oil paintings by Sarah Garforth.

Red Hen Originals 

Thursday 19 June to Monday 21 July
Julia Burns' quirky, original hand-printed images have a contemporary edge but are all made using that most traditional of techniques - potato-printing.

Aspects of the Moors

Friday 25 July to Sunday 17 August
New work by members of Ryedale ArtWorks (RAW) explores the varied landscapes of the North York Moors - painting, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, glassware and textiles. 

Spirited Wildlife

Wednesday 20 August to Tuesday 16 September 
Wildlife artist Andy Broderick and sculptors Emma Stothard and Stef Ottevanger take a close look at the wildlife all around us.

Changing Places

Friday 19 September to Sunday 12 October
Bridget Wilkinson and Meg Ashley celebrate the dynamic northeast coastline in paintings and ceramics that reflect the rhythmic splendour of nature.

North Yorkshire, Naturally

Friday 19 September to Sunday 12 October
Dennis Roddam's art works and ceramics capture the natural spirit of North Yorkshre.

Lingering Presence

Wednesday 15 October to Sunday 9 November
Photographer and poet Phil Cornelius, pastel artist Keith Blessed and candle-maker Chris Jones explore the spiritual nature of the North York Moors and coast.

Quilting For All Seasons

Wednesday 15 October to Tuesday 11 November
Quilted works by the Cleveland Fibre Arts textile group, inspired by the seasonal changes in the North York Moors' countryside and coast.

Brigantine Artistry

Saturday 15 November to Sunday 11 January 2015
Brigantia's artists and craftworkers showcase the very best in art, sculpture, textiles, carvings and ceramics.

Christmas Craft Fair

Saturday 15 November to Sunday 16 November
Over 30 stalls of arts, crafts and seasonal gifts, from jewellery, ceramics and stained glass to willow tree decorations, scented soaps and handmade chocolates.

New Ground

Saturday 22 November to Sunday 25 January 2015 
Printmaker Hester Cox and ceramicist Charlotte Morrison explore the history, nature and landscape of the North York Moors.


Previous Exhibitions 2014


Thursday 6 March to Tuesday 1 April
Artisan blacksmith David Stephenson and artist Sue Slack find strength in the power of three.

The Moors

Thursday 6 March to Tuesday 1 April
Photographer Charles Twist is a passionate advocate of old cameras and lenses.

Nature in the Spotlight

Saturday 1 February to Monday 3 March
Artist Andrew Hutchinson and wildlife photographer Steve Race place the natural world at the heart of their work.

Pathways to the Coast

Saturday 1 February to Monday 3 March
Rosie Dean's vibrant paintings capture the endlessly changing weather, moods and landscape along the North York Moors' coast.

Landscapes For a Dark Summer

Friday 4 April to Sunday 11 May
Renowned landscape artist Peter Hicks presents a major exhibition of striking new work.



Sally Smith, Events and Exhibitions Officer
Tel: 01439 772700

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