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109 Miles exhibition opens 11 May ahead of Cleveland Way’s 50th anniversary

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Photo/Interview opportunity: Thursday 9 May (2pm-3.30pm) – the Inspired by… gallery will be installing the final panels for the 109 Miles exhibition. Artist Debbie Loane and gallery curator Sally-Ann Smith will be available for interview.

A major one-person exhibition gets underway later this month at the North York Moors National Park’s Inspired by… gallery in the run up to the 50th anniversary of the Cleveland Way National Trail.

For over a year Debbie Loane, as the trail’s artist-in-residence, has been preparing around 100 paintings and drawings depicting the diverse landscape of the Cleveland Way which runs across the North York Moors National Park and has helped inspired scores of artists since it opened on 24 May 1969.

Each piece within the 109 Miles exhibition at Danby, which runs from 11 May to 9 June, will be based on Debbie’s interpretation of seven distinct stretches of the Cleveland Way using differing artistic styles – from charcoal drawings and watercolours through to collage compositions.

The work will include scenes such as the wild landscape of Urra Moor, the pigeon lofts at Skinningrove; the iconic shape of Roseberry Topping and the houses clinging to the cliffs at Scarborough’s South Bay.

For the project Debbie has spent days walking sections of the trail in different seasons, revisiting spots to make sketches and collecting items that are eventually incorporated into the artwork. For instance visitors will see an image of Nettledale which includes pigment from local earth and charcoal, while a painting from Roulston Scar has been created with the help of mark-making materials such as grasses and pheasant feathers.

Alongside 109 Miles, visitors will be able to see the Cleveland Way in Miniature, a collection of postcard-size works of art dedicated to the National Trail which will be available to purchase. A Nostalgia gallery will also display items and memorabilia relating to the trail which have been lent by the public.  

A preview of 109 Miles will be held on Thursday 9 May (pre-booking required by 7 May) when guests will have the first opportunity to buy a piece from the exhibition.

A Meet the Artist event will be held on the opening day on Saturday 11 May from 2pm until 4pm. Debbie will also be leading a family drawing and a natural landscape workshop on Saturday 18 May and Sunday 19 May respectively. All her works will be for sale and there will also be an accompanying 20 page publication available to purchase.

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Notes to editors:

National Trails

National Trails are long distance routes for walking, running and sometimes cycling and horse riding through the finest landscapes in England and Wales. Altogether there are about 2,500 miles (4,000km) of National Trails in England and Wales. There are 15 Trails in England and Wales.

The Cleveland Way was the second National Trail to open. The trail launched on 24 May 1969. It runs for 109 miles in a horseshoe loop across much of the North York Moors National Park between Helmsley and Filey. The coastal Cleveland Way follows part of the England Coast Path, which will be 2,795 miles (4,500km) long when it is completed in 2020.

The Cleveland Way attracts thousands of visitors every year, mainly from the UK, but also from all over the world, especially the Netherlands and Germany.

The Cleveland Way is managed through the Cleveland Way Partnership by the North York Moors National Park Authority and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. Most of the funding for the National Trail comes from Natural England with additional support from the managing authorities.

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres), the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.6 million visitors a year.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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Or Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority: 
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