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From artisan glass-makers, to award-winning textile artist – sneak peek of up-and-coming exhibitions at National Park gallery

Artwork by Ian McCulleyArtwork by Ian McCulley

With an exciting and vibrant series of exhibitions set to come to the beautiful Inspired by…gallery near Danby, art lovers are being given the opportunity to catch a first glimpse of some of the celebrated pieces soon to be on show.

From the likes of acclaimed landscape painter Len Tabner, to esteemed textile artist Amanda Cobbett, to the inaugural winner of the North York Moors National Park Art Award Ian McCulley – the ‘A First Glimpse’ exhibition, which will be officially launched on 15 February, will give visitors a taste for what is to come for 2020.

Len Tabner

Sally Ann Smith, Inspired by… gallery curator, said: “We offer visitors the rare opportunity to experience internationally acclaimed art surrounded by stunning moorland and rolling hills. This year’s season will be filled with dramatic oil paintings, colourful textiles, stunning blown glassware and plenty more making our charming gallery an irresistible destination to retreat and experience some wonderful pieces of art.”

The exhibition will be taking place until 23 March and will also include work from artisan glassmakers Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones, who operates from their studio in the village of Rosedale Abbey. The pair have become known for developing a unique aesthetic that draws inspiration from the elemental beauty of the North York Moors.

Gillies Jones Glass

Kate said: “As we celebrate our 25th year making glass within the North York Moors, we are delighted to be exhibiting inside a gallery that is set in a landscape which directly inspires our work. Our October exhibition ‘A Portrait of Place’ will explore the depth and breadth of this landscape, the geology, rivers systems and the marks left by management practices of the current custodians of the land.

“Just as changing light illuminates the landscape, light is integral to our work, animating our glass, revealing layers of colours and engraving. The ‘A First Glimpse’ exhibition does just that, allows visitors an introduction to the depth and breadth of the work to come in 2020.”

The exhibition will be launched on 15 February where there will be a 12 noon – 12.30pm private view for supporters of the gallery followed be a 1pm - 3pm preview for the public. The exhibition will then remain open daily from 10.30am until 4pm until 23 March. Entry is free.

For more information regarding this or any other exhibitions that will be taking place this year please visit the Inspired homepage.


Media contact

Charlie Fox, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority 
01439 772700

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 8 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

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.

Further information about the North York Moors National Park and other press releases are available on this website.