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‘Wearable art’ inspired by trailblazing industrial heritage on show in new exhibition

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13 August 2020

The Inspired by… gallery near Danby will soon unveil a unique series of textile art inspired by the North York Moors’ industrial past.

150 years ago, the valleys and hills of North York Moors were filled with fire, smoke and noise as a short but intense period of ironstone mining and railway construction ripped through the land.

Now, thanks to a talented group of artisans called Cleveland Fibre Arts, the story of the ‘Land of Iron’ will be reimagined through pieces such as rust-dyed garments, felting, patchwork and plenty more. It will also explore how nature has reclaimed these spaces through work that reflects setting, texture, shape and form.

Tom Mutton, Land of Iron Programme Manager for the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “This will no doubt be a thought-provoking exhibition illustrating the connectivity of our cultural heritage from a passionate group dedicated to keeping the historic knowledge of spinning, weaving, dyeing and embroidery alive.

“For the last four years, the Land of Iron project has recorded, conserved and protected some of the most iconic industrial structures that remain, helped nurture local wildlife, and ensured this important part of our history is not forgotten.

“We are delighted that this exhibition will shed new light on our work, which has been generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the National Park Authority, David Ross Foundation, and other partners.”

Entry to the exhibition is free and will be running from Saturday 5 September to Monday 5 October. Ten mannequins will be on display, all showcasing wearable art crafted by members of the group. There will also be a range of other textile creations including a historically inspired family of miners.

Poster by James McGairyAt the same time, another exhibition from a group of selected artists will showcase a collection of railway poster-style artworks once again inspired by the Land of Iron project.

The gallery will be open from 10am to 5pm daily and all visitors are required to wear a mask in the gallery and throughout the National Park Centre in line with latest Government guidelines. The National Park Centre has received VisitEngland's 'We're Good To Go' kitemark, an accreditation that shows all facilities are following the latest Government and industry Covid-19 safety guidelines.

The ‘wearable art’ exhibition is part of the £4 million Land of Iron project which thanks to players of the National Lottery is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to showcase how the National Park’s remarkable landscape has been shaped over time by nature, climate, industry and people.

Poster by Jane Dennis

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Media contact

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

01439 772700

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 8.4 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.

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