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Vienna Forrester’s Our Land, Our Sea exhibition at the Inspired by… gallery – and across the North York Moors by bus!

Squall Staithes (c) Vienna ForresterSquall Staithes (c) Vienna Forrester

17 July 2019

Saturday 3 August to Monday 2 September

In a groundbreaking initiative, the next exhibition at North Yorkshire’s Inspired by… gallery will also be displayed to travellers by bus across the North York Moors National Park.

Vienna Forrester’s Our Land, Our Sea, an exploration of the protected landscapes of the National Park and the Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) of Runswick Bay using Vienna’s unique digital ‘fractal art’ techniques, will be seen at the Danby gallery from Saturday 3 August to Monday 2 September. Between the same dates, the images will also be on screens on two Moorsbus coaches covering the North York Moors National Park and surrounding towns and villages.

The exhibition features abstract art created as an emotional response to this remarkable world and the more familiar landscapes of the Moors and coast.

The North Lincolnshire-based artist says: “I am really happy to be working with Moorsbus, as I’m interested in creating art that 'escapes' the gallery setting into places where you wouldn’t expect to see a mini-exhibition like this.  

“Moorsbus offers a vital service, allowing people, many of whom do not have access to a car, to explore beautiful locations in the North York Moors National Park.  I think that access to art is important too, so teaming up with Moorsbus was ideal.”  

Vienna Forrester has been developing her digital fractal art techniques since 2004. Her new exhibition explores and interprets the protected landscapes of the North York Moors National Park and the Marine Conservation Zone of Runswick Bay, highlighting the importance of protecting not only the environment we can see, but also that which lies hidden beneath the sea.

Vienna says: “What I aim to portray is the memory of place as it appeared in a snapshot of time, almost like a retinal imprint that remains when the eyes are closed.”

North York Moors National Park Senior Ranger (Coast) Bernard McLinden, hopes that the exhibition will help to raise awareness of the region’s MCZ: “MCZs, together with other types of marine protected areas, form the UK contribution to an international network of protected sites in the north east Atlantic. The vision of these marine protected sites is for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas.”

Our Land, Our Sea will also feature conservation-themed postcards created by pupils from West Cliff Primary School in Whitby.

There will be an evening reception and Meet the Artist event on Friday 2 August from 6pm.

Our Land, Our Sea is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The Inspired by… gallery at the The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm daily in August, and 10am to 5pm daily in September.

The gallery hosts temporary exhibitions of work by contemporary artists and craftworkers who draw their inspiration from the landscape, life, light and colour of the North York Moors.

For more information on the exhibition, go to: www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/see-and-do/inspired-by-gallery/future

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Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority, on 01439 772700 or press@northyorkmoors.org.uk

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 7.9 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.

To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk