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Thursday 19 October to Tuesday 14 November

Free Entry: 10am to 5pm (November 10.30am to 4pm)

Meet the Artists: Saturday 21 October, 12 noon to 3pm

Celebrate the landscape and wildlife of the North York Moors with featured photographers including Joe Cornish, Peter Leeming, Lucy Saggers, Karl Holtby, Steve Race, Robert Fuller, John Clifton, Lizzie Shepherd, Richard and Janet Burdon, Dave Mead and John Potter.

Also on show in the gallery is sculptor David Cooke, who creates dynamic wildlife pieces in a variety of styles and media.

The Inspired by... gallery is delighted to be a partner in Moorsview 2017, a linked touring exhibition and photography seminar, featuring these renowned local photographers. The Moorsview programme also includes:

  • Moorsview 2017 Seminar - Kirk Theatre, Pickering (9 September). Learn from the experts, with a particular focus on the practical aspects of both landscape and wildlife photography. Proceeds from Moorsview 2017 will be split between Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team and local wildlife and conservation charities.
  • Moorsview Extras - Workshops and photowalks in Whitby and the North York Moors, both inland and on the National Park coastline (8-10 September)

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Featured photographers

Joe Cornish

Joe CornishLandscape photographer Joe Cornish lives on the western edge of the North York Moors, close to the local landmark of Roseberry Topping.

For Joe, this is no pristine wilderness, or manicured park, but rather a working upland covered by great carpets of heather that can be a forbidding, bristling black, or an opulent purple haze, depending on the conditions and time of year.

Joe regards landscape photography as the ‘Art of Acute Observation’. It is the process of organising shape, line, form, light, energy and space within the camera's viewfinder, and pressing the shutter at the moment that best distills the ideas that are potential in the image.

Joe says: “The years of walking, of standing in the teeth of a gale, or clambering through snowdrifts, of marvelling at spring wildflowers in the gritty, peaty soils, of watching the sun sinking over the blanket of August heather, or of climbing up through mist onto high ridges on an autumn morning … these years have helped me understand the moods and beauty of the moors.

The camera has helped me understand this is a truly living landscape of variety, character, history, humanity … a place that has retained its traditions and remains untainted by industrialised tourism. And the art in photography has helped me to cultivate the love which I feel for the North York Moors.”

Peter Leeming

Peter LeemingPeter Leeming is an award-winning landscape photographer and writer, whose images have been published in a variety of magazines and journals and also used on television. He lives in the heart of the North York Moors National Park.

As a biologist by training, a mountaineer by way of life, and as a photographer searching for depth, Peter's images reflect his sense of place in wild landscapes. He works with film cameras and his images tend toward the evocative with a degree of mystery, rather than the purely representational or descriptive. He is particularly known for his mountain panoramas.

Peter has exhibited widely. His highly praised ‘In the Flow of Time’ images of the wilder parts of the United Kingdom received wide acclaim at exhibitions in Bath, at Beverley Minster and at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

Peter's photographic art of Yorkshire's ‘Dinosaur Coast’ has largely been recorded at dawn or dusk, and has involved epic struggles with tides, darkness, capricious weather and rock-falls.

Peter Leeming is represented by several galleries in North Yorkshire and also by Black Swan Arts in Frome, Somerset. Peter co-runs the Gallery Within, at Joe Cornish Galleries in Northallerton, and has a growing number of clients around the world who buy his Limited Edition prints. Peter also runs landscape photography workshops.

Steve Race

Steve RaceSteve Race is an award-winning wildlife photographer based in Scarborough. He has lived on the Yorkshire coast all his life and – as a keen naturalist for over 30 years – believes there is no better place for variety of habitats and amazing wildlife.

Inspired by the natural world around him, Steve has an eye for wildlife that results in incredible images, which have been seen in national and regional newspapers and magazines, websites and other publications. Steve's images have also been used by the RSPB, the National Trust and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

In 2013 his work was “Commended” in the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ and ‘British Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ awards. In 2014 he was “Commended” in the ‘Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition’ at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA.

Robert Fuller

Robert FullerRobert is best known as one of Britain’s foremost wildlife artists, but he is also an accomplished photographer - painstakingly observing and capturing the behaviours of his wild subjects as source material for subsequent paintings.  In 2016 he won the British Seasons category in the British Wildlife Photography Awards for his series of shots of a family of weasels.  The previous year his stunning shot of ‘Sparring Sparrowhawks’ was highly commended in the same awards.

Recently you may have seen Robert’s fantastic footage of Kingfishers - featured recently in the BBC’s Springwatch series. The images were the result of months of work in constructing a hide specifically for the purpose of observing, photographing and filming these glorious creatures.

Lucy Saggers 

Lucy SaggersLucy Saggers is an award-winning photographer of rural life, who is currently documenting the richness of life in her home village of Ampleforth. Lucy's evocative black and white images capture the allure of the landscape, and the essence of ordinary lives - recording the small, often unseen moments, to tell a contemporary story of the fabric of the countryside. Her work blends landscape and documentary photography - exploring the interactions between the land and the people that work it. The character of one is shaped by the other, and vice versa.

Her work challenges us to consider the ‘living landscape’ - something which is used, exploited, formed by the rural economy and our other interactions with it. For me Lucy's deliberate use of stark black and white also helps to draw out these graphic interactions, lending her images a certain timeless quality that stands apart from much contemporary landscape photography.

Lucy Saggers was a finalist in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year in 2015 and 2016, and shortlisted this year. She was also Craft Photographer of the Year in 2015 and reached the 2nd round of the National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Her presentation at Moorsview 2017 will add another fascinating and inspirational strand to the day.

Karl Holtby

Karl HoltbyKarl Holtby is a photographer with a particular interest in the natural world, landscapes and fine art photography. With a background in conservation, it is often the ecological detail that intrigues and is equally important as the stunning vistas, along with the depiction of man’s influence on the landscape that captures his imagination. Images will often be composed of abstract form in the landscape, with the aim of evoking emotion and capturing the ambiance of the location. Karl has exhibited widely, most notably at the Joe Cornish Galleries, in Northallerton. Currently in collaboration with Sigma UK and Manfrotto, Karl is providing written articles for Manfrotto's various social media / websites and testing of products. 2015 has been a good year as one of three UK testers of a new Sigma camera and most recently Karl has been short listed for black & white photographer of the year.

Karl is available for commissions and also offers one to one bespoke workshops.