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Artists invited to create mini Cleveland Way artworks

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Established and emerging artists are being invited to create miniature works of art using the long distance National Trail that runs across the North York Moors National Park as their source of inspiration.  

The artists’ work will be displayed on postcards for the Cleveland Way in Miniature exhibition which will be staged at the National Park’s Inspired by… gallery in Danby in late spring.

The exhibition, which will run from 11 May until 9 June as part of the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cleveland Way, will create a raft of original and affordable art for visitors to buy.

Artists can submit up to six original pieces of postcard art using any medium – from drawings, photographs and paintings through to printmaking and textiles. Applications and artwork must be with the gallery by 1 May and more information can be found on

To add to the intrigue the postcards will remain unsigned when they are on display, with the artist’s name only being revealed after each card has been purchased.

Sally Ann Smith, curator for the Inspired by… gallery explains: “Since the Cleveland Way was first established, the 109-mile route between Helmsley and Filey has provided a fantastic way for artists to access such an inspiring landscape.

“The trail has also found its way into the affections of so many other people which is why it makes sense to stage an exhibition where visitors can easily collect a piece of art that marks the anniversary.

“We know how popular previous postcard exhibitions have been with artwork flying off the walls as visitors love the fact they can buy and take home something that is original and collectable.”

Cleveland Way in Miniature will run alongside the Inspired by… gallery’s 109 Miles exhibition, presenting a major new body of work created by the National Trail’s artist in residence Debbie Loane from Easingwold.

Other celebration plans to commemorate the Cleveland Way’s half centenary include a special event at Helmsley on the actual day of the anniversary on 24 May; and two annual walking festivals which will be dedicated to routes along the trail.

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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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For further information and images please contact Amanda Brown at A2BPR on:

T: 01423 740048
M: 07876 452580

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

T: 01439 772700